Sharks' Braun To Have Surgery: Justin Braun (hand) will have surgery on an injured hand this postseason, CSN Bay Area is reporting. (Updated 5/30/13)
Hand - (Updated - 5/31/13)
Justin Braun was a fixture on the Sharks blueline this season, though he only registered one point in their 11 game postseason. Braun indicated that the injury is "just minor" and that he will be ready to go before the pre-season begins. (Updated 5/30/13).
05/30/2013 23:12 Sharks' Braun To Have Surgery
Braun (hand) will have surgery on an injured hand this postseason, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.Braun was a fixture on the Sharks blueline this season, though he only registered one point in their 11 game postseason. No timeline on his recovery or the severity of the injury yet, but there's no indication that Braun won't be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season.
05/26/2013 22:49 Thornton sets tone early as Sharks force Game 7 vs. LA
Joe Thornton got San Jose off to a fast start with a power-play goal in the first period and TJ Galiardi added a goal in the second to help the Sharks force a decisive seventh game with a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.
05/26/2013 21:37 Sharks' Braun Returns
Braun, who left Sunday's Game 6 against the Kings in the first period after appearing to suffer a leg injury, was able to return to the contest.While Braun is not a big contributor on offense, his return to the ice is a welcome one with regards to the Sharks' blue line depth, with the team trying to avoid elimination Sunday, down 3-2 in their series to the Kings.
05/26/2013 20:52 Sharks' Braun Banged Up
Braun was forced out of Sunday's Game 6 against the Kings in the first period after appearing to suffer a leg injury while hopping over the boards, NHL.com reports.Braun, who went into Sunday's game with one assist in nine playoff games, is coming off a regular season campaign that saw him record seven assists in 41 contests.
Justin Braun could be the odd-man out on the Sharks' blue line now that Brad Stuart is in town. It's not that he doesn't have talent; there's only so many minutes to go around. Braun has a great shot and moves the puck with ease. And his defensive game has improved immensely. But, with a top five of Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Stuart, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Douglas Murray, the remaining ice time will be thin at best. Braun will need to unseat Jason Demers for that sixth spot and that spot could end up being a revolving door all season long. But, if Braun does earn it out of camp, watch for the Sharks to give him a shot on the second power-play unit. His value would be much higher on another squad. (Updated 8/14/12)