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Preview/Lines #39: Benning Has Season-Ending Hip Surgery

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A difficult season for Matt Benning is over.

Benning, out since Dec. 3 with a lower-body injury, just had hip surgery, per the San Jose Sharks, which should sideline him for the rest of the 2023-24 campaign.

The estimated recovery time for Benning is five months. He should be ready for training camp next season.

Benning, who enjoyed something of a breakout campaign last year, achieving a career-high in points and usage in the first season of a four-year contract, has never been able to get on track this season.

He’s played in just 14 games this year, going on the IR twice, on Halloween and on Dec. 12. It appears to be roughly the same injury that has affected him all year, judging by San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn’s previous statements.

This is yet another significant injury for the Sharks, who lead the NHL in man games lost:

SJHN Daily: Sharks Lead NHL in Man Games Lost

Benning was San Jose’s third most-used defenseman last year. In his place, the Sharks have turned to the likes of Kyle Burroughs, Ty Emberson, Calen Addison, Nikita Okhotiuk, Henry Thrun, Nikita Knyzhov, and Jan Rutta to help shoulder the load.

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David Quinn will announce his starter at about 5 PM today.

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