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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
NEWS: San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson promises earth-shattering changes, then spends the summer doing almost nothing to his roster.
VIEWS: Perhaps he’s still waiting around to make a deal for Heatley. Perhaps Wilson’s decision to not make a bold move will prove to be disastrous for the Sharks. But there’s also the chance that doing nothing might be the best thing for him to do.
read on plus more topics…
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Nabokov prefers to look forward, not backward. So what needs to happen next?
Hard work and patience, is his first answer. From everyone.
“Well, it looks right now we’re pretty good at a marathon and not very good at the sprint,” Nabokov said. “So we’ve got to change that by being as good at the marathon and get better in the sprint. That’s what it comes down to.”
from The Hockey News,
The defending Presidents’ Trophy winners, despite their inability to cash in in the playoffs, are a good bet to repeat as regular season champs after a summer of little roster turnover. Look for sophomore bench boss Todd McLellan to have his troops better prepared for the stretch run, where they struggled badly in 2008-09.
more on all the teams and where they rank for the regular season…
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Q: What’s your reaction to the organization’s decision to look for a new captain?
A: If Patty loses his ‘C’, obviously, he’s going to feel it more than anyone. He’s going to be asked more questions about it. [The playoff exit] wasn’t just his fault. I blame myself just as much as anything for something like that. In the game you need a supporting staff. I’m just as responsible for it as he is. We didn’t get the job done this year. I assume there’s going to be change when that happens. This is a new step. The team is going to have to roll with it. There are no captains right now. Someone will be named the captain, but it’s going to be collective. Everybody needs to step up.
They could give the C to Joe Thornton or Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski on a permanent or rotating basis (bet on them taking the latter route), but simply stripping it from Marleau is a meaningless gesture. Nothing really changes.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated. More on the Sharks, plus Canucks and Bertuzzi/Wings talk too.
added 3:17pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
We’re not sure what to think about Todd Bertuzzi this summer.
Our natural inclination is to say we wouldn’t want him on our team. Bertuzzi’s body of work, now at age 34, just has not lived up to his overall deficiencies as a player. He still takes way too many minor penalties, and tends to be a minus-player who doesn’t bring a lot of intangibles to the table.
But if Red Wings GM Ken Holland likes him enough to bring him back to Detroit for next season - as he did Tuesday with a one-year deal - maybe we should be rethinking our opinion of Big Bert. There aren’t any smarter management groups in the NHL than what they have in Detroit.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed as Mark returns from his vacation.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“Who will be our captain? Who will be our assistants? At this point I can’t give you that answer?
You can’t or you won’t?
“I won’t and I can’t,” McLellan said. “I want to see who’s stepping up to the front. When training camp starts on Sept. 12, you may walk into my office and say who’s your captain and I’ll probably tell you I’ll let you know when we know.
“At this point, nobody’s our captain,” he said. “We don’t have assistant captains. The discussion is ongoing and when we determine that, then we’ll make those announcements.”
McLellan would not totally rule out the possibility of the C ending up back with Marleau — but it has been made pretty clear for weeks now that the front office and/or coaching staff wanted a change.
from MaxGiese of SharksPage,
The 2009-10 season will be Mike Potenza’s third year as the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He is responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs, including the creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players….
Max Giese: Who are some of the players that have spent the majority of their summers with you in San Jose?
Mike Potenza: Some of the guys like Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo live out here and stay throughout the summer. Then there are guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Torrey Mitchell who have made the commitment to spend their time here this summer. I actually wanted to talk to those three young players about spending the summer here in San Jose, but all three took the initiative and grabbed me first and asked me if they could train with me in San Jose during the summer. Which is just awesome.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group II restricted free agent goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Greiss, 23, appeared in 57 games for the Worcester Sharks (AHL) during the 2008-09 regular season. He posted club records for wins (30-24-2 record) and goals-against average (2.47) along with a .907 save percentage and one shutout. He also set a Worcester franchise record making 16 straight starts (1.90 goals against average).
“After a tremendous season in Worcester and an outstanding playoffs, we are excited to have Thomas under contract for the next two seasons,” said Wilson. “His development towards becoming an NHL goaltender has continued to progress. We were very impressed with the work ethic and dedication he has put forth and the results have shown in his play.”
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed Group III unrestricted free agent goaltender Henrik Karlsson to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Every once in a while we come under fire for our work. That comes with the job. Every one of us has been called on the carpet by our superiors for transgressions on the air. In those situations it’s usually because we were harsh and negative about the Sharks. We have never been told what to say but we are reminded that we have to strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and positive exuberance for all things teal. We are reminded we are not journalists. To be smart and don’t insult the intelligence of the fans but at the end of the day the people should know who you work for. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s hard to cover the parade when you are marching in the band.
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