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From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,
Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]
Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.
read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens
Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.
Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.” According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.
Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:
Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.
“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”
Quite the day Garrioch is having today…
from Working the Corners,
Rumors continue to circulate that Patrick Marleau (whose no-trade clause kicks in on July 1) could be involved in a package that would bring in the No. 6 overall pick from Columbus, which also holds the No. 19 overall selection. “Exploring everything” could fuel those rumors, but Wilson stuck to his overall no-comment policy.
“Any conversations I have are in confidence,” he reiterated. “We get a lot of calls.”
Wilson did shoot down the idea spelled out elsewhere in the hockey universe that Marleau’s availability is tied to San Jose’s ability to re-sign Brian Campbell, that the GM would be in a position where he had to trade Marleau for budgetary reasons.
more on the Sharks…
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
One of the names most bandied about – as it seems to be year after year – is Sharks center Patrick Marleau.
While his rumored deal to Columbus makes perfect sense for the Blue Jackets –filling their No. 1 center role, allowing Derick Brassard to slide onto the second line – it would be a mistake for the Sharks to part with their captain, unless they received a deal that (pardon the pun) blows them out of the water.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
New Sharks coach Todd McLellan hasn’t had much chance to get to know his players yet, but he and the father of one of them - captain Patrick Marleau - are well acquainted.
Both McLellan and the Marleaus come from Saskatchewan, but it’s a five-hour drive from the coach’s hometown of Melville to Aneroid, where the captain grew up. Aneroid, though, is only 90 minutes from Swift Current - a short hop by provincial standards - and that’s where McLellan connected with the Marleau family a decade ago.
From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,
Todd McLellan may not be a household name, but he has been successful at every level he has coached and was in charge of a Detroit power play that has terrorized shorthanded opponents for the past three seasons.
Known as an offense-minded boss, McLellan should bring out the best in a San Jose team rife with snipers and playmakers aching to break out and establish themselves as stars of the second season.
Update 1:47pm ET: More editorializing on this hire from both Mark Purdy and David Pollak of the Mercury News. (*And a hat-tip for the Purdy link to Terry Frei at his Denver Post blog, who apparently had a thing for McLellan in Colorado back when Granato was hired).
Update 2:36pm ET: The Sharks make it official. More at TSN.
From Helene St. James at the Free Press:
Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.
McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.
Update 7:17pm ET: More from David Pollak at the Mercury News, who states that a press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 11am PT.
*hat-tip to Bill
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
San Jose Sharks are slowly zeroing in on [Ron Wilson’s] replacement. Todd McLellan, an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings will interview for the job on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta to discuss the Thrashers coaching vacancy with General Manager Don Waddell.
Sources say Kitchener Rangers head coach and GM, Peter DeBoer is also high on Doug Wilson’s list in San Jose and failing a change of heart, may be considered the frontrunner.
The Sharks may be in competition for DeBoer as the Ottawa senators and Florida Panthers remain in the mix. The Senators are believed to have strong interest in DeBoer along with Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg and veteran NHL coach, Bob Hartley.
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The rumor over the weekend was Nikolai Zherdev, Dan Fritsche or Stefan Legein and the No. 19 pick to San Jose for Patrick Marleau. I spent most of Saturday pursuing this and was told by a handful of close-to-the-situation sources that there’s no truth to it, that the two clubs have not put together the framework of any specific trade as of yet. No names have been mentioned.
If there was merit to the rumor, I would have sparked up a blog immediately.
From David Pollack at the ‘Working the Corners’ blog,
The drumbeat isn’t quieting down when it comes to those Patrick Marleau trade rumors.
In fact, the pace is picking up.
So let me add this to the mix: An NHL source — not connected with either team — advises that the Sharks and Columbus are indeed close to a deal. San Jose would send Marleau and another player (unspecified) to the Blue Jackets for their first-round draft pick — 6th overall in the NHL entry draft later this month — and right wing Nikolai Zherdev.
read on for Pollack’s analysis of the rumor
From Scott Herhold and Pete Carey at the Mercury News,
Federal investigators are probing the business dealings of San Jose socialite and investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, the Mercury News has learned.
Del Biaggio announced his departure Monday from Sand Hill Capital, a firm he co-founded in 1997. Sand Hill, a boutique lender to startups, issued a terse press release saying he was leaving the company “for personal reasons.”
The 40-year-old financier, until recently a minority investor in the the San Jose Sharks hockey team, last year became a part-owner of the Nashville Predators hockey team. Del Biaggio did not return phone calls seeking comment. His lawyer, Elliot Peters of the San Francisco law firm Keker & Van Nest, e-mailed a statement to the Mercury News:
“Boots Del Biaggio is a good and generous person. Boots will cooperate fully with any investigation.”
Del Biaggio is currently part of the investor group that recently acquired the Nashville Predators.
Update 12:17pm ET May 30th: John Glennon at The Tennessean notes a statement issued by the Predators.
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