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Here Comes Heatley

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, Injury, meet insult.

If the beaten and bedraggled Edmonton

Oilers can lift their faces out of the muck long enough, they’ll look up and see Dany Heatley tonight.

The same Dany Heatley who held the organization’s pride hostage for 30 uncomfortable days last summer. The same Dany Heatley who has a league-leading 18 goals for the league-leading San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers took a terrible PR beating for publicly kowtowing to a guy who never wanted to come here, for letting their own guys twist in the wind for a month while giving a petulant winger the keys to their dignity.

And now, as they stumble around rock bottom searching for their fifth win in 17 games, along comes the prima donna on the first place team who said ‘I told you so.’

Perfect.

This is like running into an ex-girfriend a month after she dumps you—she’s holding hands with a Tom Cruise-looking fighter pilot and you’re asking if they’d like fries with that.

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Game Of The Night Turns Into A Dud

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Marian Hossa era has officially begun. And by the looks of things, it could be something special for the Blackhawks.

The veteran winger made his debut with the Hawks on Wednesday night and helped them thoroughly dismantle the San Jose Sharks 7-2 in front of a crowd of 17,562 at HP Pavilion….

“It was a bonus to score two goals,” said Hossa, who played his first game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. “I was looking to try to get into game shape and try to make good plays, keep it simple. Who would say we’d beat them 7-2? We played a great game overall. It’s huge.”

more on the game…

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Dr. Rob Blake

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Sharks Get A Double Dose Of Injuries

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Actual news today: Both Brad Staubitz and Devin Setoguchi will be out of the lineup tonight.

For Staubitz, it’s because of an injury during a very lightly attended practice yesterday as a puck struck him hard on the right side of the face below the eye. It happened as he was trying to screen goalie Thomas Greiss when defenseman Jason Demers took a shot….

For Setoguchi, the problem is a recurrence of the same leg injury that caused him to miss seven games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Todd McLellan said Setoguchi would be day-to-day and it was too soon to know the extent of Staubitz’s injury; he remained here with the team and will be examined back in San Jose tomorrow.

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Example Of Non-Traditional Market- San Jose

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Most hockey fans would agree that the sport belongs more in Canada than California, but count me out of any discussion that warm-weathered U.S. cities aren’t good for the NHL.

However, the league would be wise to get out of dodge in select sunny sites where puck support is weaker than conservative backing for health-care reform bills.

Don’t say goodbye to Hollywood (or Tampa Bay and Dallas), but bid adieu to Phoenix, Atlanta and South Florida.

Fox Sports Pittsburgh Penguins analyst Bob Errey agreed with me this week when I suggested San Jose, where he served as the Sharks’ first captain, was the model for how the NHL should have viewed placing teams into nontraditional markets.

Too bad the NHL failed to follow its own lead.

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Skates, Skates, Skates

It is all about skates with San Jose Sharks Equipment Manager, Mike Aldrich.

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Senators Owner Wants His ‘Heatley Bonus’ Money Back

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

It’s payback time for Eugene Melnyk.

Sun Media has learned the Senators owner was so furious with being forced to shell out a $4-million bonus to Dany Heatley, who refused to accept a trade to the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, he has filed a grievance asking for his money back…

It’s believed Melnyk not only claims the decision by Heatley to kill the deal cost him $4 million, it also hurt the club’s ability to sell season tickets because of the uncertainty in the Senators camp.

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New Or Same Story For The Sharks

from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle, .

..And finally, there is Todd McLellan as the monotoned narrator who has decided that sugar-coating the bad stuff is bad for their diets. He is less afraid to name names and point fingers, and is becoming less a player’s coach and more a coach of players. He lived last year’s book, a seemingly brilliant bit of work that ended in a shambolic mess, and he knows of the books published before him, so he’s more likely to be Doctor Buzzkill than Doctor Feelgood.

In all, it’s a different set of characters than all the other Sharks volumes because the characters after the top three or four are being written as younger, less distinct and open to interpretation. Some may end up being surprisingly important figures when the shooting starts, others may end up as corpses in the background.

And maybe the slow buildup leads to a better ending. Or not. The one thing we’ve always known about the Sharks is, they never know how to finish a good book.

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Despite Broken Thumb, Boyle Continues To Play

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

A few times this season, I’ve asked Dan Boyle to talk about his game, wondering frankly if he sees some of the same deficiencies that others, including his coach, have and what the explanation might be. The last time, Boyle talked a little, then politely suggested I ask again in a couple weeks.

I asked again today. Turns out Boyle has been playing this season with a broken thumb on his right hand. It’s healed to the point he’ll talk about it now.

“I don’t want to use it as an excuse so I didn’t want to say anything, but it is what it is. I’ve been playing with a broken thumb for a month and a half,” Boyle said. “I’m looking forward to being healthy again and I’m definitely feeling better than I have in about a month. It just sucked it happened.”

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Sharks Look Good Again

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Coming off an impressive 4-1 win at Philadelphia that concluded a 4-2 Eastern road trip, one has to wonder just how good is this year’s edition of the San Jose Sharks? Certainly, the great expectations are there—both within and outside the organization. But once again the question is: can they live up to them?

Although the cloud of consistent postseason failure hangs over San Jose, on so many other levels the Sharks might just be one of the true success stories in the NHL. They are a perennial top team, always in the discussion of the league’s elite.

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