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DeBoer expects Couture, Thornton “back at some point”

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But, the Sharks have no “timeframe” on their return.

Dec 7, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose.  John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Peter DeBoer thinks that injured centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture “will be back at some point,” but does not have a timetable on their returns, the Sharks head coach told reporters in his pregame press conference this morning.

“I expect them both back. I don’t have a timeframe, and until then we’ll call it ‘day-to-day,’” DeBoer said to the media. “So that could be Saturday, it could be a month from Saturday.”

Logan Couture left the Sharks’ March 25th 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators after taking a puck to the mouth, and has not played since. Thornton left the first period of San Jose’s 3-1 win over Vancouver after suffering a left knee injury following an incidental collision with the Canucks’ Michael Chaput, and did not return.

Couture told reporters this morning that he is not sure if we will be able to play in the Sharks’ first postseason game next week, and has not skated since suffering the injury. He wore braces on his bottom teeth, according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz.

The injury shifted the teeth around in his mouth, and many of them will need to be removed entirely during the offseason, according to Couture. He does not have any lingering head issues, and has not lost any weight since the injury, he said.

Thornton, meanwhile, did not speak with reporters this morning, but told former teammate Jeremy Roenick that the injury “didn’t feel good,” Roenick revealed in yesterday’s episode of his “Roenick Life” podcast.

Thornton told Roenick that he was set to undergo an MRI on Monday, and that he was experiencing swelling and stiffness. Roenick speculated that the symptoms indicated Thornton had an MCL sprain, but as Kurz and the Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka pointed out, the recovery time from an MCL sprain varies greatly, depending upon the severity of the injury.

With the postseason fast approaching, it’s not likely the Sharks will provide additional updates with specificity until Couture or Thornton are cleared to return or officially ruled out. Given the Sharks’ own recent history, though, the “day-to-day” designation may be all we hear if Couture and/or Thornton don’t return.

Last spring, DeBoer described Tomas Hertl’s injury as “day-to-day” ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, following a report from a Czech journalist that Hertl would miss the rest of the season. Hertl did not play in the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final.