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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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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Sure, Roenick polarizes people in hockey circles to a degree few other NHLers have in the league’s history. Even the THN offices has its share of J.R.-loathers; when we caught wind of his looming announcement last week, there weren’t many tears being shed for a player whose best on-ice years ended when his stint as a Philadelphia Flyer did in 2004.
But focusing on the guy’s theatrics and dismissing his contributions because you believe all hockey players ought to be brainless drones with zippers for mouth-holes is a convenient way to overlook the stunning array of on-ice achievements that should make Roenick a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
In his heyday with the Chicago Blackhawks, Roenick put up two 50-goal seasons and three 100-plus point campaigns. He played in nine all-star games, two Olympic tournaments, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He retires as the league’s third-best American-born amasser of both goals (513) and points (1,216) and is the NHL’s 39th-best point-producer of all time.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
I do have it on good authority that there won’t be any big-time distractions between now and 11 a.m. Thursday, so don’t hold your breath on those Dany-Heatley-to-San-Jose rumors leading anywhere just yet.
I also have it on good authority that Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t at all happy with the efforts in some parts of the media to portray him as a hockey exec who promised there would be major changes and has yet to deliver on that promise. Some of those same stories have suggested that means the pressure is on him to up the ante for Dany Heatley and do it in a hurry.
more on the Sharks and J.R….
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...
via Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Citizen,
A league source said Tuesday in Toronto that Dany Heatley will be traded to the San Jose Sharks “in the next two days”.
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