SAN JOSE — The Sharks have recalled veteran defenseman Paul Martin from the Barracuda, an indication, perhaps, that Brent Burns may not be able to play Tuesday when San Jose visits the St. Louis Blues.
Burns left Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars early in the third period with an unspecified injury. The day before, he was unable to make it through a full practice with what was described as general soreness.
Burns, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, leads the Sharks in points (50), assists (40), shots (246), power play scoring (22 points) and time on ice (25:13).
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After Sunday’s game, a 5-2 Sharks win, captain Joe Pavelski and defenseman Justin Braun both felt that Burns’ ailment wasn’t serious enough for him to miss any time. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer, though, offered a more tempered assessment, saying only “we’ll see” when asked about the defenseman’s health
Burns was expected to travel with the Sharks to St. Louis, the first stop in a four-game road trip that continues through Nashville, Chicago and Minnesota.
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Martin has not played an NHL game since Dec. 7 as he battled injuries through the first half of the season. Unable to crack the lineup when he was healthy again, Martin requested to be placed on waivers so he could begin to play games with the Barracuda.
Martin cleared waivers on Jan. 16, and had two assists in 18 games with the Barracuda this season.
Forward Rudolfs was also recalled by the Sharks from the AHL on Monday.
To make room for Martin and Balcers, forwards Joel Ward and Tomas Hertl were placed on injured reserve. The Sharks are
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports