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Sharks' Joe Thornton (knee) out indefinitely with MCL injury

26 January 2018

Thornton is expected to miss "several weeks" due to an injury to his right MCL, so this move was nothing but a formality. The Sharks are still waiting for results from Thornton's MRI exam before determining a recovery plan.

Thornton was hurt late in San Jose's overtime loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. Thornton had undergone surgery this summer for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

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He has a respectable 36 points in 47 games, 18 of which came on the powerplay.

Thornton returned to the Sharks this season on a one year, eight million dollar deal, but his future with the team and in the National Hockey League is uncertain. Thornton's six goals in January are tied for the eighth-most in the league.

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In a January 23 game against the Winnipeg Jets, Joe Thornton left the ice with what was an apparent lower-body injury. Forward Joe Pavelski said the following of Thornton following Tuesday's loss.

Entering Wednesday, the Sharks held a three-point cushion on the Pacific Division's second playoff spot, which means they'd have home ice advantage in the first round if the postseason began today.

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The Sharks (26-14-7) will be back in action Thursday night when they host the New York Rangers (24-20-5).

Sharks' Joe Thornton (knee) out indefinitely with MCL injury