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Strong Preseason Doesn’t Mean Much

From David Pollack at the Mercury News,

But before anyone gets too excited about how San Jose’s 5-0-2 record should translate into regular-season success, consider: The Sharks went 7-0-0 in the 2005 preseason only to stumble badly once the games counted. So badly that during a 10-game losing streak in November, General Manager Doug Wilson broke up his core group of players in the trade that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose.

OK, maybe that wasn’t so terrible after all.

Still, it’s not about wins and losses in the exhibition season.

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Ozolinsh Now Motivated

from the Mercury News,

Finding a new home in the NHL was Ozolinsh’s goal when he began training over the summer, and he gives the usual reasons why that is important to him: love of the game, pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

But there is another as well.

Suggest to him that maybe it has something to do with his legacy, about not having his final NHL moments be those rough ones with the Rangers, and he looks up and smiles.

“Exactly.”

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Communication Is Key

from the Mercury News,

Wilson then banged home the message that he will apparently stress this season: To be ready in the spring, the Sharks must consistently pay attention to details through the winter. He wants players to hold one another accountable. And being young, as so many Sharks are, is no excuse.

“We need people,” Wilson said, “who can look at themselves and say, ‘It’s time for me to grow up and act like a man when it matters most.’ “

At the coaching and front-office level, it seems, there will be another adjustment. This will involve more frequent communication among Ron Wilson, Doug Wilson and other Sharks executives - or as Ron Wilson puts it, “More feedback . . . conference call-type things.” The idea is to make sure Ron Wilson knows as soon as possible when the higher-ups have seen a detail slipping that he might have missed.

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Backup Fight In San Jose

from the Mercury News,

Dimitri Patzold and Thomas Greiss were standing side by side outside the Sharks locker room, talking about their friendly competition for the backup goalie position. Both put the emphasis on the “friendly” part of their battle.

“We’re not fighting,” Patzold said, smiling. “It’s not like boxing.”

Greiss agreed. “We’re buddies.”

They even often go out to dinner together. “But,” Greiss added, “we split the bill.”...

Deciding which one will open the year as Evgeni Nabokov’s No. 2 is the biggest question facing the Sharks.

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New Sharks Jerseys

From the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks unveiled their new home and road sweaters Monday afternoon as Captain Patrick Marleau, Alternate Captain Joe Thornton, Kyle McLaren and Mike Grier modeled the uniforms at a special press conference on the ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

continued… (*includes a photo gallery)

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added 11:01pm, PJ at Sharkspage has some more info on the unis, plus pics and video.

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Ozolinsh Grateful For The Opportunity

from the Mercury News,

The Sharks welcomed back an old face Sunday. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh arrived for a training camp tryout.

“This is a good opportunity for him and for us,” said Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson. “We’ll just see where it goes. We think it’s well worth the time.”

Ozolinsh, who has dealt with well-documented problems off the ice, said he spent the summer deciding if he was prepared to continue playing.

“I was less concerned about my physical strength than I was my mental condition,” he said. “I wanted to make sure my head was in the right place. I’m really grateful for this opportunity, and I’ll make the most of it.”

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Vlasic Fits In Sharks “D”

from the Mercury News,

While Vlasic’s name now is chiseled onto the Sharks’ roster, he faces a different challenge: finding a defensive partner. The steady Scott Hannan is gone, having signed as a free agent with Colorado.

“I thought Scotty and I had a pretty good chemistry,” Vlasic said. “If I made a mistake, he was there to back me up. He showed me how to position myself on the ice. It was great to play with him.”

Actually, Wilson countered, it was the other way around.

“I think Mark helped Scotty more, to be honest,” he said. “Marc is the last guy I’m worried about. We just have to find him someone to play with now.”

read on... Is that a backhanded shot at Hannan from Wilson?

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Hockey Destination: San Jose

from the Mercury News,

“This is becoming a destination place,” Thornton said. “Word of mouth spreads like wildfire in this league, and guys love playing here. People believe you can win playing on this team, and it’s got a chance to keep going and going.”

The summer contracts - worth nearly $75 million - were an indication that General Manager Doug Wilson believes this nucleus can overcome its playoff failures and break through to claim a Stanley Cup. Yet it also appears to have been relatively easy to convince Marleau, Thornton and Michalek that they didn’t need to test the free-agent waters - even with the lure of more money elsewhere.

“For me it was a no-brainer signing an extension,” Thornton said. “Where else would I go that’s better than here?”

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Items Facng Sharks At Camp

from the Mercury News,

Sharks veterans report to training camp today and Coach Ron Wilson hopes to accomplish many things between now and the Oct. 4 season opener in Edmonton.

He has his priorities. Ask him to identify the top items on his to-do list and there’s no hesitation:

• Find a backup for goalie Evgeni Nabokov now that Vesa Toskala is gone.

• Keep the defense on track despite the loss of Scott Hannan, who signed as a free agent with Colorado.

• Decide if it makes sense to start Patrick Marleau on a line with Joe Thornton rather than waiting until the offense needs a jump-start.

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Nabokov Clearly The #1 Goalie

from the Mercury News,

Yes, the Sharks’ logjam in goal has been unclogged. Vesa Toskala was traded to Toronto in June, ending any debate over Nabokov’s standing as the team’s top goaltender. But Nabokov says it hasn’t changed the way he’s gearing up - mentally or physically - for what lies ahead, starting with the opening of training camp next Thursday.
“You’re just trying to prepare yourself to be ready to go out every game and give your best. That’s kind of always the goal,” Nabokov said. “And I don’t think it’s true that now I can sit and say `OK, I’m No. 1.’ I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

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