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SJHN Daily: Marleau in Disguise, Dell Joins Jumbo’s Team, Sturm Has Procedure

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Nico Sturm confirmed that he has a hand injury.

We could’ve guessed that, based on this clip and his subsequent appearances at San Jose Sharks practices in full gear, but without a stick. Sturm hasn’t played since Dec. 12.

But the centerman added to that, telling the Mercury News yesterday that he had a procedure inside that injured right hand. Sturm, apparently, has been dealing with this injury for a year.

“It was just at the point where there was so much inflammation in there,” Sturm said.

There’s no timeline for his return, though head coach David Quinn termed it more week-to-week instead of day-to-day or month-to-month.

Sharks Practice: Sturm Out How Long? Studnicka Will Play Tomorrow, Vlasic Rejoins Team

AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…

Barracuda defensemen Shakir Mukhamadullin and Leon Gawanke are providing lots of offense for the team but still working on the defensive component of their game.

San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn has liked what he’s seen from Filip Zadina recently: “There’s no BS in his game right now.”

Justin Bailey’s “infectious” effort is helping him finally find an NHL home.

On Tuesday, Logan Couture—who’s been out all season with a lower-body injury—participated in the San Jose Sharks morning skate for the first time this year.

Anthony Duclair is ready to “turn the page” after being scratched in the 6-2 loss to Colorado last Sunday.

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IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…

Sharks players introduced their holiday outfits (we’re still debating whose knot wins…):

Aaron Dell is part of co-GM Joe Thornton’s Spengler Cup squad.

Barracuda veteran forward Scott Sabourin scored a Gordie Howe hat trick (a goal, an assist and a fight) and added a second assist in the 8-6 loss to Tucson.

Thomas Bordeleau talks three citizenships, clothing design gig, and his hockey pedigree (both his dad and grandfather played in the NHL.)

Matt Dumba confirms that he talked to the San Jose Sharks about signing with them during the summer.

AROUND THE NHL…

Former Philadelphia Flyers star Jaromir Jagr gets an assist in his Czech league season debut at age 51.

Boston Bruins loaned their rookie center Matt Poitras to Team Canada for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Macklin Celebrini is writing a World Juniors diary.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon hit another milestone, scoring his 300th NHL goal on Thursday.

Alex Ovechkin ended his 14-game goal drought with a dramatic game-winner on Thursday night.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart, along with Sir Mix-A-Lot, will perform at the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Seattle.

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