By Curtis Pashelka
The Sharks placed goalie James Reimer on injured reserve Monday and recalled forward Jeffrey Viel from the Barracuda, the team’s AHL affiliate.
A team spokesperson said Reimer, forward Nico Sturm, and defensemen Mario Ferraro all flew with the Sharks Monday to Montreal, where they begin a four-game road trip against the Canadiens on Tuesday. Sturm and Ferraro are already on IR.
Sharks coach David Quinn said after the team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday that Ferraro, out with a lower-body injury, would not join the team on the trip. But those plans changed, and Ferraro, if he’s able to play, would be eligible to be activated prior to the Sharks’ game with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Ferraro, 24, last played Friday against the Los Angeles Kings. He blocked four shots in that game and was placed on IR the next day. Ferraro is 12th in the NHL with 47 blocked shots this season.
The Sharks also have games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and close out the trip against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. San Jose has lost five of its last six games and entered Monday in seventh place in the Pacific Division with a 7-13-4 record.
Reimer, 34, also played against the Kings and came away with a lower-body injury, the same ailment that shelved him for the Sharks’ game against the Seattle Kraken last Wednesday. Reimer, too, would be eligible to be activated prior to Saturday’s game in Ottawa if he is healthy.
For now, Kaapo Kahkonen becomes the Sharks’ de facto No. 1 goalie, although with the team playing on back-to-back nights to start the road trip, there would appear to be a possibility that Aaron Dell could start one of the first two games.
Dell, 33, has a 3-3-1 record and a .904 save percentage in seven games with the Barracuda this season. His last NHL start came on Jan. 25, 2022, when he was with Buffalo, as he faced 47 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Kahkonen, 26, stopped 16 of 20 shots in the Sharks’ loss to the Canucks and now has a 2-5-2 record and a .871 save percentage in nine games this season. Reimer has played 15 games and is 5-8-2 with a .903 save percentage.
“It’s game-by-game,” Kahkonen said. “You can’t think about what’s going to happen in a week or two weeks or whatever, it’s the next game that matters. We have to get a win and that’s it.”
Sturm, 27, has missed the Sharks’ last four games, recovering from a head injury he suffered in a Nov. 19 game against the New York Rangers. He said Friday that his health had improved in recent days, and he practiced with the team on Saturday afternoon.
Viel, 25, has five points and 65 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Barracuda this season. His last NHL game was April 21, 2022, when the Sharks hosted the St. Louis Blues.
It was not immediately clear if winger Jonah Gadjovich was able to join the Sharks on the road trip. Gadjovich has missed the last two games with a non-COVID-related illness.
Source: Paradise Post