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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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Afternoon Line

The acquisition of Heatley makes me rethink the future in San Jose. Wilson looks more like a mad scientist running about the lab tossing chemicals into the beaker with little regard to their compatibility, or combustibility, for that matter. Oh, Doug said the Sharks did their homework - and then some - before acquiring Heatley. Really?

For a group that appears to need more leadership, grit and mental toughness, how is Heatley the answer?

-Jay Feaster at The Hockey News. 

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Sharks GM Will Lose His Job If They Experience Playoff Failure

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Now that Dany Heatley has been traded to San Jose, if the Sharks don’t reverse their long history of playoff failure, it will cost general manager Doug Wilson his job….

“We’re completely comfortable with the type of player Dany is, and more importantly, with the type of person he is,” Wilson told reporters. “There are often cases where players have asked for trades. ... Sometimes, it is best for everybody involved. We have zero concerns about that.”

What Wilson should be concerned about, however, is his job. The Sharks have greatly underachieved in recent years, even with the presence of Joe Thornton. They’ve been expected to challenge or outright win the Cup, but have faltered in the playoffs.

more plus other NHL topics, many of which appeared on KK in the past week.

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60 Goals For Heatley?

Craig Custance of the Sporting News in a Q & A with Ray Emery…

Q: When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate?
A: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.

Q: You think so?
A: Yeah, over 60 for sure.

Q: Over 60 goals? You’re calling it?
A: I’m calling it.

more from Emery

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Watch The Heatley News Conference

via NHL.com,

Dany Heatley, the newest member of the San Jose Sharks, will speak at an afternoon news conference today at 3:30 pm ET. The news conference will be aired live on the NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.

added 3:26pm, Watch the live stream below…

added 3:51pm, Conference over.

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Thornton & His ‘Dummy’

What do you think, does Joe have the talent or not?

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Will GMs Avoid NTC In The Future?

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

In the end, Heatley may have gotten what he wanted, but he paid a price that will forever tarnish his reputation and diminish his stock among GMs and especially coaches who will think long and hard about taking him, and players like him, into their ranks. He also created a sense among GMs and owners that they no longer have to play the role of victim and that the process must change. It’s a fairly safe bet that it will.

Don’t for a moment think that the next player who wants a big salary and a no-trade, no-movement clause will easily get it. Not without the name Dany Heatley being thrown back in his face.


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