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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Should Wilson end up making such a request in the coming days, weeks, even months, Thornton leaves you with the impression that it wouldn’t matter anyway. After he and fellow longtime Shark Patrick Marleau inked extensions back in January, he claims it is his desire to remain in a San Jose jersey for the remainder of his hockey life.
“That’s my plan,” he said. “I signed a three-year extension (worth $20.25 million US) last season in the intent to finish my career as a Shark.”
Even if other teams make a grand pitch to woo him?
“Yes, that’s still my intent (to stay),” he said....
After an internet item last week suggested the Leafs were again looking at the Sharks forward, colleague Terry Koshan immediately received a question from a fan during a Toronto Sun Live Chat about a possible trade scenario involving Thornton. It wasn’t the first time Jumbo Joe’s name has come up in such speculation - and it certainly won’t be the last.
“It’s flattering, sure, that other teams would want to trade assets to acquire me, for sure,” Thornton said. “It’s just like any employee who works for Ford and GM wants you. It’s flattering. That’s the way I look at it.”
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
“It’s one of those things where he jumped me in the first and didn’t give me a chance, so I was kind of just returning the favor,” Scott said. “I asked him to fight. The situations were eerily similar, so that’s what leaves me scratching my head.”
Of course, Jackman also strangely went after Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic earlier in the third period, and that was on Scott’s mind as well when he legally came off of the bench and made a beeline for Jackman in the neutral zone.
“We obviously got up 3-0, 4-0, and they took liberties with our guys,” Scott said. “That’s where I come in, man-to-man with their tough guy and we settle it. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, the way it’s always been done and it didn’t quite work out that way.
“[The referees] should have taken care of it earlier when he went after [Vlasic]. They should have kicked him out of the game, but if the refs don’t take care of it, that’s kind of my job. I’ve got to stick up and do my job.”
If you missed the altercation, watch it below...
NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 120 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $17,073.18. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.
With 10:08 left in the 2nd period and Sharks up 2-0 on Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf and Mirco Mueller I do believe tried to fight...
With 9:42 left in the 3rd period and San Jose up 3-0 on Anaheim...
With 7:02 left in the 3rd, Sharks up 4-0...
... Sami Vatanen embellishment...
from David Pollak of Working The Corners,
The tone in the room depended on who was doing the talking. Nobody wanted to label the Sabres one of the NHL’s weak franchises, though that’s undoubtedly true. Points don’t lie.
“The fact that they’re 1-7 when they came in? If you look at their lineup they’re a pretty good lineup. A lot of skill and a lot of speed,” Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “If you look at their record, obviously it’s embarrassing that we lost but they play well. Just by looking at their record, 1-7, we shouldn’t have lost this game. But, they’re a hard-working team and they play a good system, and we were too late on waking up in the third.”
Likewise, Logan Couture wanted to focus more on the Sharks than the opposition when asked if it stings more because that fourth consecutive defeat involved Buffalo.
“I think it stings that we lost four in a row. I could care less what the Buffalo Sabres are doing right now,” he said. “The San Jose Sharks have lost four straight games, two at home, and haven’t played well.”
from Jamie McLellan of TSN,
Right now, Quick is the best in the game at tracking pucks. A lot of times when we talk about a goalie who is 'seeing the puck well,' this is exactly what we mean. It's his ability to find pucks through bodies, arms and any other traffic jams that are going on in front of him. We all know of his flexibility, his lateral movement and his competitiveness. He's putting it to good use by finding pucks other goaltenders are unable to track consistently right now.
Coming into the season, we knew Anaheim was deep in goal. But all the talk was of John Gibson and his ability to be a No. 1 keeper. Lost in the shuffle was Frederik Andersen's ability and skill set. Not only did he show people what he's capable of, but Andersen also joined former Boston goalie Ross Brooks as the only two goalies in NHL history to win 25 of their first 30 career starts.
Andersen has started the year 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, improving to 25-5 in his short career. And he already has a shutout to his credit, blanking the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19....
Antti Niemi is always under fire as a weak link for the Sharks. He has a Stanley Cup from a season when people believed that Chicago outscored his issues in the playoffs. His stumbles in last year's playoffs - as well as in the 2011-12 postseason - didn't help his cause. But his regular season consistency is always there and it's hard to criticize someone who had 39 wins last year and has started the year 3-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout. He has put up regular season dominance behind a great regular season team.
more on each group...
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Ten random thoughts on the Sharks...
There hasn’t been a single player more noticeable from shift to shift than Brent Burns, and it sure seems like no one on the ice has their stick on the puck more than Burns through the first five games other than maybe Joe Thornton. He’s obviously done some good things so far with seven points, but he’s also gotten caught out of position several times, has had some nervous moments while defending in open ice, and is just so unpredictable out there. I know his transition back to D in a work in progress, and I noticed Burns having a long chat with Jim Johnson at the pregame skate in New Jersey, but the Sharks seem like a much more dangerous team with him at forward. Maybe they give it another couple weeks, but I bet the Sharks end up putting the “wrecking ball” back where he belongs – up front on Thornton’s right side.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.
“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”
Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...
During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”
Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”
Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.
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