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Sharks’ Joe Thornton To Miss Several Weeks With MCL Injury

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The San Jose Sharks will be without veteran centerman Joe Thornton who will miss several weeks due to an MCL injury, Sharks’ general manager Doug Wilson announced.

Wilson says the club is awaiting the results of an MRI to determine whether surgery is necessary, so this story is likely to be updated soon.

Thornton, 38, left with 40 seconds left in the third period of Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

Thornton has 13 goals and 23 assists in 47 games this season, which is his 20th in the NHL.

 

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Sharks’ Joe Thornton Expects to Be Back at Full Strength

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San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton, who is coming off his second straight season with a major knee injury, is confident that he will be back to 100% this season for San Jose, and is feeling pretty good as the 2018-2019 regular season is on the horizon.

“I feel good” Thornton admitted, according to The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz.

“I know my birth certificate says 39, but I think not playing a full 82 games and playoffs last year, my body feels really, really good and I feel healthy. It’s kind of like a lockout year for myself, you get time to refocus and finally train a little bit and go again. I’m real excited for the year… I think when I’m out there I dictate the play. It doesn’t matter who I play against, I usually dictate the play. I’ve had that criticism for 22 years. I think I’ve kept up pretty good.”

Thornton will have to show he still has it after tearing the MCL and ACL ligaments in his right knee last season, after doing so in his left knee in the 2016-2017 season.

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Sharks, Logan Couture Agree To 8-Year, $64 Million Extension

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The San Jose Sharks are ensuring that their longtime player stays on the team for many years to come as the Sharks agree to terms with Logan Couture on an eight-year, $64 million contract extension, according to ESPN.

Couture, who was a first-round pick by San Jose back in 2007,  is entering the final year of a five-year, $30 million deal and now will be under contract through the 2026-27 season.

Couture, 29, has said that he never wants to leave the organization, and has collected 213 goals and 224 assists in 582 career games.

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John Tavares Set To Meet With Sharks, Leafs, Bruins, Lightning, Stars

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New York Islanders’ captain John Tavares, a pending unrestricted free agent, will be a busy man over the course of the next few days.

Tavares will meet with the San Jose SharksToronto Maple LeafsDallas StarsBoston Bruins, and Tampa Bay Lightning this week at the CAA offices in Los Angeles, California, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun also said that the Islanders are still in the mix and added that 2-3 teams will speak with Tavares over the phone and, depending on the conversation, will decide if he will meet either, or both, in person.

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