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Mike Grier Will Be Named GM Today For The San Jose Sharks

from Sportsnet,

The San Jose Sharks will announce Mike Grier as their new general manager on Tuesday, Sportsnet can confirm. It is believed he will be the first Black man in NHL history to hold the position.

Grier, 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL beginning in 1996, three of them with the Sharks. His last season was with the Buffalo Sabres and he retired from playing in 2011.

Grier replaces interim GM Mike Will, who took over when Doug Wilson stepped away in November of 2021 for medical reasons. Wilson had held the position for 19 years and resigned in April.

The Detroit-born, but Massachusetts-raised Grier has held various non-playing positions since retiring. He spent two seasons behind the bench as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils from 2018 to 2020. A year ago, he was hired as an adviser to hockey operations for the New York Rangers. He has also served as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks between 2014 and 2018.

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The San Jose Sharks Now Need A Head Coach While The GM Search Continues

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Patrick Marleau Announces His Retirement

from Patrick Marleau at The Players' Tribune,

I was three years old when my dad, Denis, took me to skate at the local rink in Aneroid for the first time. He said I got halfway around the rink, turned around and headed back to him, handing him the chair he’d given me for balance. “I don’t want this,” was all I said, and then I turned and went back out on the ice. 

I fell in love with being out there at a young age. Hockey has always brought me a happiness I can’t put into words. It’s the smell of the rink, the laughs with my teammates, the competition, the thrill of victory, and yes, even the sorrow of defeat that fuels the fire to go out and try again. I was lucky to find my passion when I did, from that very first lap.

Soon, I was skating each and every chance I got. Sometimes, that was on the dugout of our family’s farm. There was a watering hole that the cattle used to drink from, and in the winter it would freeze. So, we would make a hole for the cows to get what they needed, and the rest would be frozen and waiting for my brother and I to play our own version of an NHL game. I idolized Mario Lemieux growing up, so I would pretend to be him winning Stanley Cups for the Penguins. Right there, during those brutal Saskatchewan winters, my dream was born. I’d come home in tears with frozen feet, and my mom would slowly warm me back up. Those core memories, all centered on hockey and family, make up so much of who I am. They are still the most important things in my life today.

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GM Search For The San Jose Sharks Will Soon Begin In Earnest

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

The Sharks’ search for a permanent general manager remains in the nascent stages as the team, as of late this week, still had not talked to any potential candidates.

That could change in the near future. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun said the Sharks have whittled down their initial list of 50 names to about 25, and could begin to speak with “five or six” potential candidates over the phone within the next week.

The Sharks have said they are looking for an external replacement for Doug Wilson, who stepped down as the team’s general manager on April 7.

Individuals such as Arizona Coyotes assistant GM John Ferguson and longtime NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, now an analyst for ESPN and the NHL Network, have been mentioned as possible candidates.

Right now, though, any names being bandied about are merely speculative, similar to someone random throwing darts at a dartboard. They might hit the bullseye, but luck would be involved.

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Doug Wilson Steps Down As GM Of The San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - Doug Wilson announced today that he is stepping down from his role as general manager of the San Jose Sharks.

"These past 19 years serving as general manager of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable periods of my life," said Wilson. "I have been incredibly fortunate to work for and with some of the most talented and passionate people in the game of hockey.

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A Still Motivated Erik Karlsson

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

The missing piece in all of this is Karlsson’s endgame. Why, at 31, with trophies in his case and another half-decade of hefty paycheques scheduled to come in, he’s still pushing to find new ways to get all he possibly can out of his body. “My motivation has never been to be the best in the world, or be one of the best. My motivation has always been the same, and it’s always going to be the same, and that is to win,” Karlsson says. “I want to win a Stanley Cup. I want to win more than one Stanley Cup. That’s always been what’s been driving me. And I haven’t achieved that. So, in my mind, I’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’ll try and find the right way to get to where I want to go, and that’s ultimately what it is.

“So, all this other talk about what-ifs and what’s been and what can be, doesn’t really matter to me. Because my motivation, even from a young age, has always been the same. And that is to win. That’s why I play this game. That’s why I started playing this game. And that’s the way that I’ll end playing this game.”

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Andrew Cogliano Now A Member Of The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Andrew Cogliano from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Cogliano, 34, has tallied 15 points (4g/11a) in 56 games for the San Jose Sharks this season, his 15th in the National Hockey League. He has totaled 425 points (174g/251a) in 1,122 career contests with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Sharks. Selected by Edmonton in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Cogliano recorded an 830-game ironman streak from Oct. 4, 2007 through Jan. 13, 2018, which was the fourth-longest in the NHL at the time. He is one of two NHL skaters to appear in 800 consecutive games from the start of their career (Doug Jarvis, 964). 

The 5-foot-10, 179-pound center has collected 29 points (10g/19a) in 100 career postseason contests with Anaheim and Dallas. He helped the Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2020 and paced the team in hits (89) and shorthanded time on ice (99:31) that season. Cogliano was part of Anaheim’s runs to the Western Conference Finals in 2015 an 2017, setting playoff career highs in goals (3) and points (9) and matching his career best in assists (6) in 2015.

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Minnesota Trades Kaapo Kahkonen To San Jose

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An Eight-Year Extension For Tomas Hertl And The San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Assistant General Manager Joe Will announced today that center Tomas Hertl has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Tomas has evolved into a premier top-line centerman in the league, competing against the NHL's best players every single night and delivering significant results," said Assistant General Manager Joe Will. "There are few centermen in the NHL with his combination of physical and dynamic play and he is a player that you build a franchise around. We are fortunate to have two of the league's top centermen on one team with Tomas and Logan Couture.

"By agreeing to this contract, Tomas is cementing his path with the Sharks, following in the footsteps of some incredible players who have worn the Sharks crest. He has shown that he wants to play in San Jose for years to come and it shows his dedication to the organization and community since he joined the team in 2012. We are thrilled to have Tomas for another eight years."

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Video- “Timo’s Night”

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Timo Meier set multiple team records with his five-goal outburst Monday afternoon in the Sharks’ 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center.

Meier became the first Sharks player to score five goals in a single game and his three first period goals, coming in 19:09, set another team record for the fastest hat trick from the start of a game. He then scored his fourth and fifth goals in the second period to stake the Sharks to a 6-1 lead.

Meier’s first four goals came in 18:22 of actual game time, setting another Sharks individual record. The former record of four goals in 22:46 was set by Tomas Hertl on Oct. 8, 2013 against the New York Rangers in what was his third NHL game.

“That’s now a long time ago,” Hertl said Monday. “Today was Timo’s night.”

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Meier's five goals are below in one video.

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