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In the Alberta Deep Freeze

From the Canadian Press,

NHL star Joe Thornton is walking through the freezer that is Alberta without a winter coat.

The San Jose Sharks centre, in Edmonton for an NHL game on Tuesday night, had on gloves and a toque but wore only a sports jacket when he and his teammates went to Rexall Place for the morning skate.

“He was telling everybody that he threw away his winter clothes when he moved to California,” said team media relations manager Tom Holy.

continued… and take note: factoring in wind chill it’s running about -44 (celsius) in Calgary and -51 in Edmonton. 

I really do not miss living in the prairies…  smile

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Sharks Good But Have Room For Improvement

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

San Jose is among the league’s elite teams at 27-15-2-5, with remarkable team defensive play and Thornton’s usual playmaking brilliance in front of a workhorse goalie enjoying a career year. Yet the Sharks’ offensive struggles and lackluster home record have left even some players feeling that the club with the NHL’s third-best record is somehow underachieving.

‘‘I think we all realize we’re not even close to playing the way we want to,’’ said veteran defenseman Craig Rivet, whose steady play and off-ice leadership have been among the Sharks’ biggest assets. ‘‘We’ve got much more work to do in the next three months or so before the playoffs. We’ve got a lot to get done.’‘

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Nolan Calls His Goal

from the Calgary Herald,

“Top corner, bar and in,” grinned Jarome Iginla, Nolan’s present-day teammate with the Calgary Flames and an NHL rookie at the time. “Yeah, I remember it. It was great. It was nice to see. He was calling his shot. I think Hasek had made some pretty good saves on him before that and he was saying, ‘I’ve got you this time.’ And he did. It was pretty cool. A good way to finish off a hat trick.”

“It was great,” said Nolan. “First of all, it’s an honour just to play in an all-star game. And to be able to score a goal during it and then get a hat trick in front of the home crowd? It’s too hard to explain. It was a great atmosphere when that third goal went in, I honestly thought the roof was coming in. It felt like an earthquake.”

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Morning Line

Sharks coach Ron Wilson via Working the Corners,

“What’s going to happen if you don’t win that game? Now we’re the underachieving team again. Last week we were rated #1 team in hockey . . . It’s all a bunch of …

“Geeze, you win a few games, you lose a few games — it’s part of life in sports. It’s where you are at the end of the year. They don’t hand out awards for where we are today, tomorrow — it’s only at the end of the year and what you do in the playoffs….”

Wilson continues...

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Scouts In San Jose

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Normally, I like to think I’m above stirring things up with the kind of baseless trade rumors that permeate the hockey world. So I’m not doing that. Really.

What I’m about to do is mention two things. The first is something you probably don’t know, the second is something you might know – especially if you’re a stats geek, peruse every comment here or read the early edition of the Merc.

Here’s the first: Scouts from Montreal, Florida, Boston and the New York Rangers have been on the press box list for the past two games at HP Pavilion. And anyone who does hang out at various trade rumor web sites knows that at least two of those teams – Montreal and Florida – have been linked to the Sharks over the past couple months.

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Sharks Face The Wings Again

from the Mercury News,

Sharks Coach Ron Wilson waited about 20 minutes into Friday’s practice to deliver his message.

He gathered players around him on the ice, then began talking in a forceful, but measured tone about their inability to beat the Western Conference’s top teams. He cited the little things that cost them in the previous night’s loss to Dallas. Then he shifted the focus to tonight.

Repeat that kind of performance, he said, and the Detroit Red Wings leave with the two points. The players heard him loud and clear.

“We’ve done well against all the teams that we should beat and the top teams have kind of taken it to us,” rookie center Torrey Mitchell said. “We’ve got to find a way to do better against those guys.”

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Wilson & Marleau Must Work It Out

from the Mercury News,

Ron Wilson has not been hesitant to criticize Marleau - usually indirectly in postgame remarks about his line or vague “players” who weren’t sharp. Marleau has kept his mouth shut publicly about that. But he has to be gurgling inside after some of those remarks.

Here’s the truth: Marleau and Ron Wilson are the Lennon and McCartney of the Sharks. If this team is going to make sweet postseason music, it needs them to collaborate. Otherwise, our beloved Los Tiburones are going to drop off the charts faster than Vanilla Ice did. Right now, Doug Wilson seems inclined to let Marleau and his coach work out their issues as mature adults should. Keep an eye on that. If their relationship doesn’t lose its obvious sour taste, there could be a new recipe. With new ingredients.

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Don’t Expect Joseph In San Jose

via Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I nosed around a little this morning and found this out : The Sharks did have conversations at one point with Cujo’s agent. But that was as they were getting ready to place backup Dimitri Patzold on waivers in order to send him to the minors and bring up Thomas Greiss. Once Patzold cleared waivers and the Sharks knew their goalie stable was still full, the talks ended. Had the Sharks lost Patzold to another team, those Cujo conversations might still be ongoing.

Coach Ron Wilson even joked about the Cujo rumors in talking with reporters — including the Toronto media entourage — at this morning’s skate.

“If Cujo comes and wants to sit on the bench for 40 games, he can come,” Wilson said, expressing further confidence in Evgeni Nabokov’s ability to carry a heavy load. “I don’t think that’s what he wants.”

added 6:14pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN both the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers have made last minute inquiries into Curtis Joseph’s plan to return to the NHL.

New York’s Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals on 18 shots in a 6-2 Rangers loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.

Lundqvist has struggled of late going 2-5-2 in his last nine games after impressively recording six shutouts in his first 29 games.

Toronto’s interest may speak to the uncertainty of Vesa Toskala’s health, or the potential of a Raycroft trade that would make room for Joseph’s veteran presence.

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Curtis Joseph Talk Down To Two Teams

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Interest from at least five teams is believed to have been narrowed to two with Curtis Joseph contemplating the resumption of his NHL career in either San Jose or Calgary.

Sources tell TSN both the Flames and Sharks are keenly interested in bringing the 40 year old goaltender on board, with Joseph expected to make his decision this weekend, if not sooner, perhaps as early as today.

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Sharks Take A Chance

via the Mercury News,

The Sharks took a calculated risk Monday and placed little-used backup goalie Dimitri Patzold on waivers.

If no team claims him, Patzold will report to San Jose’s minor league affiliate in Worcester, Mass. But he could go to another NHL franchise without any compensation for the Sharks.

“We hope not,” Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said, noting that Patzold needs to play more in this stage of his development than he has as Evgeni Nabokov’s backup. “We believe in our goaltenders and we believe they don’t improve by not playing.”

When Patzold was sent to Worcester in late November on a conditioning assignment, he did not have to clear waivers. That was no longer an option under NHL rules.

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