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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.

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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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Marleau On The New Captain

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Maybe the place to start is with the former captain. How was he feeling about the transfer of power to Rob Blake?

“It’s a good thing,” Patrick Marleau said. “They were looking for a change and there are some pretty good guys now wearing the letters. That being said, there are still other guys in the room that need to lead as well.”

And he does include himself in that group.

“If anything we’ve learned from years previous that it’s going to take a lot more guys stepping up at different times and at key times. It’s just a way of changing things, changing the look and pulling things together.”

Joe Thornton, who ends up getting the A back that he lost earlier this summer, said he didn’t see his role any differently with Blake as captain than it was with Marleau. And he called Blake “a perfect choice.”

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Captain Rob Blake

via the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks have named Rob Blake as their captain for the coming season. Joining Blake in official leadership roles are alternate captains Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.

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Sharks Need Both Depth & Heart

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

The Sharks were exposed last season as a team with insufficient depth and insufficient heart. As much as savaging Marleau, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski might have sustained the angry fan base during the six-game drain-piping by Anaheim, the more profound structural problems had to do with the lack of roster options for head coach Todd McLellan.

Put simply, the second, third and fourth lines and the third defense pairing were persistent non-producers that had to play because the franchise’s minor-league team in Worcester had no storehouse of NHL-ready-to-wear players. Thus, non-producers and injured players played anyway, and as the season progressed, the erosion became a major obstacle to playoff success.

Sure, the underachievements of Nabokov, Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, et al., hurt to the point where you end up with an offseason of doubt, recrimination and blame delegations that only the Warriors could truly appreciate.

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Evening Line

“He played the fewest amount of games last year that he played in a long time, so I don’t know if he’s any better for it. I don’t’ know if we have to manage Nabby’s minutes. What we have to manage is the results and the effort. I’m not even sure if we have to manage that. He has to manage that.”

-Sharks Coach Todd McLellan on goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.  More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Ray Ferraro On Dany Heatley

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Heatley’s first roommate in Atlanta back in 2002, and now a TSN analyst. Turns out Ferraro had a lot more to say than what ended up in the story and Emmons passes the rest along for fodder here. Without further ado, here’s more of what Ray Ferraro had to say about Heatley:

On Dany Heatley’s image around Canada: “Much of the stuff written about him personally, is inaccurate. Now, you can disagree with his decisions — asking for a trade and then turning down the first one. You can say that’s the modern athlete and you probably wouldn’t be wrong. But it doesn’t change that Dany’s a good person and has a good heart.”

Describe Heatley’s mentality: “He’s far more competitive than you might think from his outward appearance. Off the ice, he’s the kind of guy who takes five minutes to walk five feet. He goes at his own pace. On the ice, he loves to score and he will do whatever is required to get himself in that position.

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All About The Captaincy In San Jose

from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press, T

he letter is just a thin piece of embroidered fabric, a couple of inches long. It doesn’t look like anything special when pulled out of an equipment-room drawer.

But when stitched onto the uniform of a designated Shark, the ‘‘C’’ will be positioned on the upper left chest, right over the heart - fitting because a hockey captain is expected to have a huge one.

No sport has created a greater mythology around the role of captain. In other leagues, the position is a mostly honorary title like the players who handle the pre-game coin flip duties in football.

In hockey, it means something.

‘‘It’s always been that way and it always will be because our sport is different,’’ said Sharks defenseman Rob Blake, who was a longtime captain with the Los Angeles Kings. ‘‘There needs to be an ultimate voice in the room that everyone else responds to, and it belongs to the captain.’‘

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Sharks Sign Manny Malhotra

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed center Manny Malhotra.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Malhotra, 29, recently finished his 12th NHL season, posting a career-high 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) and as a plus-nine with the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He also finished fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage among those who took at least 700 face-offs) at 58.0%.  He took 1380 face-offs last season, 13th most in the NHL. 

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