SAN JOSE – Adam Burish remains sidelined and appears doubtful for the Sharks on Thursday against Vancouver.
When asked if the 30-year-old winger would miss the Sharks’ season opener, head coach Todd McLellan said: “I think we’re getting to that point now, yeah.”
Burish has not skated since the Sharks’ preseason opener on Sep. 16 in Vancouver. He is expected to return to the ice shortly, but will likely need to get into game shape before seeing any action. Rookie Freddie Hamilton appears set take his place on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and James Sheppard.
Defenseman Brad Stuart continues to skate with the Sharks after missing the entire preseason schedule with a lower body injury, but McLellan wasn’t ready to declare Stuart would be in the opening night lineup.
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“He’ll probably be a game day decision to see where he’s at physically,” McLellan said. “He has to play his first game at some point. Will it be that opening night? I don’t know yet. We’ll sit as a staff and make that decision.”
Marty Havlat, who was not listed as injured on the Sharks' final roster, continues to skate on his own while rehabbing from offseason pelvic surgery.
In the least surprising development on Tuesday, McLellan confirmed that Antti Niemi would start in net against Vancouver.