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Sharks lose Brad Stuart for at least three games

Feb 25, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 25: Brad Stuart #7 of the San Jose Sharks shoots the puck against the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center on January 25, 2014 in San Jose, California. Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks will kick off their post-Olympics schedule with a contest in Philadelphia on Thursday, but they’ll have to do so without Brad Stuart.

The 34-year-old defenseman won’t participate in the Sharks’ upcoming three-game road trip due to an upper-body injury he sustained during their last contest before the break on Feb. 7. He hasn’t practiced for a couple days as a result of the ailment, but he did skate on Monday.

When Sharks coach Todd McLellan was asked if he saw this as a long-term or short-term injury, he pointed out that its already technically been a while given that Stuart’s had weeks to heal up. Beyond that, he suggested that the team is playing it by ear when it comes to the timetable.

“He won’t get through this road trip. After that, we’ll see where he is when we get back,” McLellan told CSN Bay Area.

San Jose ranks eighth with a 83.7% success rate when it comes to killing penalties this season and Brad Stuart has played a significant role in that. He also ranks second on the team in hits (100) and third in blocked shots (101).

  1. sjsharks66 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    So much for everyone being healthy again. Haha I spoke too soon in the previous article.

  2. skr213 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Jesus, can we catch a friggin break with all the injuries?? Just when Cooch and Raffi get back, now this?

  3. pantherpro - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Stanly is ours

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