Sharks provide some ‘good news’ on Vlasic

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Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic hasn’t played in a couple of weeks due to a lower-body injury. And with the playoffs set to start the week after next, they’d sure like him back pretty soon.

San Jose hosts Vancouver tonight, then hits the road for games Saturday in Nashville and Tuesday in Minnesota.

“He’s going to travel with us, which is good news,” said Sharks assistant coach Steve Spott on Thursday morning, per CSN Bay Area. “He’ll be able to be around our people on this road trip. When he gets back [is] up to our medical team. Obviously with Marc-Edouard, he’ll have to make the final decision when he feels he’s ready, but he will travel so that’s good news.”

Vlasic is a vital part of the Sharks’ back end. He may not get a ton of attention league-wide, but the 29-year-old has already been named to Team Canada’s World Cup roster, along with Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, and Shea Weber.

“If anything, he’s had a good rest during this time,” said Spott, “because we’re going to need him in the playoffs, and that’s the focus right now.”