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It’s Stanley Cup Or Bust For The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury Times,

They were thought to be playoff contenders again, like they have been for most of the last 15 years. Maybe not in the NHL’s top tier, but among the teams that have a reasonable shot at a division crown.

All that has changed with the acquisition of Karlsson, who should help a power play that ranked 16th in the 2017-18 regular season and sixth in the playoffs.

The message is simple. It’s time to hang a Cup banner in the rafters of SAP Center.

“Things kind of get shaken up after a big trade,” said Couture, who centered a line with Hertl and Timo Meier on Friday. “It’s a good energy, it’s a nervous energy, it’s every type of energy that there is. … Everyone’s just ready to get going and today was a very good day.”

That’s partly because the Sharks saw Thornton back on the ice, healthy, rested and eager to play.

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Wheeler Dealer Doug Wilson

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

San Jose, however, seems to have cracked the post-cap code in this regard, and this season will ice the trio of Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, the best threesome in the NHL going into the 2018-2019 season. Nashville might differ, with P.K. Subban, Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm, but most would give the Sharks a slight edge with the acquisition of Karlsson and his splendid skill set this week.

The fact Karlsson and Burns were acquired by trade speaks to the resourcefulness of Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and his creativeness when it comes to horse-trading with his fellow GMs. Heck, he didn’t even know Burns was a forward or a defenceman when he got him from Minnesota in 2011 for Devon Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle, and most would agree that has turned out very much in San Jose’s favour.

Wilson, now in his 15th year running the Sharks, was never really viewed as overly cautious among his peers, but he was certainly committed to a consistent draft-and-develop strategy and understandably conscious of the revenue and payroll restrictions of San Jose, which plays in one of the NHL’s smallest rinks.

In the past three years, however, Wilson has become increasingly bold, almost at the same time Nashville counterpart David Poile has become similarly aggressive when it comes to trades.

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Erik Karlsson Says Goodbye

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Erik Karlsson’s time as an Ottawa Senator has gradually yet suddenly expired sooner than he ever wished it to.

So, he’s buying a little more.

A cluster of credentialed messengers are gathered in the club’s press room. Some have been hanging around the Canadian Tire Centre for more than eight hours waiting for Ottawa’s most dynamic hockey player to appear at camp and speak his mind.

They can wait a few extra minutes for his heart.

Karlsson — now devastatingly, dangerously a San Jose Shark — is making his way around the bowels of a rink he wowed for nine seasons with those sky-high saucer passes that grazed the Jumbotron and a skating stride that blew his hair like a poem, on half an ankle you’d swear was a full and on an Achilles he’d make you forget was once hanging by a thread.

Two floors removed from the cameras, the man they affectionately call “Karl” wants a moment to dish out hugs to employees, to friends, those who watched all those thrilling highs and crushing lows of arguably the franchise’s greatest pure talent. A gift whose unceremonious departure is being cursed.

“I wanted to say goodbye to everyone first,” says Karlsson. “I don’t think I’d ever in my wildest imagination thought I’d leave this place.”

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Videos- All About The Erik Karlsson Trade

Three videos total, the first is TSN on the trade, Craig Button gives the Sens a fail.

 

 

Below, Sportsnet on the trade and Erik Karlsson press conference.

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Afternoon Line- Joe Thornton

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Erik Karlsson Traded To The San Jose Sharks

 

added 2:32pm,

 

 

 

added 2:40pm, San Jose release is below.

added 2:43pm, Ottawa release is below.

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Video- The Blue Danube Never Sounded Better

Staring Brent Burns,

 

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Video- Spend The Day With Evander Kane

Nine minutes to watch.

 

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The San Jose Sharks Are Ready For A Cup Run

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

At 29, Couture is coming off one of his best offensive seasons ever. He set a new high with 34 goals and led the Sharks in scoring during the playoffs. The crafty pivot has made a habit of showing up large in the post-season lately, with 45 points in his past 40 playoff games.

Wilson believes there are young players in the Sharks pipeline who are ready for a crack at the big time, so he didn’t add any veterans in the off-season (the Mike Hoffman trade being a quick-witted ruse that shuttled the scorer to Florida from Ottawa). Couture isn’t alone in being a leader – along with Thornton, you’ve still got Burns and Joe Pavelski around – but his time soaking up experience from those players and Marleau has come in handy.

“I got to sit beside Patty for eight years and just watch him,” Couture said. “You learn so much. A guy that sticks around the league for 19 years; they’re doing a lot of things right.”

In a Western Conference that seems very wide open right now, the Sharks are poised to be in the thick of the hunt once again. They’ve got skill at every position and the dressing room by all accounts is a great place to work. Power forward Evander Kane found that to be the case after he came over from Buffalo and he ended up signing an extension earlier this spring. Kane has had conflicts before, so why has San Jose worked so far?

“Our dressing room is very welcoming, very open,” Couture said. “There are a lot of different characters, whether it’s Brent Burns or ‘Jumbo’ or ‘Kaner.’ No one judges him for what happened in the past. We judge him for what he brings to the rink for the Sharks and we’re happy to have him.”

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A One-Year Extension For Joe Thornton In San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilsonannounced today that the club has re-signed Center Joe Thornton to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

"Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it's only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward," said Wilson. "He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. Nobody loves the game of hockey more than Joe Thornton and his leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise's success. We're excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose." 

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