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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It is interesting sometimes how some players, if they don’t catch the initial wave from their own era, get lost in the shuffle when it comes to their Hockey Hall of Fame induction chances. One such player is Doug Wilson, 15th all-time in scoring among defensemen but still overlooked year after year at induction time. Between 1977-78 and 1992-93, the Ottawa native put up 827 points (237-590) in 1,024 career regular-season games with mostly the Chicago Blackhawks before ending his career with the San Jose Sharks, where he eventually became the club’s longtime general manager as well. Wilson had a cannon of a shot, was a great two-way defender, won a Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and played in eight NHL All-Star games. But somehow his call from the Hockey Hall of Fame never came ... not yet anyway.
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Wilson’s 827 points rank him ahead of the likes of Red Kelly, Borje Salming, Rob Blake, Mark Howe and Scott Niedermayer, all deserved Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
In yet another move that strongly suggests that the Sharks are back in win-now mode, veteran right wing Joel Ward was signed on Friday to a three-year contract with San Jose.
On the day before July 4, Ward is taking off his red, white and blue to put on teal, leaving the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent. It became evident that Ward would be looking for a new home after Washington added T.J. Oshie via trade with St. Louis, and signed Justin Williams away from Los Angeles earlier this week.
Ward sounded excited to be coming to a club that he still believes can compete for a Stanley Cup.
“The names on the roster speak for themselves. It made the decision pretty easy,” Ward said on a conference call Friday. “I want to win, and give [myself] a chance to hoist the Cup. I thought that was a place that with the roster, I could come in here and fit and try to achieve that goal.”
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from Paul Martin at The Players' Tribune,
There are many more people I’d like to thank, but most importantly, I’d like to thank the fans. You were all so supportive and passionate. When I arrived here, I was a defensive specialist — definitely not a household name. I used to have a joke when I was driving around town with friends and spotted someone in a Penguins jersey. “Hey, there’s a no. 7!” You see so many 7s in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most have an 8 before or a 1 after. Sid and Geno run the town. Whenever I would see an actual Paul Martin jersey, I’d usually pop my head out the window and say hello.
I’ll never forget the kids who would come up to me and say, “You’re my favorite player. I want to play just like you.” That never stops being an incredible feeling.
So thank you, Pittsburgh. And hello, San Jose. I can’t catch a break. I’ve got some stiff competition in the team store with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Burns … I might have to buy a bunch of teal no. 7 jerseys and circulate them around the city. Keep your eye out.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon (@BDillon4) to a five-year contract.
Dillon, 24, recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 80 games with both Dallas and San Jose last season. Acquired from Dallas in November 2014, Dillon ranked 3rd on San Jose in penalty minutes (54), hits (127) and his 19:13 average ice time per game ranked 6th on the team in 60 games with the Sharks. He finished ranking 4th on San Jose in blocked shots (110).
"Brenden is an important part of this team going forward and we look forward to him playing an integral role on our blueline for years to come," said Wilson. "He's a great fit for our organization now and for the future and we're excited to watch him blossom here in San Jose."
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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
There’s a real possibility that there could be a blockbuster in the works involving one of the team’s core players.
Would aging veterans Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau prefer to relocate to a team that has better prospects of winning in the immediate future? Was Brent Burns shifted back to defense last season in order to increase his trade value? Is Logan Couture still happy here, after he was critical of the team’s “not great” culture? Is Justin Braun expendable after he struggled in the first year after signing a big contract extension? These are all fair questions.
There’s also free agency. Wilson indicated that market is pretty thin but the Sharks have plenty of cap space to play with, sitting approximately $16 million under the limit.
Wilson has hinted for months that the Sharks could be in a position to take advantage of a club that is up against the cap. Perhaps they are readying an offer sheet or two for a top restricted free agent.
There should be plenty of options, and Wilson will weigh them all leading up to the draft and in the weeks that follow.
"We're putting this team in a position to bounce back and be very competitive come September,” Wilson said. “Will we explore everything? Yeah, we will.”
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