The San Jose Sharks announced Saturday that defender Erik Karlsson will not play again this season. Karlsson broke his thumb in Winnipeg on Saturday and will require surgery.
Karlsson, 29, exited Friday night’s game after falling awkwardly in front of his team’s net.
Not sure if this is why Karlsson missed last 13:26 of game, but he fell awkwardly over Thornton at end of his last shift pic.twitter.com/UWGUiq6w2Q
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) February 15, 2020
The Sharks have struggled all season, particularly with goaltending. In December they fired long-time coach Pete DeBoer, replacing him with Bob Boughner. The team’s fortunes improved after that, but they still sit well outside the West’s wild-card spots.
Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has played more minutes than any San Jose skater besides Brent Burns. Last July he signed an eight-year deal with the team.
In the game on February 14 in Winnipeg, San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a broken thumb on his left hand, which will require surgery.
The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season but he will be recovered well in advance of the team’s 2020 training camp in September.
Additionally, the team announced that they have recalled defenseman Jake Middleton from the San Jose Barracuda, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
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