Tomas Hertl only played in games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final, missing the rest of the series thanks to a “lower body injury.” Now we know that Hertl received an injury to the same knee that Dustin Brown toasted a couple seasons ago. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Hertl won’t need surgery.
Hertl says no surgery needed on right knee. Was hurt on a Hornqvist hit with 5 minutes left in Game 2— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) June 13, 2016
The Sharks missed Hertl dearly. The Czech forward was San Jose’s best forward through the first two games of the Final and the team’s already limited forward depth was stretched incredibly thin after his injury. While all that was pretty terrible as San Jose tried to bring home its first title, it’s very good news that he won't need surgery.
Related: Earlier in the day, Czech journalist Roman Jedlicka tweeted the following.
What will DeBoer say today? Day-to-day or truth? The fact is that Hertl has season ending injury... https://t.co/kOwamX3ycy— Roman Jedlicka (@jedli) June 13, 2016
DeBoer, because this is the way the NHL deals with injuries, never confirmed that Hertl would be out for the rest of the series. It doesn’t really matter, of course, but the whole thing is a little silly. The good news is that Hertl should be good to go for the start of next season.