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SAN JOSE – The Sharks made a roster move on Friday, placing forward Eriah Hayes on waivers for the purposes of reassigning him to Worcester on Saturday if he goes unclaimed.
It’s not an indication that someone is ready to come off of the injured list, though, according to coach Todd McLellan. James Sheppard (left knee), Barclay Goodrow (left hand) and Tyler Kennedy (upper body) are all still out.
Sheppard looks to be the closest to returning, as he continues to practice with the team, albeit in a non-contact jersey. Goodrow is skating on his own with Mike Ricci, while Kennedy hasn’t been seen for a few days.
“Shep is getting closer but that’s not the reason for Eriah going on waivers. We eventually have to get down in numbers, and we want Eriah to play some games,” McLellan said.
As for Goodrow, his injury couldn’t have been more unfortunate in terms of timing. He said that he hurt his hand blocking a shot with about 20 seconds left in regulation in the Sharks’ final preseason game in Anaheim on Oct. 4.
McLellan said Goodrow, 21, would have been in the opening night lineup against the Kings alongside Chris Tierney and Tommy Wingels, had he been healthy.
“It’s definitely a tough break, but it’s something every hockey player and athlete goes through,” Goodrow said. “Injuries are part of the game. It’s something I need to regroup from and hopefully it gets better as soon as possible.”
There’s still a sense of satisfaction in making the team, though.
“For sure. It’s a lot of hard work that was put into this. It’s something I take a lot of pride in, and I’d just like to stay in shape as much as I can so I’m ready to go when it heals.”
The Sharks haven’t offered a timetable as to when Goodrow would get in the lineup, but he’s going on the team’s eight-day East Coast road trip that begins with a flight to Washington on Monday.
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Logan Couture returned to practice on Friday, and assumed his spot on a line with Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto. Couture had a “maintenance day” on Thursday.
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Alex Stalock could be in line to get the start in goal against Winnipeg on Saturday for the Sharks’ home opener. He came off of the practice ice well before Antti Niemi, typically an indicator of the next day’s starter.
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Winnipeg will be without top forward Evander Kane for Saturday’s game due to a knee injury suffered in the Jets’ season opener on Thursday night.