SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture is now considered week-to-week after he had another setback with a lower-body injury that cost him the first half of the season.
Couture missed extensive time, from the start of training camp to the middle of last month, with an injury described by the veteran centerman in January as osteitis pubis, a condition that can result in debilitating groin or lower abdominal pain.
After a physically and mentally challenging rehabilitation, Couture returned to the Sharks on Jan. 20 for a game against the Anaheim Ducks. He has one assist in six games since his return, although the Sharks are 4-1-1 in that time.
“We’re very cautious with him,” Sharks coach David Quinn said after Monday’s practice. “A little bit of a setback.”
The Sharks will now be without their top two centers for an indefinite period after it was announced earlier Monday that Tomas Hertl is expected to miss several weeks after he decided to have surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left knee.
“Both of these guys, on top of being really good players, this organization means so much to them,” Quinn said of Couture and Hertl. “They’re both kind of throwbacks in a lot of ways and they don’t want to miss a game and they take an awful lot of responsibility on their shoulders.
“These guys are not only hurting physically but hurting mentally because they’re not going to be able to play.”
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