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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
But this year, GM Doug Wilson opened the Sharks’ wallet to add Dan Boyle and Rob Blake, both of whom have previously won a Stanley Cup championship. For Thornton, the presence of that pair makes a night-and-day difference in the team’s attitude and approach.
“As a left-handed shot, having two righties on the power play is really going to help me,” said Thornton in an interview. “Blakie is so solid and Boyle skates like the wind. They’re explosive. They’re going to be a huge difference for our team, two defencemen that can play 25 to 30 minutes a game.
“If you look at who’s won the last two years, Detroit with Lidstrom and Anaheim with Niedermayer and Pronger. It’s nice for us to have two guys like that now that can play in every situation. We haven’t had that before.”
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Rich Hammond has a poll up at Inside the Kings and it looks like LA fans will not be greating Rob Blake warmly.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that tryout player Jeff Friesen has been released from the Sharks 2008-09 training camp.
“Jeff had a very good camp and he should be proud of his effort and his commitment,” said Wilson. “However, at this time, we are moving forward with our 23-man roster as announced yesterday. We wish Jeff nothing but the best in the future and he will always have a special place within the San Jose Sharks family.”
from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Johnathan Cheechoo will score 35+ goals.
Jerome Iginla will almost singlehandedly drag Calgary to the Northwest Divison title.
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins won’t go back to the cup final, Montreal will in the east.
The Sharks will meet Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs, Anaheim in the second round and Detroit in the Conference Final.
For the San Jose Sharks ownership group, the 2008-09 NHL season will see the club’s player payroll hit record levels. While team revenues may have trouble keeping up with the expenses, the Sharks owners are more than happy to provide the bankroll to keep a group together that has the potential to reward them with a Stanley Cup championship.
“Hockey is not a business for those looking to make a lot of money,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “Our ownership group is committed to seeing a Stanley Cup parade in San Jose.”
The San Jose Sharks assigned defenceman Kyle McLaren to their minor-league affiliate in Worcester on Wednesday after no NHL teams claimed the 12-year NHL veteran on waivers.
McLaren, who spent the past 4 1/2 seasons with the Sharks, was waived Tuesday in a move to create salary-cap room. The oft-injured veteran is due to make US$2.5 million this season, but he didn’t fit the Sharks’ plans after the club added defencemen Rob Blake, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to a young defensive core including Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Doug Murray.
“Kyle is an NHL player,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “He has the ability to play for many more years in this league, and it just didn’t work out with us for whatever reason.”
from Dan Rusanowsky of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
“I don’t just want a hockey player, I want an ingredient,” is one of the things that he (Todd McLellan) said on the air. That tells me that he is considering the versatility and the ability of his guys to react to unforseen circumstances. It also says that he is looking for individuals to fill certain roles with the team, which provides a structure within his encouragement of free-wheeling creativity.
Today, he said, “At this point in the season, the words ‘Stanley Cup’ aren’t part of the vocabulary. The process is.” In other words, you have to crawl before you can walk, within the time frame of the regular season, and with the establishment of a foundation, players achieve success.
much more on the Sharks…
“I think we need to give him some breathing room right now to see if the change is going to affect him positively or negatively. We’re going to find that out within the first month and from there we’ll have a plan which way to go from.
“I really believe Patty Marleau is going to have a really good year. I think he’s excited about a fresh start and we have to let that evolve a little bit. I can’t be in his kitchen on an hourly basis. We have to let him breathe and let him play his game.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Patrick Marleau. More on Marleau by David Pollak at Working the Corners.
from the San Jose Sharks,
Team Teal wasn’t quite up to snuff in the first two periods, falling behind 3-0 and taking way too many penalties. They rallied in the third with an impressive final stanza, but it was too little too late.
“The team wasn’t prepared and it’s squarely on my shoulders and on the leadership’s shoulders,” said McLellan. “We had a little discussion between the second and the third. We had to manufacture a moment to get them going and that was unacceptable.”
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Joe Thornton is the NHL’s most prolific passer, having paced the League in assists for the third consecutive season while leading the San Jose Sharks to the Pacific Division title last season.
But Thornton’s value to the Sharks is more than just the numbers he puts up. Opponents had to figure out a way to try to shut him down for an average of 21:23 per game last season – more ice time than any other forward who spent all season in the division.
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