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Versus/Directv Update - Nothing New

David Pollak and some members of the Sharks organization had a chance to talk with Bill Daly today…

Tonight’s Sharks game is a Versus-only telecast, which means, of course, that fans who subscribe to DirecTV won’t be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms. Bettman has been on record before, urging fans to write both the network and the carrier to reach a new contractual agreement. Essentially, the league is a business partner with each, but doesn’t have the legal wherewithal to force a settlement and can only lobby from the outside, not sit at the table.

“Unfortunately, we’re still at status quo,” Daly said when asked about where things stand. “The league office has made significant efforts both with Versus and DirecTV to try to break the logjam and try to move towards sensible ground. The good news is, the parties continue to talk, they’re exchanging drafts, but in terms of forecasting a resolution, at this point there’s no good news to report.”

more and other topics discussed with Daly…

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Teaching Our Youth

from USA Hockey,

In our first episode you’ll hear Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles - effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes.

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How Will Heatley Respond?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Let’s see how San Jose Sharks left winger Dany Heatley handles this delicious new career challenge. With the Sharks’ power play stuck in an early season slump, coach Todd McLellan bumped Heatley down to the No.2 unit for last Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Predictably, the move to reunite last year’s top unit of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi paid immediate dividends as the Sharks went an efficient 2-for-3 with the man advantage, with Thornton turning in a virtuoso performance. Heatley, remember, demanded a trade of out Ottawa last season after his role was “diminished” by Senators’ coach Cory Clouston, in part because he was shifted to the second power-play unit.

Since pouting in his new NHL home is not a viable option, Heatley’s patience – and the ability to bite his tongue – will be put to its first test of the new season, as the Sharks’ six-game trip continues tonight in Manhattan, against the streaking New York Rangers.

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Heatley’s Dad Speaks

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

“The press this past summer in Canada has been vile,” the elder Heatley said. “They’ve been toxic.”

He talked about a double standard in Ottawa, where nobody seemed troubled in 2005 when the Senators signed forward Marian Hossa to a three-year, $18 million contract and traded him the same day to the Atlanta Thrashers for, coincidentally, Dany Heatley.

“That’s all fine, because that’s business as usual,” Murray Heatley said. “But when a player is not happy in a situation and he asks to get out, it’s ‘Oh, how could he do that, that ungrateful guy. Doesn’t he stick to his word?’ “

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A Motivated Marleau

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Speaking of Marleau, I floated the notion past Todd McLellan that his former captain actually seems faster, or maybe quicker this season than a year ago.

“I don’t know physically if he’s gotten bigger stronger, faster,” McLellan said. “I just think he’s a very determined individual right now — and that might make him a lot quicker than any of the work he did in the gym this summer.”

more on the Sharks…

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Brad Staubitz Gets One Game Suspension

TORONTO (October 8, 2009) – San Jose Sharks forward Brad Staubitz has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #32 against the Los Angeles Kings, October 6, the National Hockey League announced today.

Staubitz was assessed a minor penalty for charging Kings player Davis Drewiske on the play, which occurred at 13:24 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Staubitz will forfeit $2,590.67. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 3:21pm, Watch the hit below (you’ll get a better view of the hit near the end of the video)...

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Pavelski Out A Couple Of Weeks After Minor Procedure

via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Coach Todd McLellan said this morning that Joe Pavelski has undergone a minor procedure for a lower body injury and is expected to be out a couple weeks.

The injury occurred at 2:30 of the first period when Pavelski blocked a power play shot from the blue line by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Sharks forward did not leave the game, skating 28 shifts for a total of 19:21 in ice time.

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Todd McLellan Feels The Pain Too

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Like a lot of NHL teams these days, the San Jose Sharks are mindful more than ever of the importance of the paying customer. To that end, the Sharks annually put staff and players into the community, to hand-deliver season-ticket renewals prior to the start of training camp.

For Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan, the exercise had a secondary value beyond its public-relations value. It helped him put the finger on the pulse of what the average Sharks fan was thinking. And yes – all that anti-Joe Thornton, anti-Patty Marleau sentiment that swept the NHL in the aftermath of their opening-round upset playoff loss to the Anaheim Ducks was also deeply rooted in San Jose, the anti-Phoenix, one of the few markets in the NHL’s U.S. expansion that has been a success story right from the beginning.

“My pain individually is one-year pain,” said McLellan, who began his second season behind the Sharks’ bench Thursday night, by absorbing a painful 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “For the fans and other people in the organization, it’s longer. So when you go out in the community, you can sense a frustration level. I think the lightning rods – fairly or unfairly – are always Marleau and Thornton. They’re the two best players on our hockey club, so that comes with the territory.

continued plus many more NHL topics…

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Ottawa Owner Speaks-Out On Heatley

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Melnyk wants to put the controversy behind the Senators, who open the season tomorrow in New York against the Rangers, he conceded the situation left a “sour taste” in his mouth and would advise anybody against signing players to front-end-loaded, long-term contracts.

After signing Heatley to a six-year, $45-million contract extension in October 2007, and shelling out more than $14 million to him in the last 12 months — including a whopping $4-million bonus on July 1 — Melnyk found it disrespectful.

“I spoke directly across the table, with (Heatley) and his agents,” said Melnyk. “When you make that type of commitment to a player where you front-end load a contract, you expect, just as a human being, when you shake somebody’s hand — never mind a 130-page contract — that they will be reciprocal to it. That’s my biggest disappointment. These people, I mean just as human beings, (shouldn’t) do that to anyone.

“Yes, it has left a sour taste, but you’ve got to forget about that. You learn from it and you’ll never do it again. I guarantee you, anybody else out there should be aware this can happen to (them) if the other side is not genuine.”

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Sharks Coach Not Happy After Loss To Avs

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

“The performance was disappointing, very disappointing,” McLellan said, singling out some of his top-end talent in particular. “We have some world-class athletes on our team and they didn’t play like that.”

And asked to assess the performance of his goalie, who gave up all five goals on the first 14 shots he faced, McLellan said only that Evgeni Nabokov is “one of the players that I consider world-class.”

Not that the 5-2 loss rests on any one player, but Nabokov was someone I obviously needed to talk with after the game, especially after what McLellan has had to say the last few days. To his credit, the goalie was totally accessible.

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