Logan Couture out after surgery to repair 'small arterial bleed'

Logan Couture out after surgery to repair 'small arterial bleed'

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture underwent a procedure to repair an arterial bleed near his right thigh on Thursday night, the team announced. While the Sharks said there was no timeframe for Couture’s recovery they don’t expect Couture to be out long-term.

According to the Sharks, Couture suffered the issue in the team’s Wednesday game at the Edmonton Oilers.

Below is part of San Jose’s statement from general manager Doug Wilson.

In Wednesday night's game in Edmonton, Logan suffered trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game. Upon returning to San Jose, it was discovered that there was a small arterial bleed in the area. Last night, Logan underwent a successful procedure in San Jose to close the artery and is expected to make a full recovery.

CSN Bay Area chronicled the moments before Couture exited the game.

Just prior to leaving the ice, Couture with his regular linemates Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau and stopped in front of goalie Martin Jones with 7:08 to go in the second. Nothing appeared to be wrong, but he did not play after that.

Couture suffered a fractured right fibula at an Oct. 15 practice at Prudential Center in New Jersey. He returned Dec. 8 at the Calgary Flames before leaving the Dec. 9 game.

Couture sent out a tweet thanking fans for their support.

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The Sharks said this issue isn’t related to Couture’s prior injury. He has two points in five games played. Last season Couture notched 67 points and 27 goals in 82 games. He has scored 31 or more goals twice in his career.

The Sharks are in third place in the Pacific Division at 14-3-1, but are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games played.

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