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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.

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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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  Tags: defense, marc-edouard+vlasic, san+jose+sharks

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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Roenick Brings Fizz

from the Mercury News,

It takes just one four-letter word to sum up why the Sharks’ signing of Jeremy Roenick was such a good idea:
Fizz.
Doug Wilson, the team’s general manager, disagrees. He uses a different word. A five-letter word.
“Spice,” Wilson said. “You know what Jeremy is? He’s like adding a little spice to the recipe.”
Fizz, spice, crosscheck, canceled check, whatever. The signing of Roenick one week before training camp opens for our local ice hockey team was a needed development.
Maybe not mandatory. But needed.

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Jeremy Roenick Signs with the Sharks

From TSN,

Jeremy Roenick is not retiring after all.
NHL sources tell TSN that the veteran centre has signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks for $500,000.
Roenick spent last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, recording 28 points in 70 games.  He had suggested during the summer that he would likely retire.

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Update 1:17pm ET
From the SJ Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract.
“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to our talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”

added 5:12pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One would imagine Roenick is the last player Wilson or coach Ron Wilson (no relation) would want on board.
Where the Sharks are quietly confident and by the book, Roenick has often appeared bigger than the game and certainly bigger than his team and teammates.
Roenick insisted he will be “camouflaged” on this Sharks team, invisible to the outside eye while doing good in the dressing room and on the ice.
“He knows he’s coming here to play hockey. The other stuff is not what it’s all about,” Doug Wilson said. “We don’t expect any distractions.”

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Sharks Extend Marleau

from the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed center Patrick Marleau to a two-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Patrick is among the game’s top forwards and his stats speak for themselves,” said Wilson.  “Winning is his ultimate goal and getting this extension done prior to the start of the season allows us to focus solely on hockey.  Along with several of his teammates recently, Patty made a commitment that he wants to be here and help this team attain all of its goals.  We feel as an organization that it is our responsibility to make this a place that players want to play and we are proud of our players when they step up to make this happen.”

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