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from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,
The Sharks are among the best in the West, but not by so much that they don’t have teams they want to avoid come the playoffs. And toward that end, they have some standings manipulations to consider between now and that start of the real regular season in four weeks.
Here’s what they want to do. Finish second. Not first, or third, or anywhere else. Second. And only if they can somehow be confident that Calgary won’t try to finish seventh just to spite them.
San Jose is in an interesting stage of its season - the one in which it wins about 170 percent of its games and looks as good as a team possibly can.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
There isn’t a hotter team in the NHL right now than the San Jose Sharks and they don’t sound like they’re done winning, either….
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Thornton, named the NHL’s third star Monday after putting up seven points in four games last week, said on a league conference call.
“Really everybody is just playing really good hockey,” he added. “We don’t have have one thing necessarily that’s going incredibly well, we’re just playing every game real solid. Good defensive hockey. We’re getting production from our second, third and fourth lines. And obviously the acquisition of Brian Campbell really helped as well.”
from Working the Corners,
Ron Wilson talked afterward about how his captain must feel as if a weight has been lifted off his shoulder because the trade deadline passed and, despite mutliple rumors to the contrary, Patrick Marleau was still a Shark. Part of Wilson’s remarks were generic on the negative vibe that trade rumors can have on a player. But he also too a specific shot at one writer in particular:
“I’m surprised the one guy who makes the most stuff up isn’t over here. He’s run for cover tonight,” Wilson said. And though he mentioned no one by name, it was a pretty obvious reference to Bruce Garrioch, who was covering the game for the Ottawa Sun and probably in the Senators’ locker room at the time.
more on the Sharks…
from the Ottawa Sun,
(Ron) Wilson disagrees with Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray that the game is played differently in the West and the officials allow more to go. “I would wonder how (referee) Wes McCauley could call a game different with a Western Conference team than if he was refereeing games in the East?” asked Wilson. “Those guys are distributed evenly throughout the league, so how can you have a guy saying, ‘Oh, I’m in the Western time zone, so I call games differently.’...
read on and some Brian Campbell talk too…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
continued plus more NHL talk…
via Sports Network,
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.
Wings lose the game 3-2. I was at the game and saw the play. When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.
On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…
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from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,
The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.
San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.
Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.
The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.
from Working the Corners,
(Joe) Thornton also told about seeing Campbell in a New York restaurant at the start of this road trip. That story got out to the national media when Campbell mentioned it at his phone conference call. But he didn’t mention how Thornton jokingly called Campbell over to the table where the Sharks were dining and asked the Buffalo defenseman if he’d like to be introduced to his new teammates. The man’s a prophet as well as a points machine.
more on the Sharks…
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