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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.
from David Pollak of Working The Corners,
A team rep has said that (Kyle) McLaren is 100 percent healthy and the veteran defenseman has practiced every day. But he did not take part in any of the three scrimmages.
McLaren and I exchanged pleasantries today. He was his usual cooperative, totally friendly self. But when I asked about why he had skipped the scrimmages, he smiled and offered up only a two-word response: “Ask Doug.”
Before I could do that, Coach Todd McLellan held his post-practice chat with the media so I also asked him about McLaren’s status. McLellan called it “an organizational decision” — and also referred me to the GM.
via the San Jose Sharks,
Sharks center Torrey Mitchell sustained a complete non-displaced Tibia/Fibula fracture (two lower leg bones) in a practice session this morning according to Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. The injury is commonly known as a Tib-Fib or Boot Top fracture.
The time frame for Mitchell’s return to the ice is approximately eight weeks
from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
The biggest storyline for the Sharks is not how many games they’ll win, ( they’ll win a lot) but it’s when will they win them (as in April and May). Here are the other big storylines for the Sharks this season.
PATRICK MARLEAU-Can the Captain continue his strong play from the playoffs and start the year off with a bang? Can he maintain a consistent leadership presence on and off the ice all season? Can Patrick get to a new level with a different and more positive coach backing him?
more question yet to be answered…
The San Jose Sharks have bolstered their scouting departments with a pair of faces that should be very familiar to hockey fans.
On Saturday the Sharks added former Maple Leafs’ general manager John Ferguson Jr. and former Chicago Blackhawks coach Dirk Graham to their staff as professional scouts.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Every team is unbeaten. Coaches are sleeping well at night. Every draft pick looks like a keeper. It’s training camp, and here are some few things to consider for the upcoming season:
Does Jumbo Joe Thornton have to change the way he plays (i.e., get into the traffic more or be a little nastier) to win a Stanley Cup?
All those 90- and 100-point regular seasons are swell, but guys who rack up points yet don’t win often don’t get enough votes for the Hall of Fame.
many more things to consider…
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Kyle McLaren got back on the ice this week — skating, checking, shooting — for the first time since leaving Game 5 of the Sharks’ opening round playoff series against Calgary with a groin injury.
The good news is that McLaren says he feels very comfortable on the ice, that a summer divided between rest and working out had the desired effect of getting him back into shape for the coming season.
The big question, however, is whether his NHL future is with the Sharks or elsewhere.
from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
“You can’t rely so much on your size and getting in the way of forwards anymore,” Blake added. “You have to be quicker. I’ve had to change my game, and you’re never too old to learn new things. I worked really hard in hopes of increasing my speed a bit.”
Blake told Wilson last week that he should have come to San Jose a few years sooner.
“I said, ‘Yeah, you should have,’ ” Wilson recalled. “But we’ve got him now.”
more on Blake…
“We’ve been a very good team in the regular season the last two years,” said Grier. “But we’ve had our bumps and hit the wall in the playoffs, for some reason.
“We have playoff experience and now we’ve got some guys who have won Stanley Cups. Now maybe a little fresher approach or a different approach will help us get over the hump.”
-Mike Grier of the San Jose Sharks. Read more from Grier and many NHL topics from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
When Bryan McCabe goes to Florida, assuming his regression ends there, he joins a defence that includes emerging star, Jay Bouwmeester, and solid veterans Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton. The Panthers could be a playoff team in the East
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
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