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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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Lord Stanley We’re Comin’ After You!

from Sharkspage,

A friend passed along the song “Cheechoo Tameu” from local San Jose ska band, the Whiskey Avengers. It is an infectious tune, with a verse of good old hockey game thrown in for good measure.

read on and listen to the tune, pretty catchy!

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Sharks Make Michalek Signing Official

from the San Jose Sharks,

The Sharks locked up another core player for the long haul Friday when they inked Milan Michalek to a six-year deal worth in excess of $24 million. The length of the contract is the longest in franchise history, matching the term previously provided to Owen Nolan.
Michalek surrendered a few years of unrestricted free agency, but that was not a concern for the speedy forward who can play anywhere up front.
“It was a few years (of unrestricted free agency), but I’m really happy in San Jose,” said Michalek. “The organization is great. I’m glad they wanted me for so long because I wanted that too.”

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added 1:23pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that the team has signed forward Milan Michalek to a six-year contract extension worth $26 million, according to sources.
Considering the dollar figures thrown around this summer, that constitutes almost a bargain by today’s standards, given Michalek’s upside as a player.

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Sharks Plan- Sign Marleau

from the Mercury News,

Trade rumors have been swirling around Patrick Marleau this summer, but the Sharks captain hasn’t even bothered calling his agent to check their credibility.
If he had checked, here’s what he would have heard:
“I don’t have a sense that the Sharks are in a trade mode with regards to Patrick Marleau,” agent Don Baizley said from his Winnipeg office this week.
That’s consistent with the message Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has been sending, too. His priority, Wilson said again this week, is to get Marleau’s signature on a contract extension - not send him packing to Montreal, or anyplace else.

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Michalek Deal Could Be Close

from the Mercury News,

Sharks left wing Milan Michalek may be close to getting a lengthy contract extension, but the deal doesn’t appear to be done just yet.
A Web site in Michalek’s native Czech Republic is reporting that the Sharks are giving Michalek a six-year, $26 million deal. But while there were indications that an agreement could be imminent, both Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and Michalek’s agent, Allan Walsh, stressed that none is in place.
Wilson did make it sound as if both sides were heading in the same direction.
“Have Milan and his agent expressed the desire to do something? Yes,” the G.M. said. “And are we very receptive? Yes.”

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Here is the website report from a few days ago…

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Sharks Add Two To Staff

from the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks announced today that the club has added former Sharks players Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment to the San Jose hockey department staff.
Ricci will serve as Advisor to Hockey Operations while Marchment has been named Scout and Player Development.
“Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment are two of the fiercest competitors to play in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “We have always said that we will look at all ways to improve our organization on and off-the-ice and having these two leaders work with our current and future players is a fantastic opportunity for our club. We are very excited to welcome them back to the San Jose Sharks.”

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