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With the ongoing NHL lockout, Clowe has turned to coaching
The Bulls will play in front of a packed house on Saturday night.
Despite the lockout, some of the San Jose Sharks players are off making names for themselves across the globe.
The San Jose Sharks forward left his team overseas after 22 games due to personal reasons.
Patrick Marleau of the Sharks will join a bunch of other NHL stars for practice and scrimmage sessions in Arizona this week.
Justin Braun signs with Finland's Tappara of the SM-liiga.
Ryane Clowe is making the most of his time during the NHL lockout by coaching the San Francisco Bulls.
The San Jose Sharks will have the most players overseas.
Brad Winchester is headed overseas and Devin Setoguchi was back in the Bay Area as an opponent as the NHL lockout continues to put players in new locations.
San Jose Sharks winger Ryane Clowe officially signed with the ECHL San Francisco Bulls, and it's up to him whether he plays in games.
San Jose Sharks players are hopeful that the recent talk between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association special council Steve Fehr will lead to the end of the lockout.
While San Jose's ownership group is likely in favor of a new collective bargaining agreement, it's unlikely that they are content with the revenue that the lockout is costing them.
Patrick Marleau is far from an off-the-ice attention grabber, like teammate Joe Thornton. The normally reserved Sharks' forward has a theory as to the league's intentions all along.
San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan is focusing on faster in-game adjustments.
San Jose's winger is happy to be playing in Switzerland while the NHL lockout continues.
Tuesday's announcement of a new NHL proposal has some of the Sharks players feeling a bit better about the lockout.
The NHL is still a long way off from ending the lockout, but the owners offered a new CBA deal to the NHLPA on Tuesday.
Douglas Murray will take the ice twice for Djurgardens IF this week.
Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton will play two games each this week.
Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Thornton are enjoying success in the Swiss Hockey League during the NHL Lockout.
Without the NHL, the AHL's Worcester Sharks are stepping to fill the void for San Jose Sharks fans during the lockout.
Antti Niemi has agreed to a one-month deal to join Pelican Lahti in Finland while the NHL players are locked out.
There's now a concrete reason why Brad Stuart signed with the Sharks for what was considered below market value.
Brad Stuart is happy to be back in the Bay Area after signing a three-year contract with the San Jose Sharks, who drafted the defenseman third-overall in 1998 before trading him away in 2005.
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle had some tough talk for the NHL owners on Thursday.
The San Jose Sharks have lost another player during the lockout as Joe Pavelski is heading to Belarus to join the KHL.
Tommy Wingels is the latest San Jose Sharks player to head overseas during the NHL lockout, taking a job in the Mestis Hockey League in Finland.
Thanks to the lockout, Doug Wilson and Todd McLellan have a lot of time on their hands. They will be headed to Worcester, Mass., to observe the team's prospects.
San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels has a right to be as frustrated as anyone when it comes the the NHL lockout. The 24 year old has a roster spot waiting for him for the first time in his brief NHL career, but with the NHL preseason on hold, Wingels – like everyone else – is in wait-and-see mode, via CSN Bay Area:
"It's disappointing and frustrating. You work all summer and prepare to start playing here, and you want to play games. We play this game because we love it, because the games are the most fun and best part about it. So, it's disappointing, but there's an onus on you to stay (in) shape and be ready. Things can progress quickly, and I think that's what we're all hoping."
Wingels endeared himself to Sharks fans, teammates and management with his scrappy, physical play that saw him tally 102 hits in just 33 games las season. With the Sharks counting on Wingels and a core of young players to rise to the occasion and contribute for a team that lost in the Western Conference quarterfinals to the St. Louis Blues, the forward says he's ready to accept the challenge:
"My last year was pretty good, but I personally feel like I can build on it. I think there's that expectation from the team for me to do that. That's a challenge I have for myself. I think you're going to see a lot of guys, most of the guys here, build on what they did last year – whether it's guys who didn't do as well as they would have liked, guys who were injured, or guys who are just ready to take that next step."
Wingels unexpectedly made the Sharks roster out of camp in 2011-12, but was sent to Worcester after just five games. He returned to the Sharks in January, and finished the season with three goals and six assists. He's considering heading to Europe to play if the lockout drags on, but his heart is set on getting back in a Sharks uniform sooner than later.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray has signed with the Swedish team Djurgarden due to the NHL lockout.
When asked by CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz whether or not he was surprised, he responded:
"No I'm not. The information I've gotten is [the NHL is] saying they want to negotiate, but everything we're hearing is the complete opposite."
Boyle was speaking from the Sharks' training facility on rented ice.
"I think they want us to miss some paychecks is what I think. For them, I guess they figure they don't have to pay us right now, so they've got nothing to gain by settling this thing."
The big question that remains is whether or not the game can withstand another lengthly lockout after the previous impasse cost the sport thousands of fans. What happens next is anyone's guess. The league has already cancelled preseason games through Sep. 30, so it stands to reason that regular season contests are next on the chopping block.
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With the Swedish Elite League still denying access to locked-out NHL players, Murray choose Djurgardens IF in the Swedish second-tier hockey league as a native of Sweden. Murray played for Djugarden's junior team during their 1996-1997 season before heading over to the United States and spending four years at Cornell.
With no end in sight for the lockout, Djurgardens should have quite the formidable lineup this year with St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar already on board.
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Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports that both Jason Demers and Michal Handzus will be tripping overseas to play hockey, joining multiple other NHL players in their trek to play in non-American markets. Brodie Brazil reports that Demers will be playing for the Finnish team Oulun Karpat; Handzus is apparently exploring the opportunity to play in Slovakia, according to The Fourth Period.
Demers played in 57 games last season, registering four goals and nine asissts. Handzus played in 67 games, registering seven goals and 17 assists. Handzus would be on the second year of a two-year contract with the Sharks; Demers was recently given a contract extension a few years ago.
The Sharks are already going to lose Logan Couture and Joe Thornton to overseas markets. Both are headed to Switzerland to play hockey for the duration of the NHL lockout. Considering that most NHL players need to get paid somehow while the lockout endures, it makes sense that they'd look overseas for an opportunity to play.
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With the NHL lockout not showing any signs of ending, teams are sending their players down to the American Hockey League in preparation for a prolonging of the situation. The San Jose Sharks are doing likewise, sending 16 players over to their AHL team in Worcester. Here's the list of names. Kevin Kurz, the Sharks Insider for CSN Bay Area, has the full report.
These players sent down will make up the bulk of San Jose's AHL regional roster. Most of these players would participate in Sharks training camp if the lockout is resolved, but it's starting to look as if there won't be enough time.
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According to a tweet from the San Jose Mercury News' David Pollak, the San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton will head to Switzerland to play due to the NHL lockout.
"It sucks leaving here but I've still got to play," Pollak quoted Thornton as saying in his tweet.
Thornton went to Davos, Switzerland during the last lockout in 2004-05 and spends time there each year due to his wife being from there.
"Yes, just because my wife is from there, she has a home there, we go there five weeks in the summer to see her family and I actually train when I'm over there," Thornton told ESPN.com on Monday. "I know the team real well, and they know me. It's a natural fit for me to go back there and play."
Thornton won't be alone as Sharks center Logan Couture said Monday morning that he's close to heading to Switzerland as well. Couture is talking with Geneva in the same league where Thornton played during the 2004-05 lockout, according to Pollak.
The forthcoming departures of Thornton and Couture are part of a busy week for the Sharks even with the lockout being official. Also on Monday, the Sharks sent 16 players to Worcester of the AHL.
Forwards Curt Gogol, Freddie Hamilton, Bracken Kearns, James Livingston, Jon Matsumoto, Travis Oleksuk, Brodie Reid and Sebastian Stalberg were sent down along with defensemen Sena Acolatse, Danny Groulx, Taylor Doherty, Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson plus goaltenders Thomas Heemskerk, Harri Sateri and Alex Stalock.
A good majority of these players would be set to take part in San Jose's training camp beginning this Friday but plans have obviously changed due to the NHL being in lockout mode.
Worcester's season will begin on Oct. 12. with most of these players in tow if a new collective bargaining agreement is not settled on. The team has addressed the fans on the status of the lockout situation in an open letter which can be found here.
With a potential NHL lockout looming, a few San Jose Sharks players are entertaining the idea of playing in Europe this season.
Several players said they would consider playing in Europe if the lockout begins to drag into the NHL regular season. That includes 23-year-old Logan Couture, who tied for the team lead with 31 goals last season.
"Yeah, I think so, if it's a long time," Couture said about the possibility of playing in Europe. "Everyone wants to play. We'd have to look at other options if it goes for awhile, so we'll see when the time comes. We don't know how long or even if it's going to happen right now."
Couture and the other players all said their first priority is to play in the NHL this season. The lockout would begin Saturday at 9:00 p.m. PT if no deal is reached before.
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture said his injured shoulder will be ready to go for the start of the 2012 season.
Couture had surgery after the St. Louis Blues eliminated the Sharks from the playoffs. The surgery was to repair a lingering problem with his shoulder that dates back to 2010.
He was tied with Joe Pavelski as the Sharks' leading scorer with 31 goals over the 2011-2012 season. But the youngster struggled with consistency and scored only one goal in the final 13 games of the regular season. Pavelski's disappearing act continued in the playoffs, as he scored only one goal during the Sharks' five-game first-round series loss.
Couture insisted that his injured shoulder wasn't the problem for the productivity decline.
"You can't sit here and say ‘oh I didn't score this amount of goals because I hurt my shoulder.' No, it's not like that," he said.
The Sharks held an informal practice on Monday with 22 NHL players and prospects, as they prepared for the upcoming season despite lockout drama once again surrounding a NHL season.
While details were not released by the team, his contract is around the $550,000 range for the NHL and half of that for the AHL, according to CapGeek.com.
The 23-year-old prospect only has 13 games of experience in the NHL, all with San Jose. He saw time on the ice in all of those games during the 2010-11 season, where he played in 17 penalty minutes and recorded five shots on goal.
Picked up by the Sharks as a free agent in 2009, the 6-foot-4, 235 pound Mashinter has spent most of his time last season with the Worcester Sharks. He played in 65 games for Worcester last season and scored 16 goals to go with 33 points.
Mashinter, who is from Bradford, Ontario, had played in the Ontario Hockey League since 2004 prior to signing with San Jose. He spent time with the Sarnia Sting, Kitchener Rangers and the Belleville Bulls.
According to a report by CSNCalifornia, the San Jose Sharks are one of the favorites to sign free agent forward Shane Doan. The hotly sought-after free agent has visited with several teams, including the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, and has reportedly received interest from the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Some still believe he'll remain with Phoenix, but the current state of the ownership there has Doan doing a little research as to his value elsewhere.
As SB Nation's Travis Hughes points out, San Jose doesn't have the space to fit a $7.5 million cap hit on the contract that Doan's would reportedly demand. However, the club can go over the salary cap by 10 percent during the offseason, which would would give them time to shuffle things around personnel wise, to shed salary in the event Doan decides to sign with the Sharks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have just sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon on top of a first-round pick. Initial feelings are that the Blue Jackets are on the losing end of this deal, as none of those players inspire much confidence at all. Dubinsky had a very tough year a season ago, while Anisimov is still a lot of raw potential. Erixon is the player who whined his way off of the Calgary Flames and is now going to Columbus? Wonder how much of an issue he'll be.
At any rate, it's worth noting because the San Jose Sharks were very interested in acquiring Nash. At the trade deadline last season, they were in the talks until the very end, but Columbus general manager Scott Howson insisted that Logan Couture be part of the trade, which the Sharks were not able to facilitate. Months went by without the two sides talking, but the Sharks kept their offer on the table, whatever it included.
Well, if anybody saw what the Rangers gave up and thought that the Sharks missed a solid opportunity to pull Nash with a trade of equal value without including Couture, it's worth noting that the Rangers were getting something of a deal. As David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News notes on Twitter, a potential deal to the west coast would have cost more. Which likely means that Nash wanted to go to New York/stick to the east coast.
From the beginning, this has all hinged on Nash waiving the no-movement clause in his contract to go to a team of his choosing. The Ottawa Senators reportedly made a huge offer for Nash and he was uninterested in going there. The Detroit Red Wings also reportedly made a big offer, but the Blue Jackets didn't want to keep him in the division. In the end, it's just likely the full market wasn't there and the Blue Jackets took a lesser offer from the Rangers to facilitate the desires of Nash.
At any rate, it's definitely a good thing that the Sharks didn't give up a big amount to get Nash, and it's a huge positive that the team didn't budge on Couture, who figures to be a part of the organization for as long as they can keep him. The good folks at Fear The Fin are even breathing a sigh of relief that San Jose wasn't in on the trade, and that's not a slap in the face to Nash so much it is relief at not crippling the organization for one player.
After trying to get their hands on the Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash since last season's trade deadline, it looks like the San Jose Sharks could get beaten out for Nash's services by the New York Rangers, according to a tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger.
As much as the Sharks wanted to bring Nash into the fold, they were not willing to add Logan Couture to any of the trade talks. The Blue Jackets wanted Couture, so the talks died.
Nash has been pushing for a trade to a specific list of teams and both the Sharks and Rangers have been listed among his preferred teams. Nash wouldn't go screaming to the hills if he had to play in Columbus again next year, but he still would prefer a trade.
It just looks like Nash's destination will not be in San Jose.
Nash, 27, scored 30 goals and added 29 assists during the 2011-12 campaign for the Blue Jackets.
According to a report from CSN Bay Area, the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms with the now former San Jose Shark Daniel Winnik, signing the left winger to a new two-year contract, reportedly worth around $1.8 million.
Winnik wasn't long for the Bay Area as he came to the Sharks in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche that sent Jamie McGinn to Colorado back in late February. San Jose also received TJ Galiardi in the same deal.
Winnik appeared in 84 regular-season games between the Avalanche (63) and Sharks (21) last season, netting a total of eight goals and helping out with 15 assists as well. All told he has 37 career goals and 64 assists for a grand total of 101 points in five years in the NHL.
According to a report form CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz, the trade market between the San Jose Sharks and superstar Rick Nash has become stagnent, noting that the Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets have not had any discussion in months.
Kurz continued that the Blue Jackets refuse to budge on the fact that any deal must include Logan Couture which is an absolute no-go for San jose. The Sharks are reportedly one of only a few NHL clubs to which the high-scoing left winger would be willing to go.
The 27-year-old had 30 goals and 29 assists during the 2011-12 campaign for a total of 59 points for the Blue Jackets. If traded, he would also bring a $7.8 million salary cap hit over the next six seasons, which could become troublesome down the line depending on the NHL's latest CBA negotiations.
The NHL has released their first proposal for the new collective bargaining agreement, something which effects the San Jose Sharks and every other team in the league. As is typical in the opening round of negotiations, the owners have made some huge demands of the players. Some of what they're asking for, via ESPN:
The final deal will, of course, look nothing like the above wishlist. Still, the list demonstrates that the owners have some big gains in mind and the negotiations are likely to be long and ugly.
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According to the Pittzburgh Post-Gazette, former Sharks forward Benn Ferriero has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level. A 25-year-old native of Boston, Ferriero had seven goals and one assist for eight points for San Jose last season and in his 92 career NHL games, he's netted 14 goals and added eight assists.
The Sharks had decided not to tender Ferriero a qualifying offer, which made him eligible to sign anywhere. His most memorable moment as a member of the Sharks came in the 2011 Western Conference semifinal against the Red Wings, when he notched an overtime goal that gave San Jose a 2-1 victory.
Post-Gazette writer Shelly Anderson notes that because Ferriero played at Boston College, he'll likely know a few guys at Penguins training camp.
The San Jose Sharks made a number of signings on Thursday as the club announced the re-signing of three of their forwards, Frazer McLaren, John McCarthy and TJ Galiardi, as well as signing free agent forward Jonathan Matsumoto to a one-year deal as well.
The biggest deal is of course Galiardi, who played in 69 games for both Colorado and San Jose last season. He posted 15 points (nine goals, six assists) along with 53 penalty minutes. He finished the regular season second on the Sharks in hits (110) and scored his first goal with the team on April 3 on the road against the Dallas Stars.
As for John McCarthy, He saw time in just 10 games for San Jose last season. He did however lead the Worcester Sharks (AHL) in goals and points (20-27=47) in 65 games played. Frazer McLaren played in just seven games for San Jose in 2011-12, posting nine penalty minutes. In 20 games with Worcester, he had just one assist and 73 penalty minutes. He is currently the all-time leader in Worcester Sharks history with 490 penalty minutes and 47 fighting majors.
Last but not least, Jonathan Matsumoto who has combined for 281 points (124-157=281) in 392 career regular season games at the AHL level. He has also posted 28 points (10-18=28) in 41 career AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. saw time in only one game for Florida last season after being acquired from Carolina on Jan. 18 for A.J. Jenks.
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As the San Jose Sharks look to make that final push into the Stanley Cup finals this year, Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix Talk Show host John Gambadoro is reporting that the Sharks have indeed offered a contract to free agent right winger Shane Doan.
Per Sports 620 KTAR Sports Radio Talk Show host John Gambadoro on Twitter:
Second team to offer Shane Doan a contract is the San Jose Sharks— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) July 11, 2012
The other clubs to have reportedly offered Doan a contract according to Gambadoro are the Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks. Doan played in 79 games for the Coyotes last season, the only team he has ever played for as a professional. He scored 22 goals along with 28 assists for a total of 50 points for Phoenix last year. Hopefully he can be persuaded to come to the Bay next season.
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It was speculated early on Wednesday that the announcement the San Jose Sharks had set for 2:00 p.m. pacific was to extend defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, notably from David Pollak of the Mercury News. As it turns out, he was right, as previously noted, and the Sharks signed him to a five-year contract extension. This means he'll be with the team for the next six seasons, as he was already under contract for the 2012-13 season.
Kevin Kurz of Comcast SportsNet suggests the deal is for $21 million, which seems a great number for Vlasic. It averages out to $4.2 million per season and will begin at the start of the 2013-14 season.
"Marc-Edouard has grown into an important part of our organization over the last six seasons," said general manager Doug Wilson, in a statement released by the team. "He can play in all situations and has blossomed into a very trusted player on both sides of the puck. We are very happy to have him on our team for the next six seasons."
Pollak had another Tweet after the deal was announced with a quote from Vlasic regarding a potential no trade clause/no movement clause. Vlasic said "Let's just say I'll probably be a Shark for the next six years." That's good news for Sharks fans, providing Vlasic can follow-up on his strong performance last season. He became one of the Sharks' top performers and now he'll be paid like one.
He played in all 82 games and was second on the Sharks in ice time with 23:09 per game. He's been with the Sharks for the last six seasons after being a second-round draft pick in 2005.
The San Jose Sharks continue a flurry of offseason moves going by extending a forward to a big contract. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is coming back for five more seasons as he signed a five-year contract extension. We still do not yet know the terms of the deal.
The 25 year old Vlasic was third on the team with a +11 rating, and has been scoring double-digit pluses for most of his tenure in the NHL (only one season did he not finish with a double-digit plus factor). He blocked 171 shots, tied for 12th in the NHL, and had a team-record eight blocks in one game earlier this season. Vlasic has been one of San Jose's finest players the past few seasons, putting up 133 points in 471 games in six seasons with the Sharks. His +62 career plus/minus rating is second highest figure in the team's history.
The Sharks have been hiring and replacing coaches left and right, so it's nice to see San Jose doing their best to stick with as many productive players on their roster as they can.
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As the San Francisco Bulls get ready to open their inaugural season in the ECHL at the Cow Palace it was announced on Wednesday that the NHL's San Jose Sharks have made the Bulls their affiliate, according to David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.
The Bulls are one of 23 teams in the ECHL, a league that began as the East Coast Hockey League. San Francisco opens their inaugural season on October 12 at the Cow Palace, where the Sharks played their first two seasons.Pat Curcio - the team's CEO, general manager and coach - called the new partnership "an incredible honor."
An NHL affiliation benefits the Bulls because it equates to an upgrade in talent. San Jose can provide as many as six skaters and two goalies to the Bulls. Even though the ECHL has a strict weekly salary cap of $525 per player, NHL prospects can earn more than that while playing in that league by still being paid by the Sharks as well.
The primary benefit for the Sharks is the chance to give goaltending prospects extra work close to home. Past ECHL goalies now in the NHL include Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.
"If you look at San Jose right now, they're real deep in goaltending," Curcio said. "We're optimistic we can have two of their goaltenders here full-time."
Sharks assistant general manager Wayne Thomas said the two teams "share the same passion to put a strong, competitive product on the ice, as well as being an active member in our shared Bay Area communities."
Seems like a win-win for Bay Area hockey.
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The San Jose Sharks are continuing the offseason shuffle with another coaching change. Assistant coach Matt Shaw is getting the boot. Kevin Kurz of Comcast Sports Net files this report that has Jim Johnson getting hired and taking the spot that Shaw used to occupy.
Johnson has had coaching experience previous to this position, most recently with the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and was also an interim head coach with the Phoenix Coyotes back in the day. Shaw had been with the Sharks organization as an assistant coach since 2009 after spending a stint with the Minnesota Wild as a video coach and an assistant coach.
This is the latest in a number of coaching changes recently in the Sharks staff, with Larry Robinson being brought on as an assistant earlier this week. These type of shifts in coaching could mean that the ownership is getting impatient with the current results they're seeing on the ice. This may be head coach Todd McLellan's last chance. They're getting rid of everyone else and if they keep losing, it's clear that the onus of losing will fall on him on that point.
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But before you make plans to buy a Doan jersey, you should know San Jose isn’t the only suitor in which Doan has reportedly expressed interest.
Doan would be a good fit for the Sharks have in mind, but he's getting up there in age and had his worst season since 2001, as all of his averages appeared to decline across the board. Nevertheless, his physical presence would be the kind of hockey the Sharks like. They like guys who impose and are tough to play against, even if they don't put up the numbers. That's the kind of guy Doan is.
On the downside, he's going to be overpriced compared to the other free agents the Sharks could pick up. There's probably limited value at his age, as he could be just too old to be productive down the line in the later years of any contract that gets done. This is a decent concern, although it might not keep the Sharks from offering him a solid deal to shore up the short-term needs of the organization.
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The Sharks have hired Hall-of-Fame defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning coach Larry Robinson as an assistant, according the the Montreal Gazette and David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.
The 61 year old Robinson is being brought along to help out the defensemen, which makes sense since Robinson was particularly experienced at the position--he was the defenseman of the year twice and won the 1978 MVP for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. More importantly, Robinson will try and correct a penalty kill rate that was among the worst in the NHL.
In his career in the NHL, Robinson was around for nearly two decades, playing mostly for the Montreal Canadiens and a few seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He has also coached the Kings and the New Jersey Devils for just under a decade.
For those hoping that Robinson will be a future head coach for the beleaguered Todd McCllelan, Ray Ratto believes you're sadly mistaken.
Well, we suspect you’re already barking up the wrong tree on that one, for one very compelling reason:
Robinson probably doesn’t want it.
He quit his last coaching job, in New Jersey, in 2005 because of headaches caused by stress. And he had only taken that job because Pat Burns had been diagnosed with cancer.
Robinson has been rumored for coaching jobs since, and certainly would have been given one or two or five of them if he wanted them. In short, he looks like he was hired specifically to fix the Sharks’ penalty kill as advertised, and actually looks less like a candidate for McLellan’s gig than some of you might want.
Kevin Kurz does believe the Robinson hire does help the Sharks exactly where they need help, particularly with regards to the penalty kill.
"I do have a few ideas and a few things that hopefully will help it move up the ranks," he said of the penalty kill. "The league is a specialty league, so you can win and lose games with your power play and your penalty kill. There are definitely things that we can work on.
"Positioning is a big thing in penalty killing. It’s fine to be aggressive, but you have to be smart-aggressive. The biggest thing is, and I speak from some prior experience in other teams, is that we tend to sometimes lean on our best players as our penalty killers all the time. These guys get tired after awhile. It’s good to have more than just two, three or four guys killing penalties."
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According to a tweet from the Mercury News' David Pollak, T.J. Galiardi's one-year deal he signed on Saturday will be worth $950K.
Galiardi joined the Sharks from the Colorado Avalanche in a midseason deal that sent Jamie McGinn and prospects to Colorado. Galiardi only scored one goal in 14 games but the Sharks felt like they should bring him back.
When Galiardi initially announced via twitter that he was re-signing, he used the word ‘redemption' within the tweet. It looks like he'll enter the season with a chip on his shoulder as he tries to get back the promise he showed as a rookie during his 2010-2011 campaign. Galiardi is known to be a very determined young player so his words shouldn't be taken as blind wishes.
At least, that's what Sharks fans are hoping.
Very happy to be back with the sharks next year, looking forward to a great season with the boys! #redemption— TJ Galiardi (@TJGaliardi) July 7, 2012
Galiardi came to the Sharks midway through the 2011-2012 season, coming from the Colorado Avalanche with Daniel Winnik in exchange for Jamie McGinn and Sharks prospects. The forward did not produce much in his initial season with the Sharks, scoring only one goal in 14 games.
That said, the 24-year-old forward showed significant promise in his 2010-2011 rookie season. He's known for a tenacious, driven game and his own feelings about his disappointing follow-up to his rookie season only provide more motivation. The "#redemption" in his tweet is evidence of that; he knows he has something to prove, and Sharks fans certainly hope next year is the year he proves it.
Is it entirely likely that the San Jose Sharks end up with Rick Nash on their roster next season? Nobody really knows, but what is known is that Nash would be a huge help for the Sharks. What is known is the fact that San Jose is intensely interested in acquiring his services. What is known is the fact that Nash has San Jose on his list of teams he'd be willing to be traded to.
We also know that the trade market might favor San Jose in the current circumstances. San Jose signed Adam Burish and a bunch of depth guys, but other than that, haven't made any moves. In fact, much of the NHL is on standby while top free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are being pursued. The trade market is expected to heat up as the talent pool dries after the top two in free agency.
Fortunately for the Sharks, there are a couple factors that could help them. As already noted, San Jose is on Nash's list of teams he'd be willing to be traded to. Secondly, the fact that Parise is still available could spell good things for the Sharks. If one of the teams that is interested in Nash goes out and makes something happen with Parise, that's one less team to worry about when it comes to losing out on Nash.
And the options aren't many in number. There's Philadelphia and the Rangers, and maybe one or two other teams. It's unclear which other teams Nash would be interested in, but it appears he's not interested in, say, Carolina or Ottawa, who are trying to acquire his services. San Jose, right now, is sticking to their guns and it could pay off for them.
The conventional theory is that the Sharks are adamant that a deal cannot start or end with Logan Couture. He's off the table, and that is what has given the Columbus Blue Jackets pause when it comes to a trade. That's not going to change in the future - the Sharks are going to keep Couture off the table no matter what and instead work with guys like Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch has already noted that the Sharks presently have an offer on the table. It's anyone's guess as to whether or not that offer will be sweetened at all, but Portzline suggests that it can. Maybe the market doesn't "favor" the Sharks as the headline suggests, but there's certainly a bigger chance of it than one might think. Perhaps Sharks fans are just being really quiet in hopes that they're surprised with a trade.
Stalock is one of the Sharks' top prospects. For now he's being signed for their AHL affiliate, but he's always an option to be on the full roster at any point in the season. They're set as far as goalies go with Antti Niemi likely to man things back for the Sharks for quite some time, but Stalock is an important piece to have around.
Kevin Kurz of Comcast Sports Net has more with regards to Stalock.
Stalock, 24, is the biggest name of the four, as he remains one of the organization’s top prospects. Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Stalock missed most of the 2011-12 season with a serious nerve injury behind his left knee that occurred a year earlier.
The Kearns has played with the AHL affiliate for the Sharks in Worcester. Kurz adds the following details.
A Vancouver native, Kearns will presumably begin next year playing for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester. In his seven-year pro career, Kearns has played in just five NHL games, all coming last season with the Florida Panthers. He was scoreless with 10 penalty minutes.
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The San Jose Sharks have made their first move in free agency, signing forward Adam Burish to a four-deal deal worth about $1.8 million annually. It's not a big deal, but Burish should be able to be a contributor on either the third or fourth line. Here is Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area with a few more details on the signing.
Burish, 29, has 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points and 490 penalty minutes in 297 career games over six seasons with Chicago and Dallas. In 65 games with the Stars last season, he had six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.
Burish played primarily in a fourth line role for Dallas last season, and will likely be slotted there next year for San Jose, possibly alongside center Andrew Desjardins.
A Madison, Wisconsin native, Burish was originally drafted in the ninth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago. He was a member of the Blackhawks' 2010 championship squad.
The Sharks figure to stay active in free agency, although a big roster move is not expected. Kurz suggests another winger capable of scoring a few goals while on the ice could be a fit, which seems pretty likely at this point.
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The San Jose Sharks saw one of their homegrown players leave town on Sunday as Torrey Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. He is set to reportedly earn $1.9 million a season, which isn't bad considering his inconsistent play last season with the Sharks.
Mitchell played primarily on the third line in 2012, scoring just nine goals. He was not a favorite of the coaching staff and was even a healthy scratch twice, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
In four seasons with the Sharks, Mitchell, 27, had 30 goals and 43 assists for 73 points and 152 penalty minutes in 280 career games. He was originally drafted by San Jose in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The departure of Mitchell really doesn't come as much of a surprise, and it won't be too tough for San Jose to find a replacement.
The 2012 NHL free agent season begins on Sunday. The San Jose Sharks are coming off an incredibly embarrassing season that saw them almost entirely collapse in the second half after dominating before the All-Star break. The Sharks will need to regroup and rebuild a stronger team. To that end, they will need to decide which, if any, of their five free agents they are interested in bringing back for the 2012-13 season.
The Sharks may think about trying to bring back Brad Winchester, who was an integral part of the fourth line.
Here is the full list of free agents who ended the 2011-12 season as members of the San Jose Sharks. All of these skaters will be unrestricted free agents.
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Maybe the 2011-12 season would have went differently for the San Jose Sharks if a certain mid-season move that was in the works actually went through as opposed to being axed at the last minute. That is in reference to, of course, the potential deal for Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash.
When the whole trade saga began, there was little hope among Sharks fans that the team might be in on the Nash sweepstakes, but after a report came out that San Jose was on Nash's short list of teams he'd be willing to be traded to, it was on. More and more media reported that the Sharks were in on the trade talks and one of the favorites throughout the process.
One rumor even said a deal was likely. But a shadow of doubt was quickly cast on the hopes when it was reported that the Blue Jackets wanted the trade talks to start with Logan Couture. San Jose quickly said that's not happening, and to their credit, they reportedly tried to put together multiple alternative deals that didn't involve the young star. They were in on a potential deal up until the final hour when Columbus wouldn't budge on Couture, so they pulled out of the deal.
And now Nash is likely on the block again. He wants to be traded and things are very amicable at this point. So are the Sharks back in on the deal? Fans assured themselves that yes, they'd re-visit things in the offseason. There's just one problem.
Columbus still wants Couture.
That's simply not going to happen. Couture means too much to this organization right now. The trade-off is simply not worth it on any level and if Nash is to come to San Jose, it has to happen without Couture. So Kevin Kurz of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area explores another option - James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers.
It's certainly interesting, and the Sharks did go after him at the trade deadline as well. San Jose is likely in a position where they're going to be very active in the trade market leading up to the draft and during the draft. It's actually something that doesn't seem terribly unlikely. But where would a trade for JVR start?
Probably Douglas Murray and Alex Stalock. Kurz also touches up on that, but Philly really needs players on defense and in net, and the Sharks can afford to make a move like that, especially with the signing of Brad Stuart.
Of course, this is all on the assumption that Columbus will not budge in regards to Couture. Because the Sharks surely won't. If they do, though ... Nash could very well come this way, as the Sharks remain legitimately interested. It will certainly be interesting to see where things go.
At the NHL Trade Deadline last season, the San Jose Sharks were players in the Rick Nash sweepstakes right up until the very end. San Jose was on Nash's short list of teams he'd agree to be traded to, but the Columbus Blue Jackets, despite an amicable feeling, would not part with Nash without the right deal.
For them, that deal included Logan Couture, and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson was not willing to even consider including him in a deal. It wasn't that the talks started with Couture and then he was taken off the table, it's that he was never on the table at all.
Now, it's looking like San Jose is back in the Nash sweepstakes, with a Tweet from Nick Kypreos (with a H/T to SI.com) stating that San Jose, along with the Ottawa Senators, are the teams most interested in acquiring Nash:
Unfortunately, it still likely means that the Blue Jackets want Couture. And it's not likely to happen. That being said, Kypreos did follow up with a list of Sharks players who could potentially be on the table. He suggests that Joe Pavelski, Ryane Clowe and Jason Demers are guys that are being considered.
Pavelski is clearly the best of that bunch and stands the best chance of being part of a trade in regards to it being good for the Blue Jackets. But the return would really be questionable. How much better than Pavelski is Nash? Is it worth shaking up the locker room so much to bring in Nash?
Clowe and Demers are interesting options. Clowe is a guy who had a down season last year so his value might be diminished right now, so he might actually be worth more to the Sharks than he is to other teams. Demers is an interesting option but he isn't worth as much as either of the prior two mentioned.
That being said, it's good to see that other names are being floated around. We don't currently know if those are names the Sharks put on the table or if it's the Blue Jackets amending their demands as to where the trade starts, but it will be very interesting, to say the least.
The San Jose Sharks' 2012-13 schedule has been released by the NHL. For more on the Sharks check out Fear the Fin.
Is the balance of power in the Pacific Division shifting? Sure the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup, but are they going to start dominating the division? We look at what makes the roster tick and how it compares to the San Jose Sharks.
The San Jose Sharks and defenseman Brad Stuart have agreed to a three-year deal.
The San Jose Sharks have traded for the negotiating rights to Detroit Red Wings defeseman Brad Stuart, and given his connection to California and desire to put his family first, his signing with the team appears highly likely. His family is based in San Jose, and being close to them was as high on his list of priorities as it was to play for a Stanley Cup contending team. As he told mlive.com:
"It was important for me to see if I could improve my family situation and continue to be on a contending team and a team I was excited about going to," said Stuart, 32. "San Jose is definitely that place. The team is good. It's high on my list of things that are important to me at this point in my career. I want a chance to win every year.
"I've been around it in Detroit and you don't want anything else once you've been around it. That was very important. And, of course, my family as well. They were pretty open about my living situation the last three or four years and this is the perfect fit for both of those things."
Stuart started his career with the Sharks in 1999 and played here for five years before being dealt away in the 2005 trade that saw the Sharks acquire Joe Thornton. His family remained in San Jose as he moved around the league. The Red Wings had interest in retaining Stuart, but he was already looking elsewhere with his family in mind. He played 81 games in the 2012 season, collecting six goals and 15 assists. Sharks fans certainly hope a return to San Jose results in a happy, motivated Stuart producing for the team.
New contributor Rishi Narain breaks down the San Jose Sharks' 2011-12 season with an in-depth look at the roster and how it might be changing (or not changing) heading into next season. For more on the Sharks, check out Fear The Fin, SB Nation's blog dedicated to the Teal.
The San Jose Sharks are looking to bring change to their franchise, but do not expect a different head coach next season. According to this story from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com the Sharks are expected to announce they will keep Todd McLellan around for the 2012-2013 season.
Although nothing is official from San Jose, it's expected that the club will announce Todd McLellan's return within the next few weeks, perhaps with a new or re-tooled staff of assistants. According to reports, McLellan has two years remaining on his contract with the Sharks, although the club does not make that information public.
The story comes following the news that the Vancouver Canucks have retained their head coach, Alain Vigneault, for next season, and the Sharks are expected to follow their lead shortly.
Despite a strong regular season record of 195-92 with the Sharks since 2008, the club has failed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. For a team that has had as much talent as San Jose has had over the years, it is understandable for the fan base to be hungry for bigger and better results each spring.
For more on the Sharks and their plans with the coaching staff, be sure to check out Fear The Fin.
According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz, the San Jose Sharks may be looking to add an assistant coach to their front office, possibly fromer Shark and current scout Bryan Marchment.
Along with Marchment, San Jose is also looking at a number of other candidates from within their system such as development coach Mike Ricci, scout Dirk Graham, or possibly a member of their AHL affiliate coaching staff.
San Jose hasn't been making many splashes since the end of their season a few weeks ago in the first round of the NHL playoffs, but is trying to figure out something new to push them into the Stanley Cup Finals next season.
For more discussion and analysis of the San jose Sharks offseason, make sure that you check out Fear the Fin and SB Nation Bay Area. For more on the NHL in general, including the playoffs, make your way over to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.
The Associated Press files this report on what the owners are asking for from general manager Doug Wilson.
The ownership group of Sharks Sports & Entertainment issued a statement Wednesday calling a seventh-place finish in the Western Conference and a first-round playoff loss to St. Louis unacceptable while also backing Wilson’s leadership.
"We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup," the statement said. "Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug. The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL’s elite franchises."
Despite making playoff appearance after playoff appearance, the Sharks have yet to figure out how to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks made it to the Western Conference Finals the two previous seasons before this one, but bowed out both times. The Sharks lost in the Semifinals three straight years from 2005-06 to 2007-08, and went out in the first round in both 2008-09 and this year in 2011-12. San Jose will be looking to change things up this time next year, and they'll need to reboot things.
To learn more about what Sharks fans feel about their team, head on over to Fear the Fin.
The Sharks are just about a week removed from playing their final game of the season, but there have already been plenty of rumors flying around the team. There is little doubt that head coach Todd McLellan is qualified to lead a talented hockey club, but there have been some wondering whether or not he will return next year.
McLellan is still yet to receive a public vote of confidence from ownership, and there could be an attractive opening in Calgary should he become unemployed. Here is Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com with the latest:
He's still the head coach of the San Jose Sharks, but Todd McLellan's name is already being mentioned as a possible replacement for Brent Sutter in Calgary.
The Flames and Sutter agreed to part ways a couple weeks ago when Calgary failed to make the postseason for the third straight spring. The search for Sutter's replacement is underway, with GM Jay Feaster heading it up.
Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald writes:
One possible candidate is Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Should GM Doug Wilson decide to go in a different direction, McLellan has family in the Calgary area and an impressive resume to boot.
The Sharks may benefit from a coaching change, but it's always dangerous when switching up a coaching staff on a team that finished a few points back of a division title. Still, though, should they make a move, you would have to think McLellan would have no problem finding employment elsewhere.
For more on the Sharks and a possible coaching change, check out Fear The Fin.
Despite making the playoffs once more this year San Jose Sharks ownership released a statement on Wednesday to voice their concern for the franchise after a 2012 season in which they deemed 'not acceptable.'
"The on-ice results of our team this season are not acceptable to our fans, our organization or our ownership group. We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug. The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL's elite franchises."
Doug, being of course team GM Doug Wilson already spoke about head coach Todd McLellan and his status with the team earlier in the week, but things can always change.
"I believe in Todd. We've gone to the final four, he won a Cup in Detroit, he knows this game. But, there are some things we will all sit down and have to get better [at]. We don't believe in excuses and avoidance, and there are some things that are quite apparent that have to be fixed for us to be successful."
Wilson would also note that he is just as much responsible for all of this and will likely be in the hot seat as well as McLellan, though noted he would comment no further until the team was further along in it's review process of the front office situation. With the language used by the ownership, it's seems they may feel it's time to cause some ripples in an otherwise stagnent situation.
It doesn't look as though that will start with Wilson, given the statement, though.
The San Jose Sharks saw their season come to an end last week as they fell to the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs. With a long summer to recover from bumps and bruises accumulated during the season, the Sharks and center Logan Couture decided it was best for him to undergo shoulder surgery after months of discomfort.
On Tuesday, Couture underwent the knife and had a successful surgery on his left shoulder, according to this report from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com. Here are a few more details.
Couture, 23, revealed after the playoffs that he had been dealing with the injury since 2010, and it gradually got worse. The Sharks' lone All-Star in 2012, Couture had just one goal in the final 13 games of the regular season and one in the five-game first round series loss to St. Louis.
"I didn't score enough to help this team. There's no reason. I can't say it was because I had a bad shoulder," Couture said on April 24. "I didn't score and didn't help produce."
Couture is expected to have his arm in a sling for three weeks before beginning the rehab process.
"I'll take some time to rest and recover, and probably get back into the gym in the next month and a half," Couture said last week.
The Sharks are going to need Couture to make a complete recovery before the season begins. Seeing as the young center scored 31 goals and dished out 34 assists last season, you can see why his absence from the lineup would be a tough one to overcome. The good news is that his shoulder should be completely healthy now and he will have plenty of time to rebuild strength in the area through rehab and getting back into the gym.
For more on the Sharks and Couture, check out Fear The Fin.
Trade speculation is already brewing in San Jose.
The San Jose Sharks had a season of ups and downs and were ushered out of the playoffs in short order. The team is expected to make changes in the offseason.
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