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What’s Next For Joe Thornton?

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Thornton is 37 years old. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. But after putting his knee on the line for his team, he underwent surgery Monday afternoon to repair the damage.

Which means: Any team that was thinking about signing Thornton to a free agent deal would surely want to see how his knee recovers from the surgery–but with a six-month recovery and rehab period ahead of him, no one will know for certain about his status until October, which is when the NHL season starts.

Which almost surely means: Thornton is likely to receive no free agent offers this summer–or at least no multi-year offers, which he’s said to prefer.

Which furthermore means: Thornton’s unfortunate injury could benefit the Sharks. They have exclusive rights to Thornton regarding a contract extension until July 1.  It’s a safe assumption that the team wants him back. But if general manager Doug Wilson wishes, he could use the situation as leverage for terms that are more favorable to the team. That could include less money or a shorter contract term.

Which calculatedly means: Thornton is not in the best negotiating position, despite being one of the NHL’s all-time top 25 point scorers.

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Joe Thornton Will Have Knee Surgery Today

via the Mercury News,

The knee injury that Sharks star Joe Thornton suffered was a significant one — he tore both his ACL and MCL before the NHL playoffs began, the team announced Monday.

Thornton, 37, played the last four games of the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against Edmonton after missing the first two.

“It’s as courageous an effort — him doing what he did — as I’ve ever seen,” said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer.

Thornton was scheduled to have knee surgery later Monday afternoon.

The Sharks also disclosed that Patrick Marleau played the series with a broken thumb and Tomas Hertl played with a broken foot.

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The San Jose Sharks Ran Out Of Gas

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Saturday’s defeat eliminated the beloved Los Tiburones from the Stanley Cup tournament three rounds before they went home a year ago when they reached the Final and lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But that result was more understandable, if just as non-palatable. The Penguins were a team full of veteran stars who had experienced a previous championship parade.  Saturday, the Sharks were finished off by an Oilers’ squad of young whippersnappers, many of whom had never been involved in any postseason games.

It is entirely possible, though, that all of those playoff games last spring and summer, added to some World Cup of Hockey games by several top Sharks, on top of the regular season grind . . . well, all of it could have piled up and helped create what we saw over the six playoff nights.

Pete DeBoer, the Sharks’ coach, said in his postgame media remarks that he did not want to dive too deep into certain elements of what happened because he wanted to give Edmonton proper credit.  But then DeBoer finished that remark with the bottom line.

“My gut feeling is, we ran out of some gas here in the last month,” DeBoer said.

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Patrick Marleau And Joe Thornton Could Be Playing Their Last Game For The San Jose Sharks

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

There are many layers of drama attached to Saturday night’s Game 6 at SAP Center.  The top layer, of course, is whether the Sharks, trailing three games to two, find a way to take the series back to Edmonton on Monday. But there is also plenty of subtext drama. None of that drama is more dramatic than the drama-laden possibility that Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton could both be making dramatic exits by playing their final games in San Jose uniforms at the Shark Tank.

Both are 37 years old. Both will be 38 by October when the next regular season begins. Both are unrestricted free agents this summer. Both wish to continue playing hockey.  Is it even possible that both will be back in teal for the 2017-18 season? They have decisions to make. So does general manager Doug Wilson. Saturday night could be when the storylines merge.

One game will not decide whether Marleau or Thornton or both remain part of the beloved Los Tiburones.  But the result of this series could. Both say they wish to continue playing hockey. But if the Sharks can’t go farther than the first round at this stage of their careers, does the team still want or need them? Or should the salary cap money go to younger players?  Likewise, do Marleau and Thornton still want or need the Sharks?  Or would they prefer joining another Stanley Cup contender in need of a final missing piece?  Will they demand multi-year deals at major money or give a hometown discount?

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The San Jose Sharks Fell To The Edmonton Oilers In OT

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Oscar Klefbom scored with 2:46 left in the third period to tie the game 3-3, as the Oilers came all the way back after trailing by two goals to take a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 on Saturday in San Jose.

“What can we do? We’ve just got to get ready for the next one,” Jones said. “Our backs are against the wall now. So we’ve got to play with some urgency and win a home game.”

Only a handful of sensational saves by Jones in overtime allowed the game to go as long as it did.

Jones had 32 saves in regulation time and was epic in overtime, stopping Draisaitl point blank and making another save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after the puck had bounced behind him. Jones also stopped shots by Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle, as the Oilers recorded 12 of the first 14 shots in overtime.

The Sharks were hoping they could withstand the Oilers’ pressure in overtime and eventually find their footing.

“But you’re playing with fire when you’re playing in your own end the whole time,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “We couldn’t reestablish any offensive momentum, and I think it’s because of our mindset the last 10 minutes of the third. We were defending and sitting on the lead and did a great job of that, made one mistake and couldn’t get it back again.”

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An Ugly Loss For The Edmonton Oilers Against The San Jose Sharks

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t need to be reminded that despite San Jose’s age, injuries and tepid start to the series, the Sharks are still a lethal force in the playoffs.

But the Sharks reminded them anyway.

They reminded them with a humiliating slap in the face Tuesday night at the Shark Tank, whipping the Oilers for fun in a 7-0 Game 4 beat down that evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 and shook the upstart Oilers to their core.

If the first three games of the series (3-2, 2-0 and 1-0) were a coin toss, this was taking a roll of Loonies, putting it in a sock and beating Edmonton senseless with it.

It was ugly. The winning goal came at the 15 second mark. It was 5-0 by the midway mark. The seven-goal margin of defeat was the worst playoff loss in Oilers franchise history.

“We were bad tonight, obviously,” said captain Connor McDavid in a sombre Oilers dressing room. “That’s not our team, that’s not our game. We haven’t been like that all year. It was a one-off. We take the game tape and throw it away.”

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Video- Leon Draisaitl Spear On Chris Tierney

via Daniel Mano of the Mercury News,

Draisaitl shoved his stick between the legs of Sharks center Chris Tierney in a cringe-inducing spearing that led to Draisatl’s five-minute major penalty and ejection.

“Just feel a stick groin in my groin, so obviously it doesn’t feel well at the time,” Tierney said after the Sharks’ 7-0 win. “Just kind of dropped and went to shake it off. Takes a couple minutes to recover from something like that. But felt OK the rest of the game.”

 

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Sharks Can’t Score In Oilers 1-0 Win

from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,

So what gives? Where are the goals? Where are the players who are supposed to get the goals? Logan Couture gets a break here because he is playing with a broken mouth. He threw off his full cage mask Sunday and seemed a little more effective. But you can’t count on him to be fully effective until he can at least eat a sandwich without wincing. But what about the other playoff scorers that Shark fans have known and loved over the years?

Where is Patrick Marleau? He’s playing decent defense like the rest of the Sharks but is still without a point in this series. He went shotless Sunday. He’s got to find a way to make more impact.

Where is Brent Burns? The league’s best defenseman during the regular season is finding it hard to get his booming shots from the point through to the net because the Oilers are crowding him and after getting eight shots on goal in Game 1 has recorded just two and three in the last two games, respectively. DeBoer noted that the Sharks have done a fairly good job of containing Oilers’ star Connor McDavid and that the Oilers are doing the same with Burns.

“If they’re going to concentrate on shutting down him, somebody else has to get the job done . . . just like them,” DeBoer said.

Where is Mikkel Boedker? Not even dressed, actually. It was also a bad night for the Sharks’ two biggest free agent signings from last offseason. Boedker, who was supposed to bring dynamic swiftness to the team, was scratched. Schlemko, who was supposed to provide steady defense and puck movement, made a shaky choice on one play and . . . well, we have covered that.

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The San Jose Sharks Failed To Take Advantage Of Their Power Play Opportunities

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We got what we probably deserved,” said captain Joe Pavelski. “And I was leading the way.”

Actually, the parade was pretty thick and didn’t need much leading.

But there was no “probably” about what the Sharks deserved.

And yes, Pavelski is correct in one respect. He did make the most visible mistake of his team’s Game 2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. On an evening when the Sharks had a man advantage on six occasions, they wound up being outshot by the Oilers 6-5 during those power plays and scored zero goals–while the Oilers scored two. Which is how the beloved Los Tiburones wound up losing one of the weirder disappointing playoff games in franchise history, 2-0.

Kassian appeared to throw his shoulder and chest area into Couture’s head and he went down in a heap. Couture popped up quickly, though, and kept going without seeming effect and even did an interview between the second and third periods for the Canadian network broadcasting the game.  Burns said it’s all part of the postseason package.

“It’s big-boy hockey,” Burns said. “Butr our guys are hanging in, sacrificing. That’s what playoff hockey is about.”

Kassian did not receive a penalty for his Couture hit. But the Oilers had plenty of other trips to the penalty box, which led to more and more frustration when the Sharks could not capitalize.

“We have to make them pay for taking liberties,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. “We didn’t tonight.”

The problem is only compounded when a team doesn’t. If you don’t score on power play after power play–after your opponent is whistled for penalty after penalty–then the opponent in question will keep taking risks with physical hits because of the feeling that there will be no consequences for yet another whistle.

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The Edmonton Oilers Express Their Feelings On The Eve Of Playoffs

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Going into the Oilers first home playoff game in 3,929 days, it was an enjoyable exercise Tuesday to take a tour of the room taking the temperature of the team that goes into Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks with a nine-game winning streak at home.

“What one word, one adjective, would you use to describe your feeling going into this series?” was the question your correspondent chose.

“Excitement,” said Cam Talbot.

“Nerves come into it a bit but I think for me it is more excitement than anything else. Everyone has been part of big games before and we’ve been playing playoff hockey for the past two week jockeying for position. I think if we just approach it as Game 83 of the regular season we’re going to be O.K. We don’t want to change anything going into it. We’ve been playing some good hockey of late. There’s no reason to change it just because it’s the playoffs now.”

“Excited” said coach Todd McLellan.

“It’s been a long time for our group, our organization and the city. We want guys to be relaxed and enjoy it. I know it’s going to be really noisy and a really exciting environment for the players to play.”

“Confident,” said Pat Maroon.

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