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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Earlier this month, local investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio sealed a deal to purchase a large chunk of the Nashville Predators. He and eight Tennessee businessmen will take over the team next month.
Then came last week’s stock-option backdating fraud conviction of another Sharks owner, Silicon Valley executive Greg Reyes. Barring a successful appeal, Reyes almost certainly will be forced to divest his considerable share of the team. The NHL has taken such action in similar cases, following fraud convictions of former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and former New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar.
Sharks fans, of course, care much more about backchecking than backdating. And they wonder if any of this will affect what they see on the ice this season, or into the future.
from the Mercury News,
Center Mark Smith remains the lone Shark from last season’s lineup without a new contract, but his agent said Thursday that San Jose put an offer on the table and money isn’t the big sticking point.
It’s playing time.
“San Jose is such a strong team at forward and at the center position that it limits his opportunity to play an expanded role,” agent Brian Feldman said from his Michigan office. “We’re just trying to find an opportunity where he’d have that expanded role.”
from the Courier,
In another way to give back to the community that supported him so well during his days as a Waterloo Black Hawks player, San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski has been conducting the Joe Pavelski Hockey School this week at Young Arena.
More than 50 budding hockey stars signed up to spend eight hours a day with Pavelski, who is providing them with on-ice and on-land training.
“He’s been great,” said West High freshman-to-be Taylor Harris. “He makes sure he spends some time with everybody helping them in one way or another.
“It’s been really fun doing a whole bunch of skating and learning new techniques.
“Plus, it is going to be really cool to go to school and tell everybody I hung out with an NHL player for a week.”
from the Daily Pilot,
Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.
from the San Jose Sharks,
The new San Jose Sharks Primary Crest, joined by eight supporting marks, is both a reimagination and a tribute to the original triangle logo used since the team’s inception in 1991. The updated crest incorporates more Pacific Teal, the primary color of the Sharks, and emphasizes speed, strength and determination. Smith, the designer of the original Sharks logo, created the new marks over an 18-month period in conjunction with Sharks players and front office.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Two men — one of them a San Jose Sharks draft pick — are lucky to be alive after their plane crashed south of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Saturday, killing the pilot….
Warrant officer James Warden said it took about 10 minutes to get through the dense bush, carrying medical equipment.
They hadn’t even spotted the wreckage when they heard one of the men responding to their call for survivors.
The voice belonged to Glenn Olson, a left-wing free agent with the NHL’s Sharks, Warden said.
from the Mercury News,
Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson knows that a segment of the fan base is frustrated because he hasn’t signed any free agents this month.
He can live with that.
“I love it when people are talking hockey. They should,” Wilson said this week. “And I think that it’s wonderful that they care about their team.”
Does he share their frustration, often vented on the Sharks’ Web site?
“No, not at all,” he said. “This hockey team is poised to be a very good hockey team for a long period of time.”
PJ at Sharkspage sent me an email late last night notifying me of this…
The San Francisco Chronicle laid off Sharks beat writer Ross McKeon, who has been covering the team since 1991. Also, Sharks beat writer Victor Chi is on the list of 31 San Jose Mercury News employees who were laid off on Monday.
click to Sharkspage to read more on this. As many of us know, the newspaper industry is struggling these days and many papers are making these types of tough decisions…
from the Mercury News,
After securing the biggest piece of their future Sunday, the Sharks could have a follow-up soon.
“They’ve made me a great offer,” free-agent TV analyst Drew Remenda said Monday. “I want to give them a definitive answer by the end of this week.”
Remenda left his highly visible spot with the Sharks last year to be with his family, working on Canadian network TV and on local radio in Saskatchewan. Family concerns remain an issue - Drew and wife Michelle have a daughter in high school and twin sons in grade school. He said the deal wasn’t quite to the all-but-done stage.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
“Joe Thornton is among the top group of elite players in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “In addition to his play on the ice, Joe leads by example and has as much love for the game as anyone I have seen. Making sure Joe remained in San Jose was a top priority and he will be an integral part of our franchise as we march towards our goal of competing for the Stanley Cup next year and for years to come.”
Update 12:29pm ET:
The San Jose Sharks announced Sunday that the club has signed centre Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season.
The deal will pay Thornton $7.2 million a season.
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