The Logan Couture Updates Keep Getting Worse

He wasn't supposed to be out this long. San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture had a second setback and now remains out "indefinitely", per Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News. 

He adds that the team is taking a "much more cautious approach" with his return from the lower-body injury. 

"He's gotten better and he's pushed it and then he's had setbacks," said Sharks GM Mike Grier. "So we've got to let the doctors do their thing with the rehab."

Even more ominous was this comment from Grier: "We can't say he'll be back in a month or two months. When it's healed, it's healed. We can't force it and it's not something he can play through, either."

A month ago, on the eve of the season opener, the Sharks were labeling Couture "week to week", but now hearing "months" used as a timeline descriptor is depressing to say the least. 

This, of course, is devastating news for a team averaging just 1.31 goals per game, by far the worst mark in the league. 

The 14-year veteran had one of his best offensive seasons last year for the Sharks, potting 27 goals and 40 assists for 67 points, playing over 19 minutes a night. 

The Sharks, currently 2-11-1, sit dead-last in the NHL with just five points. 

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