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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Count me in for some NHL viewing tonight. OK, so I do that every night (much to my wife’s chagrin), but seriously, there’s a pair of real compelling matchups tonight with Detroit at San Jose and Montreal at Minnesota….
As expected, the Wings and Sharks already top the Western Conference standings. It’s only late October, but you know these kinds of games are important for a San Jose team trying to finally break through after four seasons of contending.
Watch out for S.J. Sharkie!
Todd McLellan took part in a tele-donference today and Sharkspage has the transcript,
[Q] How do you go into facing the Detroit Red Wings for the first time Thursday? Have you talked with Mike (Babcock) at all about it?
[TM] We haven’t talked about the game in particular, we talk quite often about how the families are doing. The game in particular, we have not addressed it one bit. We will approach it like any other game. Head coaches will always tell you that. We are going to prepare for the things they do well, and they are going to counter against us. Probably more will be made out of it by the media than will be made out of it by the two coaches, because it will be just another night and we have to do the best we can do for our team.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
(Dan) Boyle said “it’s only natural” to want to play well against a former team. “I’m like anybody else.” He was more direct with San Jose’s Mercury News.
“I’m not going to sit here and lie and say that it doesn’t mean anything,” he told the paper. “As a player, as a competitive person, you want to stick it to ‘em. I want to win, and I want to win bad. I want to go out there and have a good game and win decisively.”...
“It’ll be exciting to see him,” Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier said. “He’s a great player, one of the best in the league. We’ll have to try to contain him because we know he’ll come hard.”
But Boyle, who had an assist Friday for five points in his past three games, insisted he is not coming to Tampa to even a score. “I know it’s cliche, but it’s about us playing a hockey game. It’s more about that than me versus the owners.”
from Pierre LeBrun’s blog at ESPN,
I’m scrolling through the NHL stats Thursday morning and do a double take. Keith Tkachuk is tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead with seven?!
What gives Mr. 36-year-old, I’m-supposed-to-be-in-the-twilight-of-my-career?
“I wish I could tell ya,” Tkachuk told ESPN.com Thursday. “I think it’s just being around the net and playing with players who are finding you. Just putting yourself in position and being in the right place at the right time is the reason why….”
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.
In other transaction news [TSN]:
Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.
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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks have placed forward Lukas Kaspar on waivers, giving 29 other teams a chance to claim San Jose’s 2004 first-round draft pick.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the team made the move today in part because three injured players — Milan Michalek, Tomas Plihal and Douglas Murray — appear ready to return after missing two or three games with injuries. But it also was made because the team wants to stay one-player under the 23-man limit in order to maintain maximum flexibility to brings up players from Worcester on short notice.
from Steve Cameron of the Merced Sun-Star,
The Sharks are not just a hell of a hockey team—we knew that already—but perhaps better positioned for a run at the Stanley Cup then at any time in the club’s relatively short history.
San Jose was perhaps the best defensive unit in the league last year.
What the Sharks lacked—and what cost them dearly in a disappointing second-round playoff loss to Dallas—was the kind of relentless attack that can produce goals against good teams and in tough situations.
from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.
“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”
read on and more fantasy talk…
via Working the Corners,
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today that they have reached an agreement to have the local blackout lifted for nine 2008-09 San Jose Sharks games that are not scheduled to be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The move will allow those local hockey fans who subscribe to the Center Ice hockey package to view all of the Sharks 82 regular season games on television.
Looks like a trend may be developing- via a press release from the Phoenix Coyotes…
Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the National Hockey League has lifted the “NHL Center Ice” blackout in the Phoenix region for 19 Coyotes games. Coyotes fans that subscribe to the “NHL Center Ice” package will now be able to see 78 of the Coyotes’ 80 remaining games on television this season
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