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Sharks’ Thornton Out With Injury

October 7, 2002

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Scott Thornton, second on the San Jose Sharks in goals last season, will be out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

Thornton had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder during the offseason, but the left wing has experienced pain in a different area of his shoulder during the preseason. He left Sunday’s exhibition finale in Vancouver during the third period.

``The type of game he plays, he’s got to have confidence in his shoulder,″ Sharks coach Darryl Sutter said Monday. ``Every game he played in, he looked tentative, and that’s not (Thornton).″

The Sharks expected to know more about Thornton’s injury after an examination on Tuesday, but Sutter said: ``It’s going to be a while.″

Thornton had 26 goals and 16 assists last season _ both career-highs _ while playing on a line with Mike Ricci and Niklas Sundstrom. Adam Graves or Todd Harvey are the top candidates to take Thornton’s place.

Thornton’s injury leaves the Sharks without three key players as they open the regular season at home Thursday against Detroit.

San Jose still hasn’t signed restricted free agent defenseman Brad Stuart or goalie Evgeni Nabokov. In addition, left wing Marco Sturm has a sore groin that kept him out of practice Monday.

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