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That Has Got To Hurt

Glancing at the list of injuries assorted Sharks were laboring with during the playoffs... it's easy to be of two minds on this.  One says "well, that explains why this or that player was off their game."  The other says "and what, every team doesn't go through this in the playoffs including the ones that are still playing?"  So I'm not really sure what to make of it all.

Anyway, here's the list:
  • Kyle McLaren: -- Groin and unspecified knee problem.  No surprise; he was noticeably ineffective in the regular season after trying to come back from knee surgery in January.
  • Christian Ehrhoff: High ankle sprain.  Played fairly well in the post-season, or at the least wasn't any more bumbling with the puck than anyone else behind the blueline.
  • Brian Campbell: MCL sprain incurred against Calgary; MRI scheduled for next week on his right knee and shoulder.  So was that why he was dreadful?
  • Craig Rivet: Assorted injuries (wrist, knee and elbow).  Still played okay.
  • Milan Michalek: Shoulder (still can't find any details as to nature or severity of injury).  One can only wonder if the overtime in Game Six against Dallas would have been different had he not been unable to play.  Ah well.
  • Patrick Marleau: Scheduled to have an MRI on his shoulder.  Nevertheless, played like a leader.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo: Sprained MCL.  Didn't score much, but played hard.
  • Devin Setoguchi: Left shoulder surgery and sports hernia surgery.  Good thing he's young so he'll heal faster.  Wonder when he'll be back.
  • Mike Grier: Arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.  Which may explain why he was invisible most of the time during the post-season.
  • Joe Thornton: The story says "MRI on his leg due to a hit in Game 6."  I'm assuming this was the Dallas series (the Sharks have got to hire some better writers for their Web site).  So what was the excuse before then?
  • Patrick Rissmiller: Sports hernia requiring surgery.  Reference earlier "good thing he's young" comment.
  • Curtis Brown: MRI scheduled on his left hand.  Which could explain why he didn't see more ice time.

Get well, gentlemen.