Couture has procedure to close artery, not expected to require ‘long-term recovery’

AP

A statement from Sharks GM Doug Wilson, on the health of forward Logan Couture:

“In Wednesday night’s game in Edmonton, Logan suffered trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game.

“Upon returning to San Jose, it was discovered that there was a small arterial bleed in the area. Last night, Logan underwent a successful procedure in San Jose to close the artery and is expected to make a full recovery.

“At this time, there is no projected time frame for his return to the ice but we do not expect this to be a long-term recovery.

“Fortunately, this injury is completely unrelated to his previous ankle injury.”

Couture had only just returned to action after missing 23 games with a fractured ankle.

Winless in their last five, the Sharks host Minnesota on Saturday. After that, it’s a five-game road trip through Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago and Los Angeles, followed by the Christmas break.

The Sharks recalled forward Ryan Carpenter from their AHL club today. Carpenter, 24, has two goals and 16 assists in 20 games for the Barracuda this season.

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