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Former trainer says Hertl could miss anywhere between 3-9 months

Jan 1, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

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San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and the team announced that they expect a full recovery. The question is: how long will that rehab take?’s Kevin Kurz caught up with an anonymous former NHL trainer who gave a best-case scenario for Hertl’s return (three months) and grimmer outlook that would span six-to-nine months.

“A PCL is about as big around as your pinkie,” The unnamed trainer said. “Let’s say a quarter of the PCL was torn, and they went in and cleaned up the fibers, and stuff like that. Well, then it won’t be six months. It will probably be three months.

“Usually, a PCL repair or reconstruction is about the same rehab time as an ACL reconstruction. If they truly reconstructed and fixed it, it’s a six-to-nine month process.”

It’s not all bad news, according to the trainer (who hasn’t treated the 20-year-old). The bright side is that he didn’t damage his ACL, so he’s likely to avoid any long-term effects like a loss of explosiveness.

The waiting game might not be a lot of fun, but at least it sounds like Hertl will be OK when this all blows over. It’s just unclear when, exactly, that will happen.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Caption on the title says pcl, not acl. I’m sorry I really couldn’t resist.

    • James O'Brien - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Fixed, thanks.

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM


    posterior cruciate ligament…

    it’s circular…some call it sphincter…some call it ringmeat…some call it the new kid in block c cell eleven

    obey the law or become…


    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Good stuff, muckle….I needed a chuckle!

  3. btlpper68 - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Hate brown

    • joey4id - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Whenever you have 10 bodies moving as fast as these can in a small confined area you are going to have collisions, and some will lead to bad injuries. They are part of the game. That being said, I really hope the kid will come back before the playoffs begin.

  4. phillyphannnn83 - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    How does sjsharks99 comment on every single Flyers and Pens article but not on his own team’s? The answer is simple, he’s just a hater troll.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      ^^^ that, my friends, is a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black

      • phillyphannnn83 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        False. I ONLY comment on Flyers articles. There’s just so few posts on the Sharks that I took the opportunity to call a troll out. And when you go check my post history, you have to check 4 screen names, phillyphan83, phillyphann83, phillyphannn83, and this one. Good luck.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    It’s 66 not 99. Plus, I have commented on every article about Hertl. How many times can I say “Brown is a POS and it was no accident”?

    Thanks for thinking about me though. 😉

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    *Adam Oates quickly stashes his Hertl voodoo doll away*

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