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Are The San Jose Sharks A Playoff Team?

from Dieter Kurtenbach of the Mercury News,

Their era is nearing an end, as first signified by Marleau’s exit.

And yes, players like Vlasic (29), Logan Couture (28), defenseman Justin Braun (29), and goalie Martin Jones (age 28 season) are in those prime years, but that’s not a big enough group to overlook the overarching issue at hand.

The Sharks have a group of established, been-around-the-block players, and general manager Doug Wilson is keen to carry some young players that went deep in the playoffs last year with the team’s AHL affiliate on this year’s NHL roster.

Together, the veterans and the young players probably aren’t enough to make the playoffs, much less the Stanley Cup Final.


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San Jose Sharks Sign Brandon Bollig

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Bollig is a competitive player who will add a tough edge to the Sharks," said Wilson.  "He brings with him a lot of playoff experience and a Stanley Cup Championship.  His grit and physicality will be a great addition to our team."
Bollig, 30, scored 11 goals and 11 assists in 60 games played with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League (affiliate of the Calgary Flames).  Additionally, he recorded 80 shots on goal and 136 penalty minutes.  In five playoff games for the Heat, Bollig registered one goal, two penalty minutes, and six shots.

In 206 career AHL games with the Stockton Heat and Rockford IceHogs, Bollig has posted 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists), 247 shots on goal, and 578 penalty minutes.

Bollig has collected 10 goals, 13 assists, 392 penalty minutes, and 527 hits in 241 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks.  He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. 

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Joe Thornton Decides To Stay In San Jose

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Joe Thornton spent days trading text messages and phone calls with Patrick Marleau. The two veteran forwards were unrestricted free agents for the first time in their NHL careers, wooed by teams around the League.

Thornton decided to return to the San Jose Sharks. He wanted Marleau to return too, so badly apparently he was willing to take less money to make it happen. General manager Doug Wilson said Thornton agreed to a one-year contract on Friday with different versions of compensation depending on the circumstances.

But Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Then the Sharks announced Thornton was coming back on a one-year contract. Thornton's agency, Top Shelf Sports Management, tweeted the total value was $8 million. TSN reported a signing bonus of $1.25 million and salary of $6.75 million....

Thornton has spent the past 11-plus seasons with the Sharks, since they acquired him from the Boston Bruins on Nov. 30, 2005, on his way to the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. He ranks second to Marleau in games played (914) and points (937) in San Jose history, and he's first in assists (722). He still drives play and passes the puck like a wizard even though he turned 38 on Sunday. He's a center, Marleau a wing.

Yes, Thornton dropped from 82 points (19 goals, 63 assists) in 2015-16 to 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists) last season. Yes, he sustained a bad knee injury late in the season. But he came off a short summer after the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, played for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and ground through a condensed schedule, and the knee is fine. Thornton said he expects to start skating in a couple of weeks and will be 100 percent.

"I haven't trained my legs like this ever in my career, so my legs are going to be stronger than ever, to be honest with you," Thornton said.


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Joe Thornton Signing In San Jose Is Official

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced 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. His leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise's success, and we're excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose."

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Evening Line- Patrick Marleau

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Waiting On Patrick Marleau

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

He could remain in San Jose, but other clubs are said to be in hot pursuit. The Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs are all still interested in Marleau, but the 37-year-old veteran forward is surely reluctant to move on from the place he’s called home for the past 19 seasons.

Marleau was reported to have a two-year offer on the table from the Sharks on Friday, but according to one source, offers from the other clubs – particularly Toronto, from what I understand – are better than what the Sharks are offering. It’s highly likely that Marleau is weighing whether to take a better deal somewhere else and uproot his family (or commute back and forth to the Bay Area), or stay with San Jose on a lesser deal.

There is genuine uncertainty regarding Marleau from everyone I’ve talked to. No one seems to know what he’ll decide. He deserves some time to make up his mind, of course, but I would be surprised if it drags on much longer.

On a related note, I don’t expect the Sharks will announce the one-year contract for Joe Thornton until Marleau’s decision becomes public.

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Joe Thornton Appears To Be Staying In San Jose


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An Eight-Year Deal For Marc-Edouard Vlasic In San Jose And Six Years For Martin Jones

added 12:54pm, San Jose releases below...

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The NHL Needs To Be In Pyeongchang

from Marc-Edouard Vlasic at CBC Sports,

This POV was originally written for Radio-Canada and has been translated to English.

I was there sitting in front of my TV. It’s a nice TV, but I just had this urge to break it in two.

What I was seeing was completely ridiculous. It was April 3, and the commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, announced that NHL players would not participate at the next Winter Olympic Games, taking place in less than a year in South Korea. And that the case was closed. At first, I told myself they had missed April Fools by two days.

The elimination rounds of the NHL playoffs were about to start. In terms of timing, it was perfect for the league. People were going to chat a bit, then the series would start and all the Olympic stories would quickly be forgotten.

I can’t say that I am disappointed. When you are disappointed you can move on. When you’re in a relationship and that person leaves you, it’s disappointing and you are frustrated. But even if it’s difficult, you turn the page. No, saying that I am disappointed is not strong enough, because this is unacceptable. Players in the NHL should participate in the Olympic Games for two good and simple reasons: First, the Olympic Games must have the best players in the world facing off.

Second, it is the ideal occasion to promote our sport all over the world. If NHL players don’t end up going to Pyeongchang, I will spend the rest of my career (I have always wanted to play until I am 40, so the next 10 years) feeling frustration and hatred towards the NHL.


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San Jose Sharks Trade Mirco Mueller To The New Jersey Devils

SAN JOSE, CA  - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft selection.

The Sharks now have eight selections in the 2017 NHL Draft; 1st round (19th), second round (49th), fourth round (123rd), sixth round (159th, 174th) and seventh (205th, 212th, 214th).

"We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda organizations," said Wilson.  "This will be an excellent opportunity for Mirco to continue his development and with our organization's depth on the blueline, an opportunity for us to acquire assets for the future.  We wish him the best."

Mueller played in 54 NHL games with San Jose from 2014-2017, posting six points (two goals, four assists) and 17 penalty minutes.  He was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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