Nearly five months after taking a puck to the mouth that resulted in major damage, Logan Couture is still dealing with the aftereffects of his surgically repaired mouth, which now features several false teeth.
Appearing on the NHL Network this week, Couture was asked how he’s feeling with less than one month to go before the Sharks open training camp on Sep. 14.
“There’s good days and bad days,” Couture said. “My bottom teeth are still my real teeth. They’ve tried to keep them so I don’t lose them. I don’t know if I’ll be able to, they’re still pretty sore. My top teeth are all fake now – my front six, I think. So, it’s different. It just feels different in my mouth.
“But everything else with my face and all that is healed. I’m lucky that it’s an injury that didn’t affect my training, and hopefully won’t affect me going forward.”
Couture was injured on March 25 in Nashville. He was set up just outside the crease in the offensive zone when a Brent Burns point shot hit a stick before squarely battering the now 28-year-old’s mouth.
After missing the final seven games of the regular season, Couture returned for the Sharks’ playoff opener. He managed to play in all six games of the first round loss, posting two goals and one assist for three points, although he struggled at times and was seemingly targeted by the Oilers.
Couture is currently in his hometown of London, Ontario where he’s staging a casino event for brain research. Fellow Sharks Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo will take part, as will other NHL stars like the Kings’ Drew Doughty.
Sharks captain Joe Pavelski ended Friday alone atop the leaderboard at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe.
The 34-year-old has plenty of golf pedigree. He's nearly a scratch golfer, and currently plays at a 0.6 handicap, per the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Pavelski also told Aces in 2010 that he competed in the Wisconsin state tournament in high school.
Pavelski finished Friday a point clear of former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, and seven clear of Warriors guard Steph Curry, a great golfer in his own right. He also held a nine-point lead over the three-time reigning champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder.
The celebrity golf tournament's scoring system is a bit differently than other tournaments. An eagle is worth six points, a birdie is worth three, a par is worth none, while a double-bogey (or worse) is worth minus-two. By standard golf scoring, Pavelski shot a 70 on Friday.
He will tee off on Saturday at 9:55 a.m.
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
The 25-year old had a career-best 20 points — all on assists — in a career-high 63 games. He also had an assist in 10 playoff games.
“Dylan proved last season that he’s ready to be a full time NHL player and really blossomed towards the end of the year and into the playoffs,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a release announcing the signing Saturday. “His skating ability and strong play in both ends make him a valuable part of our blue line.”
DeMelo, selected by San Jose in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, has totaled three goals and 29 assists in 133 games over parts of three seasons with the Sharks.