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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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Eight-Year Extension Announced For Logan Couture In San Jose

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Center Logan Couture (@Logancouture) to an eight-year contract extension. Subject to team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Logan is a difference maker and has the proven ability to elevate his game when his team needs him the most," said Wilson. "His leadership, on and off the ice, combined with his high skill level and hockey sense make him a crucial component to this team's success. We're thrilled that Logan has made this long-term commitment to the team and to the community."  

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Statement From Doug Wilson

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson today released the following statement:

"I want to thank John Tavares and Pat Brisson for their interest in the San Jose Sharks and professionalism throughout this negotiation process. While we are naturally disappointed in the final decision, it's extremely heartening to know that the top players in this league consistently view San Jose as a place they want to play. This is echoed by our own world-class players, such as Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Martin Jones, who have continually chosen to bypass a chance at unrestricted free agency in recent years because they want to play in San Jose.

"This success can be directly attributed to owner Hasso Plattner, whose passionate support and financial commitment to bring a winner to San Jose is second to none in all of professional sports.

"Looking forward, we remain in an excellent position to add to our group should the right situation present itself and as I stated a few weeks ago, we're very excited about our team as it stands heading into next season."

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San Jose Sharks Trade Mike Hoffman To The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have acquired forward Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Florida's 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.

"Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL," said Tallon. "His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group."

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Ottawa Senators Trade Mike Hoffman To San Jose Sharks For Mikkel Boedker

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired forward Mikkel Boedker, defenceman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft.

"Today's trade showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice. We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

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Afternoon Line- Eric Duhatschek

Even though teams have gradually figured out that these types of contracts make no sense in the long term, they negotiate them anyway because the competition for high-end talent is so desperate that if you can get a player for the cost of his salary, some team somewhere is going to swallow hard and offer up the dollars needed to get the deal done. There were early mixed reviews about the Kane signing, largely for that reason. Here is a player who has just completed his ninth NHL season and has a career high of 57 points (in 74 games with the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets). Injuries have derailed Kane at different times in his career but this season, he got into 78 games and managed 54 points. After spending time with the Sharks in the first and second round, it became pretty clear though that this would be the eventual outcome.

-Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic where you can read more (paid subscription) on Kane, injury disclosures, Colin Miller and Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Evander Kane Re-Signing Is Official

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilsonannounced today that the club has re-signed Forward Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) to a seven-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders. It's extremely heartening to have Evander join a trend of elite players who have chosen to remain in San Jose. It speaks volumes as to how players view this organization and further illustrates the continued commitment to our fans by our owner Hasso Plattner."

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About The San Jose Sharks Signing Evander Kane

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

According to multiple reports, the team is close to finalizing a contract with free-agent-to-be Evander Kane. The deal, expected to pay $49 million over seven years, is another step in the passing of the torch from Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to a new generation of players.

While the longterm commitment to Kane is raising eyebrows because of the forward’s checkered past, it’s a deal the Sharks absolutely need to make.

The Sharks are attempting to pull off an extaordinarily difficult trick in the NHL’s salary-cap era: transition from one core to another while maintaining status as perennial Stanley Cup contender. It’s difficult to replace all-star players such as Thornton and Marleau without falling down.

But the Sharks managed to capitalize on a market inefficiency related to Kane. His questionable reputation enabled them to get him for a bargain price at the trade deadline — a first round pick, a fourth-round pick, and Danny O’Regan. With this contract, they’ve essentially replaced Marleau with a player 12 years younger and not much more expensive (less than $350,000) than Marleau was in the final year of his contract with the Sharks.

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Here They Are, The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

A reporter asked goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury about how everything had come together, how they had great players like Fleury and center William Karlsson and forward Jonathan Marchessault.

Great players?

Fleury smiled.

"I don't know if anybody would have said that in September, right?" Fleury said.

No one would have. It's tempting now to rewrite history and say the Golden Knights had more advantages than they did, that they were given all these great players and that this isn't completely, utterly, magically ridiculous.

But think back to training camp. Even though they had rules more favorable than to past teams in the NHL Expansion Draft, they acquired players deemed expendable by their former teams. Be honest. How good did you think they would be? Did you think they would make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, let alone win two rounds?

"Maybe a little bit of a long shot, you know?" Fleury said. "But here we are."

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