Marc-Edouard Vlasic missed Saturday’s game and will be absent for at least two more contests after being placed on the injured reserve list, per CSN Bay Area. What he’s dealing with is a matter of some debate.
The Sharks are officially calling it an upper-body injury, but Vlasic originally said he was sick, stating on Sunday, “I wasn’t feeling well before the game (on Saturday). Still not feeling well right now.”
Vlasic also described it as a “cold” because his “voice is not where I want it to be,” per the San Jose Mercury News. It’s hard to believe though that Vlasic would have been reserved over a cold.
That has led to some speculation that he’s suffering from a concussion, but it’s also possible that Vlasic is merely dealing with two unrelated issues. Per team policy, Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn’t offer much information.
“It’s upper body, so however he wants to tell you. I’m not changing the way we make announcements as far as injuries go,” McLellan said.
Vlasic sustained what’s believed to be a concussion during the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
The 27-year-old defenseman has 17 points and has been averaging 22:20 minutes per contest in 52 games this season. San Jose also called up 21-year-old Dylan DeMelo. He has four goals and 11 assists in 45 AHL contests in 2014-15.