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Since 2005-06, the Sharks have failed to advance beyond the Conference semifinals, falling in six-game series to the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars.
It was that postseason failure that forced general manager Doug Wilson to fire Ron Wilson as head coach, replacing him with Todd McLellan, who earned his spurs as an assistant coach with the defending Cup champion Red Wings.
McLellan’s first order of business will be to mold these playoff underachievers into the genuine contender they appear to be on paper. He’s had no previous head coaching experience in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if he can transfer the Cup-winning lessons he learned in Detroit to San Jose.
Wilson also addressed a long-time need for experienced puck-moving defensemen during the offseason by acquiring Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and signing former L.A. Kings captain Rob Blake.
from David Pollack of Working the Corners,
• The Sharks have awhile before they need to get under the cap, but Wilson hinted Wednesday another transaction may be in the works. He didn’t say it would be a cap-related move, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what it turns out to be.
And the likelihood a trade grew out of Wilson’s golfing vacation in Scotland earlier this month with Detroit’s Ken Holland, Chicago’s Dale Tallon and St. Louis’s Doug Armstrong?
No clues at this point, Wilson said, but we could have the answer in about a week.
• The Sharks new coach had his first meet-and-greet with the Sharks fan base on Wednesday at HP Pavilion. About 50 people showed up for autographs and photos inside the team store during the 90 minute session.
I’m thinking that if the event were held in Detroit, even in an off-season that didn’t follow a Stanley Cup victory, it would have been more of a mob scene rather than the trickle that showed up downtown.
• Hedican is also skating at Sharks Ice this month, but both he and the Sharks are making it clear that a training camp invitation has not been extended. For now at least.
from Roger Ross at SanJoseSharks.com,
Sharks fan favorite Jeff Friesen will return to San Jose as a tryout player when Sharks training camp begins Sept. 20 at Sharks Ice at San Jose…
“I’d love to end my career here,” said Friesen, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with New Jersey. “But first things first and I have to take advantage of the opportunity.”
From the San Jose Sharks:
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Marc-Edouard is one of the top young defenseman in the game and we are excited to have him in to fold for the next several years,” said Wilson. “He has a tremendous future with this franchise and we look forward to watching his continued development.”
from Roger Ross at San Jose Sharks.com,
Roenick already had done some on-camera work, listing previous appearances with “Hack” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and this week he will begin shooting a scene in “Leverage”, a new TNT production.
So how does a full-time NHLer plan on being a future full-time actor?
“I’m good friends with producer-director Paul Bernard and he wants to turn me into an actor when I’m done with hockey,” Roenick said. “He and his brother Tom are big producers in Los Angeles.”
from Advanced Imaging Magazine,
Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic has completed a state-of-the-art high-definition live sports control room at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year….
The TV Magic installation encompassed the relocation of the arena’s existing A/V control room, scoring video system, and coaches’ video-review equipment. The newly upgraded facility is designed to support live broadcast, production, and post-production in state-of-the-art high definition quality. It also includes the first-ever high-definition in-house multichannel cable system for targeted advertising throughout the HP Pavilion.
from Working the Corners,
Do not be surprised if the Sharks announce a contract extension soon for defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who is now scheduled to become a restricted free agent next July. Talks with his agent are under way and, so I hear, going well.
Finally, since I know many of you missed the short item in the paper Tuesday on the re-signing of Ryane Clowe, here’s what his agent, Paul Cobeil, had to say about the fact no contract was signed until months following a handshake agreement between Clowe and Doug Wilson in the GM’s office.
Cobeil pointed out that the handshake took place when Clowe was still in rehab. And having played only a handful of games, it was “tough for him to bring the numbers for a bigger contract.”
As for Clowe’s decision to take a one-year deal, Cobeil said that made the most sense because he expected both the left wing and the team to have more success this coming season.
more on the Sharks…
From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,
With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.
Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”
With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed left wing Ryane Clowe to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Clowe, 25, was limited to 15 games due to a knee injury he suffered in Columbus on Oct. 29. He returned to the line-up with only four games remaining in the regular season and finished with eight points (three goals, five assists).
In the 2008 playoffs, Clowe finished tied for the teams goal scoring lead (five) and his nine points was ranked second on the Sharks.
—via press release
from Ryan Garner of the Vallejo Times-Herald,
Two months from the start of the NHL season I’m trying to see the logic in the San Jose Sharks’ recent offseason moves, but I just can’t.
Crafting a Stanley Cup-winning team carries a high degree of difficulty; almost as difficult as touching your ear with your elbow. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson deserves credit for molding a competitive roster, but his latest moves indicate a growing sense of desperation that could have adverse effects on the franchise for years to come….
In short, when you consider what the Sharks have given up to stabilize a defense that wasn’t the team’s most pressing need to begin with, Doug Wilson took the incredibly long way around to make the team worse down the road, limit his salary flexibility, and sacrifice more of the future in pursuit of the Sharks’ first Stanley Cup.
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