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It May Not Be A Slump For Erik Karlsson

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

When the Sharks traded for Karlsson in September and gave up practically nothing off their roster in return, the fantasy experts started drooling. If you thought Karlsson had been dangerous in Ottawa, where the top scorer managed just 23 goals last season, just wait until he was passing the puck up to Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski — or Logan Couture and Evander Kane, or Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier....

Forget 82 points. The thinking was Karlsson, who is also in the final year of his contract, might be the first defenceman since Brian Leetch to crack the 100-point mark....

Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Karlsson had no goals and eight assists (had 2 assists last night) in his first 19 games. At this point last year, he had 17 points....

In nine seasons with the Senators, Karlsson led the team in scoring four times and finished second in three others. There was a reason for that. If he didn’t, no one else would.

In San Jose, his job description has changed. On a team that has so many offensive options, Karlsson is no longer the No. 1 offensive weapon. With Brent Burns leading the Sharks with 21 points, he might not even be the team’s No. 1 offensive defenceman.


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Joe Thornton Will Play Game #1500 Tomorrow Night

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Thornton, 39, will become the 19th player in NHL history to play in 1,500 games Thursday when the Sharks visit the Dallas Stars to start a quick two-game road trip. In 20-plus seasons, he’s played 967 games with the Sharks, second-most in franchise history behind Patrick Marleau (1,493)....

Reaching 1,500 games “is really hard to do, and it’s even harder to do in the era that Joe’s in right now,” said Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who played 1,635 games from 1982-2004 and is now an analyst for NHL Network.

“The way the game has changed, hats off to Joe to figure out how to stay effective and be as good as he has been in a different era.”

Of the 18 players who have reached this plateau, 14 are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, with others like Jaromir Jagr, Marleau and Jarome Iginla likely to follow once they become eligible.

Thornton, with 1,430 career points, 16th all-time, will be there too, one day.


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The Dwindling List Of Potential UFA Defensemen

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

First OEL agreed to terms in June. Then Doughty. Then McDonagh. Then Ellis. And now Schmidt. Outside of Karlsson, all potential 2019 UFAs have been taken off the market.

Don’t you guys know we have a freaking show to run on TSN July 1, boys?...

All eyes will continue to be fixed on Karlsson as he decides on his future while getting adjusted to his new life in San Jose. As I reported earlier this month, the CBA dictates that if he wants a maximum term, eight-year deal he can’t sign one with the Sharks until after the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He can sign an extension of any other length with San Jose before then but I can’t see him wanting less than eight years if he does decide to stay put....

After Karlsson, it’s 28-year-olds Jake Gardiner and Tyler Myers on the pending UFA D-man list. They would be highly sought after not only because they’re still in their prime but also because of the way they play the game in the new NHL. It’s all about puck-moving D.

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Marc-Edouard Vlasic On The Stick To The Head Incident

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

TSN analyst Darren Dreger lit a fire on Twitter Wednesday when he suggested that Vlasic should be added to the NHL’s embellishment list for drawing a questionable high-sticking penalty that led to the game-winning goal in the Sharks 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night....

Though the video shows no evidence that Arvidsson’s stick struck Vlasic in any way, the Sharks defenseman argued the opposite with defiance after practice Thursday.

“I don’t know why we’re even talking about this — he hit me in the helmet,” Vlasic said. “Because Dreger and Mike Fisher decide to say something they’re right? It’s funny, when you’re sitting far away, you think you know the game.

“I don’t have to defend myself. It hit the visor.”

more, you can watch the video of the incident there too or below...

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Video- Spend The Night On The Ice With Evander Kane

Against the Buffalo Sabres.


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Morning Line- Evander Kane

"There was always a lot of potential with our teams in Buffalo and we had a lot of young talent that, for some reason, just couldn't put it all together. We didn't get off to good starts and we kind of took the wind out of our own sails early in the year and it made for some long seasons.

"It was tough to be a part of those losing seasons, but I did have a lot of fun with the group of guys we had."

-Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks.  Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com has more.  The Sabres face the Sharks in San Jose tonight.

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Joe Thornton Placed On IR

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Video- The Tap Timo Meier Gave To Drew Doughty

via Jessi McDonald of LA Kings Insider, LA Kings head coach John Stevens,

Stevens, on Timo Meier’s contact with Drew Doughty’s leg:
He got slashed behind the play. Sometimes you get hit there and you get in on the side of the leg, there’s a nerve there. The leg goes numb for a minute. They obviously didn’t see it. He got looked at, he was fine and came back. [Reporter: Your emotions when he was down on the ice pounding it, what are you thinking when you were seeing that?] I saw the replay right away, so I figured it was something that just stung him there. It didn’t look like it was too vicious. Had they seen it, it’s a penalty. A lot going on out there. But he didn’t miss too much time, so he’s good to go.



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Video- A Sit Down With Erik Karlsson

via Sportsnet,

San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson sits down with Christine Simpson to talk about the trade that sent him from the Ottawa Senators to California.

Excellent interview.


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Evening Line- Joe Thornton

“I think if you ask anybody around here, we need a Cup around here, that’s the bottom line. It was a good run (in 2016), but we didn’t win. This year, if we do things right, we have a chance.”

-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.  Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun has more.

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