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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.
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.
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.
from Working the Corners,
Many players and some fans believe that the ice conditions would improve if the Sharks were willing to turn the thermostat down. Management is concerned about the complaints from other fans that it was too cold inside and they were no longer comfortable.
I talked with Rich Sotello, the vice-president for building operations, about that. Here’s what he had to say.
“We like to run a constant temperature because guests that come into the building are used to a certain thing and obviously the president (Greg Jamison) is very much in tune with what fans want,” Sotello said.
from the Calgary Sun,
Making him even more sluggish in his fifth NHL season was the double-hernia surgery he underwent last spring. Cheechoo had tears on both sides of his abdominal muscles, where they attach to the groin, and doctors went in and repaired everything at once late in May.
Undergoing the operation three months before training camp had a significant impact on Cheechoo’s training.
“I run a lot during the off-season, and I wasn’t able to run at all this off-season,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do anything real heavy until probably the last part of August.
“Coming in, I had a little bit of time to make up.”
Cheechoo is now attempting to overcome the cranial side of his slump.
Maybe it will happen on the Sharks’ four-game trip that begins today in Los Angeles. Maybe that’s when Evgeni Nabokov will lose his standing as the only NHL goalie to start every game this season.
“We’ll be coming off the Christmas break and then we’ve got to play four games in six nights with really only one practice in there and a couple pregame skates,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said earlier this week. “That’s going to be difficult and I’m going to really have to monitor that.”
More than likely, Wilson added, backup goalie Dimitri Patzold gets his first start on the road.
Or maybe not.
from the Mercury News,
Los Gatos police arrested San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe early this morning on suspicion of drunk driving, officials said….
“I am embarrassed by what happened but take full responsibility for this regrettable mistake,” Clowe said in a statement released by the Sharks. In it, he apologized to his teammates and fans for the incident. Clowe also noted that he violated a team policy on drinking and driving that says the team will reimburse players for the cost of a cab if they drink too much to drive.
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson issued a statement saying that while the organization is “extremely disappointed,” Clowe “has stepped up and acknowledged that he made a serious mistake and is preparing to take responsibility for his actions.”
via the Mercury News,
(Doug) Wilson isn’t ruling out anything if the situation continues. But he wouldn’t set a timetable for action other than the obvious one - the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Wilson said his team’s success on the road overshadows its problems at home. It shows the Sharks are capable of winning in unfriendly environments where the other team gets the final move on line matchups. And in the playoffs, that matters.
In fact, Wilson said, he might be quicker to act on the current situation if the team were winning at home and losing on the road.
from the Mercury News,
Just as the Sharks were supposed to begin practice Friday, they instead headed off the ice and right back to the locker room. And for two hours they talked.
At the prompting of General Manager Doug Wilson, the players held a closed-door, marathon meeting without the coaches present as they tried to sort out why a trendy pick to compete for the Stanley Cup continues to perform below expectations.
Consider this your official confirmation: Nobody is happy in Sharksland….
Nabokov and several other players declined to give specifics about what was said. But they indicated that Doug Wilson talked to the team first and then the floor was opened for the players to speak their minds about a team that has been inconsistent and sometimes lacked competitive fire.
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from Working the Corners,
The stakes weren’t as high. This wasn’t Game 4 in a second-round Stanley Cup series against Detroit. But the pattern, well, it fit — give up tying goal in last minute of third period, lose in overtime.
Don’t think that wasn’t what Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov — and others –had on their minds Thursday night after the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix.
“It’s tough to be in this position. It almost sounds funny, that we have to learn from our mistakes, but it’s happened too often,” Nabokov said. “I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest with you. It sucks to lose that way, to lose the point.”
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