Sharks defenceman Radim Simek needs knee-ligament surgery

San Jose Sharks' Radim Simek (51) skates back to the bench after scoring his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils in the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Josie Lepe/AP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Sharks defenceman Radim Simek needs surgery for torn ligaments in his right knee.

General manager Doug Wilson said Thursday that Simek tore his ACL and MCL after a hit in Tuesday night’s win against Winnipeg.

Simek has one goal and eight assists in 41 games this season. He has mostly been paired with Brent Burns.

The first-place Sharks have depth at defence and will move Joakim Ryan into the lineup. Erik Karlsson remains sidelined by a groin injury but is expected to be healthy for the playoffs.

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