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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.”
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks owner Hasso Plattner was adamant that when he mentioned Penguins star Evgeni Malkin’s name during a recent press conference, he was only using the Russian forward as an example and wasn’t tampering.
“We cannot buy the Stanley Cup,” said the billionaire founder of SAP on May 8, before casually mentioning that Malkin wasn’t a player the Sharks could just go out and spend to acquire.
Still, some ears in San Jose may have perked up a bit late last week when Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet (Canada) mentioned that Malkin might not be happy in Pittsburgh. The Penguins were recently eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, and may be looking to shake things up this offseason now that it’s been six years since their last Stanley Cup and they fritter away the prime of Sidney Crosby’s career. Malkin is their highest paid player, carrying a $9.5 million salary cap hit through 2021-22.
Malkin’s agent predictably denied that his client was looking to be traded shortly after the report surfaced.
If both Malkin and the Penguins are ready for a change, though, there aren’t too many other teams that could take on Malkin’s salary.
from David Pollak of Working The Corners,
Q: Other than Brent Burns with Team Canada, and Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton in an under-18 tournament two decades ago, is there anyone else on the Sharks you’ve coached before?
A: No, no. Everybody gets a fresh, clean slate and that’s the way it should be. When you go through a tough year like last year, I think that’s what the players want and I think the benefit of having a new coach is you can provide that.
Q: The Sharks missed the playoffs for first time under Wilson. What’s the primary thing that needs to change to make this team more successful?
A: I’m going to roll up my sleeves here this summer. I don’ t think there’s one thing. I think there’s a lot of things.
I want to talk to the players. I’ve had some good conversations with Doug. I want to watch some more game film. I’ve got some ideas in my head but I can’t box it up for you in one package here.
I can tell you I believe it’s fixable. The biggest thing that’s going to be fixed and the most comforting thing to me is the character of this group. You have a lot of proud people here that aren’t too happy about where they were sitting at the end of last season.
My history with that is if you’ve got character and you’ve been through that you’re ready to push back. I think we’re going to see that.
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