Breaking: Sharks defenseman Radim Simek out for season
SAN JOSE — Defenseman Radim Simek will miss the rest of the season with damage to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, dealing another blow to an already shorthanded Sharks defense corps with a less than a month to go before the start of the NHL playoffs.
Simek, 26, suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg and will undergo surgery. No timetable has been set for his return.
The Sharks are already without Erik Karlsson, who continues to recover from a second groin injury he suffered in a Feb. 26 game against the Boston Bruins. Karlsson said recently that he would be back for the start of the playoffs in early April, but wasn’t sure if he could play again in the regular season.
Simek’s knee was bent awkwardly after Andrew Copp fell on his right leg. Simek spent a few minutes laying on the ice before he Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl helped to carry him off.
Simek’s injury means Joakim Ryan will draw into the lineup for the first time since Jan. 22, when both Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were out with injuries.
Simek has played a key role in the Sharks midseason turnaround, stabilizing Burns’ pairing when he joined the lineup on Dec. 2.
The Sharks are 28-9-3 with Simek in the lineup this season. He’s posted a plus-7 rating while averaging 15:33 of ice time.
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Author: Curtis Pashelka