NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sharks forward Logan Couture will undergo a procedure to repair a hand injury Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, a team source disclosed late Monday night.
The news casts doubt on Couture's ability to play in the Sochi Olympics. The Canadian team will be revealed Tuesday, and Couture was considered a top candidate.
However, he still could be selected, as the rules allow teams to name players, then replace them if injuries prove to be a problem.
The Sharks recalled Freddie Hamilton from Worcester on Monday, 24 hours after he was sent down. Hamilton likely will replace Couture in the lineup Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.
Couture has stayed off the ice this past week except for the games themselves, so Monday's news does not come as a total surprise.
Bob McKenzie, analyst for TSN, first reported the injury and said the sense was Couture still "might be OK for the Olympics."
Couture is the Sharks' fourth-leading scorer with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points.
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