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from the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
I also think it doesn’t really matter what happens to Marleau after he goes, since it seems that the key thing right now for the Sharks is merely that he goes.
For chemistry. For a dressing room kick start. For the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sure, the Sharks won their second in a row Sunday in a shootout at Pittsburgh to steady their No. 5 playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Sure, once it gets home, this team could suddenly get hot and Marleau could be the igniter.
But Marleau was a ghost again Sunday. He wasn’t on the ice when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the team’s only regulation goal, which meant Marleau maintained his mind-boggling plus/minus mark of minus-21.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
What could Wilson possibly obtain for Marleau this week? You trade someone at the peak of their value, not the nadir. When the inconsistent Marleau does show up and play in first gear, he is better than anyone the team could get for him in return right now.
Because did you notice? The other day, Coach Ron Wilson made a point of saying that the team definitely missed Marleau after he had been out four games with a groin injury. The coach and the captain are circumspect in talking about their relationship. But it’s fair to say there is a distance between them. Ron Wilson has not criticized Marleau by name, but also has not praised him. Last week’s remark may be a good sign. The coach’s future with the Sharks probably hinges on whether Marleau emerges from Funkville.
Because the guess here is, Marleau still will be on the roster Wednesday.
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via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled center Mike Iggulden from the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, San Jose’s top development affiliate.
Iggulden leads Worcester in points, goals and assists, having notched 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games. He is also tied for second on the team with six power play goals. He was Worcester’s lone representative at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game where he played for the Canadian team.
In a related move, the Sharks have placed center Patrick Marleau on injured reserve with a groin injury.
from Media News,
The NHL trading deadline has become the most active in pro sports. Dozens of players change jerseys in the days leading up to the final point where general mangers can shape their rosters. As many as 46 have switched teams on the last day alone.
“It’s the most exciting time of year,” said defenseman Craig Rivet, who came to the Sharks from Montreal two days before the 2007 deadline. “It’s the working engine of the NHL. It makes things interesting. Teams are trying to get better. Teams are trying to sell players off, looking into next year.”
The weeks leading up to the deadline are filled with trade reports, magnified in the Internet era with speculation often masquerading as fact. The deals that do get done? Few see those coming, including the players involved.
read on about the Sharks need for a dman…
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Olaf Kolzig turns 38 the week the playoffs begin, and the longtime Washington Capitals stopper is finally showing his age. Among the 45 goalies who have appeared in at least 20 games this season, Kolzig ranks dead last – 45th – in save percentage, at .884. His 3.07 goals-against average is also near the bottom of the league.
While Kolzig’s stats suffer somewhat due to a still inexperienced defense corps in front of him, the truth is, he’s played far better with far worse bluelines in past years.
more and some Nabokov & Vokoun talk too….
from Eric Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times,
“We’re not satisfied with how we’ve played,” (Doug) Wilson said during the second intermission from the press box high above the ice. “We’re playing on about two-thirds of our cylinders.
“You’ve got to truly be functioning on all cylinders because that’s the difference between the really good teams and the teams that are right below that.”...
Wilson didn’t point fingers. He didn’t have to. The numbers did that for him, fingering Marleau and Cheechoo as the biggest culprits in the team’s scoring dip.
“We haven’t changed our style of play,” Wilson said. “We were second in the conference in goals last year in the Western Conference. And we actually added more offense to the team.
“Maybe it’s because a few of our players haven’t created the offense that they normally do. ... We know that that will come.”
from Media News at Inside Bay Area,
Jody Shelley often has a hard time explaining what exactly he does for a hockey team. Talking to kids especially can leave him tongue-tied.
“When I visit elementary schools, that’s always the first question — ‘Why do you fight?’” Shelley said. “I’m always like, ‘Well, uh, you shouldn’t fight. Fighting is bad. And don’t you do it. But I fight to help my teammates.’”
“You know, it’s not an easy question to answer.”
from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
...while Ron Wilson wanted to get a look at Shelley in practice before saying when he thought he’d be playing, the coach did sound as if he likes the idea of the added toughness in the lineup.
“When teams try to push us around and rough us up, we’ve got some artillery — a nuclear weapon,” Wilson said. “The guy will step out there and we’ve heard nothing but good about Jody being a team player. We’ve seen the damage he can do in the past.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Thornton prefers to take the half-full view of the Sharks, noting that nothing is ever won in January; that Cheechoo was showing signs of life just before the break after a slow start recovering from abdominal surgery. As for Marleau, it is hard to imagine a player who’d averaged more than a point a game in each of the two post-lockout seasons, could have as poor a finish as he did a start to the year.
“I know Patrick and Cheech are going to get going,” said Thornton, who was finally re-united on a line with Cheechoo just before the break.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for left wing Jody Shelley, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.
added 10:07pm, via the San Jose Sharks,
“Jody Shelley is an aggressive, physical player who adds a distinct element of toughness to our team,” said (Doug) Wilson. “With the loss of players like Ryane Clowe and Brad Norton due to injury, this is something we have been trying to address and we like the capabilities that Jody brings to our mix of players. He has tremendous character, has always been a team player and has the ability to make the opposition uncomfortable on the ice.”
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