Matt Nieto’s lower body injury is likely to keep him out of the San Jose Sharks roster for at least another week, coach Bob Boughner said Monday.
Nieto, originally described as commonplace, hasn’t played since March 19 when the Sharks took on the St. Louis Blues.
Nieto was transferred to an injured reserve over the weekend, opening a squad seat for striker Jeffrey Viel, who will make his NHL debut on Monday night when the Sharks host the Minnesota Wild at the SAP Center.
Boughner said Nieto skated recently but “there isn’t much improvement. So we had to make that decision to open a place and I wouldn’t expect him to be there for at least this week. Hopefully next week. It hasn’t improved as much as we imagined. ”
Nieto’s injury could affect the Sharks’ ability to potentially transfer him to another team by the NHL close on April 12th. Last season striker Melker Karlsson, a penalty specialist, was a candidate who had to be moved but was injured at the close of trading.
One of the faster skaters on the Sharks roster, 28-year-old Nieto has highlighted the team’s penalty this season. In 28 games this year, Nieto has seven points and an average of 14:00 ice time per game. The Sharks signed a $ 700,000 one-year deal in October.
The 24-year-old Lot will be on a line with center Patrick Marleau, who is 1,757. Game is playing, and fellow wingmate Marcus Sorensen skates. Much is in the Sharks’ organization in his third season than he has spent the past two years with the Barracuda.
In 17 AHL games this season, many who are not afraid to drop their gloves have two goals, two assists and 31 penalty minutes.
GABRIEL SITTING: Kurtis Gabriel, who was given a five-minute major by the Arizona Coyotes for interference and misconduct in the game for a goal against Johan Larsson on Saturday, will be a healthy scratch on Monday.
Boughner disagreed that Gabriel’s hit, which he held shoulder to shoulder for a little late, justified game misconduct, although Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said the hit also hit Larsson in the head. Gabriel also received no additional discipline from the NHL’s Player Safety Division.
At the time of the hit, the Haie were 2-0 behind. They lost the game 4-0, even though the Coyotes didn’t score by a five-minute lead.
“To kick a guy out and give him a five-minute major for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, I thought that would be a little carried away, but not surprising,” Boughner said on Monday.