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I have had a few emails asking me what team would be getting Marleau in a trade. I respond, relax, he isn’t going anywhere…
from the Mercury News,
If the sides cannot strike a deal during the summer, Marleau said he is willing to continue negotiations during the season. Some players have used the start of the season as a cutoff date for contract talks.
“If you’re talking and if things are going in the right direction, I guess it makes sense to keep talking,” Marleau said.
The downside of not reaching an agreement is the Ryan Smyth scenario. Edmonton traded Smyth, the heart of the franchise, at the trade deadline because contract talks collapsed as the clock was winding down.
“I understand what you’re saying, but I think we’ll have a good grasp of the situation way before that,” Marleau said. “Also, Edmonton was out of the playoffs, and I don’t see ourselves being in that position.”
from the Mercury News,
But the arrival of the NFL and Major League Baseball less than 15 miles from HP Pavilion could cause economic headaches for the South Bay’s lone major sports franchise.
Most sports fans don’t have unlimited amounts of money for tickets and merchandise, and could find it just as easy to spend it on the A’s and 49ers instead of the Sharks, though academic analysts say that shouldn’t be a major concern for the NHL team….
Sponsorships could be the area in which the Sharks are most vulnerable.
Though the situation is improving, the team’s sponsorship income still isn’t where it was in 2004 when the NHL canceled its season because of a labor dispute. And sponsorship provides 15 to 25 percent of his team’s revenue, Jamison said.
The Sharks should expect their sponsors to be courted by other pro teams that relocate to the South Bay, said Paul Staudohar, a professor of business administration at Cal State-East Bay.
from the Mercury News,
The Sharks have raised prices in all categories for season and single-game tickets. The most expensive tickets showed the greatest percentage increase, with fans in the lower bowl, in general, facing a bigger bump than those farther away.
read on for the prices…
from Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
Thanks to my FoxSports.com gig, I’ll be following up my post-playoff analysis of the Sharks with an interview with GM Doug Wilson (thanks also to the Sharks media relations folks for helping to set this up and PJ from Sharkspage). This is where you, the reader, comes in. I’m going to arm myself with questions from fans, so if you’ve got a question for Doug, leave it here in the comments.
from the AP via Ft.Wayne.com,
Ron Wilson will return to coach the San Jose Sharks next season, general manager Doug Wilson said Tuesday after another week of self-evaluation and soul-searching for the playoff underachievers.
Ron Wilson and assistants Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler will get another chance to coax postseason success out of the Sharks despite a second-round playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings last month. The postseason exit - culminating with three straight losses - infuriated Doug Wilson, apparently prompting the GM to consider major changes to his winning club.
“This coaching staff will be back, and I’ll look forward to the work we’re going to do,” Doug Wilson said.
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
If Ron Wilson is on the verge of getting fired as Sharks coach, that’s news to Greg Jamison, team president, chief executive officer and the person who manages San Jose’s ownership group.
General manager Doug Wilson only has the authority to recommend such a change, a decision that would ultimately be made by Jamison. And since the possibility of dismissing a coaching staff that signed multi-year contract extensions in November 2005 has not come up, Jamison isn’t expecting any bombshells before the GM’s self-imposed Memorial Day deadline.
“I don’t think that there’s an indication he (Ron Wilson) wouldn’t be here,” Jamison said.
from the AP via the Mercury News,
Saying he’s “frustrated and disappointed” with the end of an otherwise successful season, Doug Wilson plans to decide by next week whether coach Ron Wilson will return to San Jose next season.
“I have not had a feeling like this since I’ve been here,” said Doug Wilson, the former Chicago defenseman who has molded San Jose’s remarkable talent pool into a perennial winner over the past three seasons.
“We’re not going to sit idly by. That’s not what good teams have historically done. ... There will be changes. I’m not going to say, ‘OK, everybody will take this experience and be better by September.’ We will not do that. We’re trying to win Stanley Cups, and we’re trying to build a great organization.”
from The Eagle Tribune,
Jumbo Joe & Co. were blanked 2-0 in deciding Game 6 at the Shark Tank on May 7 - a familiar score if you know Thornton’s recent postseason history.
Hard to imagine, but re-signing Thornton after next season could be a risky move for San Jose. In the salary-cap era, what ultimate worth is tying up a potentially $8-million-a-year man to a long-term deal - one who can give you a point-a-game, but can’t lead you to victory come May and June?
San Jose finding the positives from losing to the Wings…
from the Mercury News, -
-You’d be amazed how easily a player’s day with the Stanley Cup can end with a brawl and an arrest at a strip club. No worries here.
-Ron Wilson can watch “The Sopranos” on Sunday nights. What if the Sharks had a game to play and Wilson had to record it and not watch until Monday or even Tuesday? And what if someone on the radio revealed a spoiler as Wilson was driving to work? No telling how salty he might get then.
from TBM at NBC Sports,
In other words, the Sharks need to grow a set, and I don’t mean teeth.
What the San Jose does have in abundance is depth, at almost every position. GM Wilson has made astute moves before, but now is forced to question the very foundation of his group, and wonder if it’s good enough to win the big prize.
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