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Injured Reimer, Sturm Will Not Make Seattle Trip; Dell Recalled

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The San Jose Sharks have recalled goaltender Aaron Dell.

He will be taking James Reimer’s place on the Sharks’ road trip to Seattle and will back up Kaapo Kahkonen. San Jose visits Climate Pledge Arena on Nov. 23 for a one-game road trip.

“He’s injured a little bit, but this isn’t gonna be long-term,” San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn said of Reimer today. “This might be a one-game situation.”

Quinn says that Reimer has a lower-body injury.

Reimer was spectacular in his last performance on Nov. 19 against the New York Rangers, stopping 41-of-42 shots in a 2-1 loss. The Sharks had an off-day the next day, and Reimer appeared to participate in full during yesterday’s morning skate, even debuting his brand-new Reverse Retro mask.

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Kahkonen started last night against the Ottawa Senators, turning away 36 of 37 shots in a 5-1 San Jose Sharks’ win, but Reimer did back up.

Dell says though that he got the call last night to report to the Sharks: “We had just got to Ontario.”

Perhaps Reimer got injured in warm-ups? That’s just pure speculation on my part.

The San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate is set to take on the Ontario Reign on Nov. 23 at Toyota Arena. In a corresponding move, the Barracuda called up Strauss Mann from the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder.

Dell, who played for the Sharks from 2016 to 2020, has been with the San Jose Barracuda this season. The 33-year-old is 3-3-0 with a .904 Save %.

In other San Jose Sharks’ injury news, Quinn said that Nico Sturm will not make the Seattle trip.

Sturm was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury against the Senators. The big centerman had taken a head shot from Ryan Carpenter in the Rangers’ tilt, though he did finish that contest.

Quinn did indicate that Sturm was feeling better today.

On the bright side, Quinn also reported that Radim Simek is cleared to play tomorrow. Simek took a head shot from Mason Shaw on Nov. 13 and has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury.

In Simek’s place, rookie Nick Cicek has made his NHL debut. Presuming that Dell has been called up on an emergency basis, the Sharks can keep both Simek and Cicek on the roster for Seattle.

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