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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
...But at the top of everyone’s What Will Happen list: San Jose and the long-awaited changes after yet another post-season paroxysm. Teams around the league will be waiting for the first fin to drop before signing or trading further players. But what, really, do the Sharks and GM Doug Wilson have of value?
Patrick Marleau pops to mind immediately, but his trade value is limited.
The big bomb that some want right away may not have occurred, but there have still been plenty of adjustments taking place.
“We’ve already made some changes,” said Wilson. “There are seven or eight players (notably Mike Grier, Marcel Goc, Travis Moen) that already won’t be coming back, so we’ve made a level of changes there.”
Plus there could still be more to come.
“Are we pursuing some discussions that may lead so some trades, absolutely,” noted Wilson. “I share this with everybody, I think this is a society of instant gratification. ‘Let’s make all these changes right now.’ That’s not really how it works. It’s been busy with a lot of phone calls. We’re entering into another phase of our team building time.”
added 8:05pm, from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the Vancouver Sun,
The Sharks are currently pushing the salary cap limit of $56.8 million US for the 2009-10 season, but their only major long-term commitment is to Boyle, who will make an average of $6.7 million per season until 2014.
If the Senators were willing to take back most of Heatley’s salary in the form of another player or two — Marleau has one year and $6.3 million remaining and Jonathan Cheechoo has two years and $6 million left — there could be room for a deal. (With Heatley and Alex Kovalev currently on the books, the Senators are approximately $2 million over the salary cap, but NHL teams have until September to get under the number).
It all makes a degree of sense and cents. If something was done with the Sharks, Murray would be forced to sell the fans on the merits of an underachieving, overpaid player or two, but that wouldn’t be all that different from the potential Edmonton deal as the Senators would have been taking on Dustin Penner.
from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
Marleau, who has been a lightning rod for criticism, said he and Wilson have talked about if he should remain the team’s captain.
“We’ve discussed some things and I’m waiting to see how that unfolds,” he said. “But I’ve told Doug that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get this team to the next level.”
Both Nabokov and Marleau said they have not been asked by Wilson to drop the no-trade clauses in their contracts. But Nabokov said he would if the G.M. requested it.
“If the organization wants me to leave, I will leave,” Nabokov said. “I would never stay with an organization that didn’t want me.”
from the CP via TSN,
The San Jose Sharks have signed center Scott Nichol, adding veteran depth to their changing lineup.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,
With shock waves now dissipated from the NHL shake-up that always occurs during the free agent signing period, there are situations around the league that surprise me:
1. The San Jose Sharks have not tweaked their roster. I never believed the team was going to trade Joe Thornton. But after another playoff collapse, I fully expected the Sharks to make a trade to change their look and placate fans Given their cap situation, a trade was their best option. But GM Doug Wilson hasn’t yet made a move.
continue for four more situations…
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Today’s hint of what’s to come: Look for the Sharks to acquire someone to fill the role of fourth-line center as early as Friday, no later than early next week. The goal is to bring in someone with a much grittier style of play than Marcel Goc or Tomas Plihal. Let the speculation begin.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Blake to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Blake, 39, finished his 18th NHL season in 2008-09, recording 45 points (10 goals, 35 assists) in 73 games with San Jose. He finished eighth among League defensemen in shots with 198 and tied for 16th in points. Blake recorded his 500th NHL career assist on Jan. 9 at Edmonton, placing him 22nd all-time for assists amongst NHL defensemen. He was selected as the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” for November, leading all League defensemen for the month with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists).
“Rob’s performance this past season speaks for itself,” said Wilson. “He’s a true professional, a leader that has been a captain in the League and still plays at an elite level. The way that he carries himself day-in and day-out is something that every player in our locker room should try to mirror.”
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed Group III unrestricted free agent defenseman Kent Huskins to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Kent played an important role on a Stanley Cup winning team and knows what it takes to win,” said Wilson. “He is a player that can play in all situations and does whatever is necessary to get the job done on this ice.”
SAN JOSE – Forward Claude Lemieux today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey at the age of 44. One of the most successful NHL players in the history of the League, Lemieux won four Stanley Cups and is one of only eight players to win hockey’s greatest prize with three different teams (Montreal, 1986; New Jersey, 1995 and 2000; Colorado, 1996).
“I want to thank my former teammates from my entire career for all of their support,” said Lemieux. “I feel very fortunate that I was able to have a career like I had. There have been many great NHL players who did not get the opportunities to win that I had. I played for a long time but it went by so very fast.”
According to TSN, Kent Huskins has re-signed with San Jose Sharks, 2 years, $1.7 million per year.
Link not yet available.
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The team signed the 39-year-old defenseman to a one-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million next season, according to a team source. Blake would have become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
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