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Sharks/Canucks Trade

SAN JOSE, Calif.—San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Friday that the team has acquired center Patrick White and defenseman Daniel Rahimi from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.

“This trade speaks to the confidence we have in the young players coming up through our system who have earned the right to compete for a spot on this team,” said Wilson. “It also creates some flexibility in our team payroll for potential future transactions as the season progresses and adds two more talented players to our reserve list that can help this organization in the future.”

added 2:37pm, “We are pleased to be adding Christian and Brad to our defensive group,” said Mike Gillis. “Defence has been an area we wanted to add skill and depth to and this trade has strengthened our group considerably. We would like to thank both Daniel and Patrick for their commitment and efforts with our organization and we wish them both well in their careers.”

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All Evgeni Nabokov

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

On the Sharks lack of playoff success in recent years:

“For the last four years, this team has been built to win the Stanley Cup – legit, like we were right there every single year. But we were missing a little bit, something was going wrong all the time.

“Is this the most disappointing year? Maybe because there’s been three previous years where we lost and this was the last kick in the you-know-where. Where do we go? It’s all up to the management. As players, we have the same mentality – we’ve suffered for so many months and now it’s time to put it behind us and go on the ice again.

more plus how the Marleau rumor started…

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Thornton Talks Sharks

from Matt Burt of TSN,

...But despite all the noise about the captaincy (or lack thereof), Marleau said he was not under the impression he was on his way out of San Jose.

“It hasn’t been expressed to me that way so I can’t really speculate on what’s happening in the back but as far as I know, no, it’s not going to transpire that way,” said Marleau, who will make $6 million in this, the final season under his current contract.

Thornton defended Marleau’s tenure as captain and reasserted that, by the time the puck drops on the Sharks’ regular season on October 1st, there Marleau could very well be wearing that same “C” on his jersey once again.

much more on the Sharks…

added 9:42pm, from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Occasionally, when you think you’ve wasted a little energy and a lot of time chasing down a baseless Internet rumor, there turns out to be a payoff after all.

Like today and this quote from Doug Wilson: “Patrick Marleau has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause.”

That statement — more definitive than the Sharks general manager has been in the past — came in response to a question after this one sentence showed up on what appears to be the Orange County Register’s web site: “A proposed three-team trade that would have sent Ottawa’s Dany Heatley to San Jose fell through when Sharks captain Patrick Marleau refused to waive his no-trade clause.”

continued

added 9:51pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

One NHL source indicated yesterday the Sharks and Senators did discuss a possible deal for Heatley, but San Jose’s preference was to move former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo in any trade, another player who looks as if he needs a fresh start.

It appears as though Marleau is safe for at least another year. Not his captaincy.

much more from the first day of camp for Team Canada…

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What Will The Sharks Do?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

NEWS: San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson promises earth-shattering changes, then spends the summer doing almost nothing to his roster.

VIEWS: Perhaps he’s still waiting around to make a deal for Heatley. Perhaps Wilson’s decision to not make a bold move will prove to be disastrous for the Sharks. But there’s also the chance that doing nothing might be the best thing for him to do.

read on plus more topics…

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Nabokov Looks Forward, Not Behind

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Nabokov prefers to look forward, not backward. So what needs to happen next?

Hard work and patience, is his first answer. From everyone.

Beyond that?

“Well, it looks right now we’re pretty good at a marathon and not very good at the sprint,” Nabokov said. “So we’ve got to change that by being as good at the marathon and get better in the sprint. That’s what it comes down to.”

more

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THN Ranks San Jose #1 In The West

from The Hockey News,

The defending Presidents’ Trophy winners, despite their inability to cash in in the playoffs, are a good bet to repeat as regular season champs after a summer of little roster turnover. Look for sophomore bench boss Todd McLellan to have his troops better prepared for the stretch run, where they struggled badly in 2008-09.

more on all the teams and where they rank for the regular season…

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All Joe Pavelski

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Q: What’s your reaction to the organization’s decision to look for a new captain?

A: If Patty loses his ‘C’, obviously, he’s going to feel it more than anyone. He’s going to be asked more questions about it. [The playoff exit] wasn’t just his fault. I blame myself just as much as anything for something like that. In the game you need a supporting staff. I’m just as responsible for it as he is. We didn’t get the job done this year. I assume there’s going to be change when that happens. This is a new step. The team is going to have to roll with it. There are no captains right now. Someone will be named the captain, but it’s going to be collective. Everybody needs to step up.

read on

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Afternoon Line

They could give the C to Joe Thornton or Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski on a permanent or rotating basis (bet on them taking the latter route), but simply stripping it from Marleau is a meaningless gesture. Nothing really changes.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated.  More on the Sharks, plus Canucks and Bertuzzi/Wings talk too.

added 3:17pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re not sure what to think about Todd Bertuzzi this summer.

Our natural inclination is to say we wouldn’t want him on our team. Bertuzzi’s body of work, now at age 34, just has not lived up to his overall deficiencies as a player. He still takes way too many minor penalties, and tends to be a minus-player who doesn’t bring a lot of intangibles to the table.

But if Red Wings GM Ken Holland likes him enough to bring him back to Detroit for next season - as he did Tuesday with a one-year deal - maybe we should be rethinking our opinion of Big Bert. There aren’t any smarter management groups in the NHL than what they have in Detroit.

more and numerous NHL topics discussed as Mark returns from his vacation.

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Sharks Without A Captain At This Point

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

“Who will be our captain? Who will be our assistants? At this point I can’t give you that answer?

You can’t or you won’t?

“I won’t and I can’t,” McLellan said. “I want to see who’s stepping up to the front. When training camp starts on Sept. 12, you may walk into my office and say who’s your captain and I’ll probably tell you I’ll let you know when we know.

“At this point, nobody’s our captain,” he said. “We don’t have assistant captains. The discussion is ongoing and when we determine that, then we’ll make those announcements.”

McLellan would not totally rule out the possibility of the C ending up back with Marleau — but it has been made pretty clear for weeks now that the front office and/or coaching staff wanted a change.

more

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Talking Strength & Conditioning

from MaxGiese of SharksPage,

The 2009-10 season will be Mike Potenza’s third year as the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He is responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs, including the creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players….

Max Giese: Who are some of the players that have spent the majority of their summers with you in San Jose?

Mike Potenza: Some of the guys like Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo live out here and stay throughout the summer. Then there are guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Torrey Mitchell who have made the commitment to spend their time here this summer. I actually wanted to talk to those three young players about spending the summer here in San Jose, but all three took the initiative and grabbed me first and asked me if they could train with me in San Jose during the summer. Which is just awesome.

read on

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