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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Hitchcock doesn’t see the Sharks as simply a collection of All-Stars with unfathomable statistics. He sees them as an example of where the Blue Jackets need to get.
“We want to move from the middle of the pack to the next level, and the next level isn’t technical,” Hitchcock said. “It’s having more people engaged for longer periods of time.
“That isn’t something you talk about, or wave a magic wand and it happens. It’s something that takes a lot of work, a lot of adversity. We’re moving that forward. It’s not just being willing to pay the price to win. It’s understanding what the price to pay is.”
from Damien Cox at The Spin,
Although he’s been getting solid reviews for his coaching work this season with the severely undertalented Maple Leafs, Wilson has to be feeling the extraordinary success of the San Jose Sharks.
On one hand, many of the players that have powered the Sharks to the best record ever in the NHL history after 30 games were not only coached by Wilson and his assistants, Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, but taught their first NHL lessons by that crew.
Wilson still has ties to that organization, still talks to Sharks players, still discusses hockey matters from time-to-time with GM Doug Wilson. On the other hand, of course, the way in which rookie coach Todd MacLellan has guided the Sharks to such a powerhouse, 52-point showing so far is, to some degree, an indictment of that which Wilson couldn’t do.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Two injury updates from the morning skate:
Joe Pavelski could be in the lineup against L.A. on Monday night, but just in case he isn’t, the Sharks plan to call up another forward from Worcester. Nothing official yet, but Jamie McGinn would be a pretty good guess.
And Jeremy Roenick will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder tomorrow. That decision means he’s definitely going to be out of action longer than the three-week forecast given yesterday, but just how much longer won’t be known until the procedure is completed and the training staff knows what it’s up against.
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I wonder if the Sharks would attempt to bring up Claude Lemieux who would have to clear waivers first?
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com .
Never overlook the value of experience when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup.
History has proven that point time and again, so it’s an important element in the construction of the San Jose Sharks, who have been nearly unbeatable this season.
General Manager Doug Wilson acquired three players who have won the Stanley Cup, adding that tried-and-tested experience to a talent-laden roster.
And the fact all three are defensemen doesn’t hurt either. Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich were members of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, and Rob Blake won the 2001 Cup in Colorado. That’s an awful lot of experience on the Sharks’ blue line.
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from Jim Adams of The Union,
Brian Boucher is a back-up goaltender. He is designed to play the odd game to rest the starter. In all reality, he has become an icon of what has made the San Jose Sharks the best team in the National Hockey League season.
He exemplifies the type of attitude, grit, perseverance, and skill that has made this Northern California’s most successful team.
And although Boucher may be perfectly suited for warm-ups, he is exceptional when it comes time for the real thing.
It is tough to endure a career as a goaltender without a fair share of ups-and-downs, hits-and-misses, victories and defeats.
As the last line of defense, performance is magnified beyond any other player. Errors become more pronounced. Big saves become larger than life. Rarely is it a straight career path for the NHL goaltender. He may last a little longer, but there is no way to describe it other than tough and demanding.
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The Ducks know what it’s like to have the start that San Jose has had, because they tore through the first quarter of the schedule in similiar fashion during their Stanley Cup run two seasons ago.
Now the tables are turned. The Ducks will go into HP Pavilion on Wednesday night trying to take down a Sharks team that is 22-3-2 and 14-0-2 at home.
“The way they have been playing, I think we’re all anxious to see where we’re at,” right wing Teemu Selanne said.
San Jose has collected 46 points out of a possible 54, and it’s not reflective of a weak scheduling quirk: The Sharks defeated Stanley Cup finalists Pittsburgh and Detroit in consecutive games on Oct. 28-30.
via NBCBayarea, Off the ice, Sharks forward Joe Thornton takes strategy to a whole new level with the computer version of the game Risk.
thanks to SanJoseSharks.com for the pointer…
Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks participated in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q. Your departure from Tampa Bay was probably a little bit unpleasant at the time. Any regrets now?
DAN BOYLE: No, not anymore (laughter). Like you said, ‘at the time.’ I just signed a six-year extension, was planning to be there for a while. But certainly having seen the way some guys have been treated and what’s gone on so far, and the way on top of it I’ve been treated here, I have no regrets whatsoever.
Q. Why is San Jose better than Detroit this season?
DAN BOYLE: Well, I mean, our records are pretty similar. I think we have the edge so far. Honestly, depth I think is probably the biggest key. We have four lines, we have six D. When our top goalie Nabby got hurt, our backup goalie came in and did a great job. We’ve been lucky as far as health-wise, we’ve been pretty injury-free. You know, we’ll see. I mean, it’s a long season. We’ll see what happens. At the end of June, that’s what matters.
from Randy Hahn at the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
General managers, coaches and even players talk about keeping an even keel. Don’t get too excited with the victories and don’t get too down in the dumps when you lose. But what about the rest of us? Are we supposed to stay on an even keel too? For those of us who don’t have a financial stake in the team, the Sharks are ENTERTAINMENT! Why can’t we flip out a little that they’ve made all-time National Hockey League history with their incredible first third of the season?
I’m not talking about being front runners. I’m not saying that we should start drawing up the parade route around the Fairmont Hotel and Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park. I’m talking about enjoying the emotional rollercoaster that every NHL season is. And right now the Sharks are on top of the rollercoaster, so why not live it up a little?
from San Jose Magazine,
Last spring, the morning after the Detroit Red Wings—the team he was assistant coaching—won the highly coveted Stanley Cup, Todd McLellan called San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson to set up an interview for the head coach’s position. It was 6 a.m., and McLellan was running on only an hour of sleep after celebrating the Red Wings’ victory into the wee hours of the morning. Opportunity had struck, and he wasn’t going to waste a minute in advancing his career to the next level.
“It’s human nature for people to stay within their comfort zone,” he says of himself and the players he coaches. “I believe that the exceptional professional finds a way to elevate his way outside those limits.”
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