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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
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via Sports Network,
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.
Wings lose the game 3-2. I was at the game and saw the play. When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.
On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…
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from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,
The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.
San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.
Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.
The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.
from Working the Corners,
(Joe) Thornton also told about seeing Campbell in a New York restaurant at the start of this road trip. That story got out to the national media when Campbell mentioned it at his phone conference call. But he didn’t mention how Thornton jokingly called Campbell over to the table where the Sharks were dining and asked the Buffalo defenseman if he’d like to be introduced to his new teammates. The man’s a prophet as well as a points machine.
more on the Sharks…
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Boucher, 31, has played seven NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago and Columbus and has spent the 2007-08 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, where he posted 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.
Most recently, Boucher split the 2006-07 season between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phantoms.
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s last message to Sabres fans was a simple one, and it came from the heart.
“Don’t boo me when I come back,” the defenseman said this afternoon shortly after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.
Campbell fought back tears but also chuckled with reporters as he discussed the trade. He was sent to San Jose along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for 22-year-old right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.
“It’s life changing,” Campbell said in HSBC Arena.
The San Jose Sharks have dealt defenceman Rob Davison to the New York Islanders for a seventh-round draft pick.
The hard-hitting defenceman has scored 14 points in 176 games over five seasons with the Sharks, who drafted him in 1998.
from the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
I also think it doesn’t really matter what happens to Marleau after he goes, since it seems that the key thing right now for the Sharks is merely that he goes.
For chemistry. For a dressing room kick start. For the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sure, the Sharks won their second in a row Sunday in a shootout at Pittsburgh to steady their No. 5 playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Sure, once it gets home, this team could suddenly get hot and Marleau could be the igniter.
But Marleau was a ghost again Sunday. He wasn’t on the ice when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the team’s only regulation goal, which meant Marleau maintained his mind-boggling plus/minus mark of minus-21.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
What could Wilson possibly obtain for Marleau this week? You trade someone at the peak of their value, not the nadir. When the inconsistent Marleau does show up and play in first gear, he is better than anyone the team could get for him in return right now.
Because did you notice? The other day, Coach Ron Wilson made a point of saying that the team definitely missed Marleau after he had been out four games with a groin injury. The coach and the captain are circumspect in talking about their relationship. But it’s fair to say there is a distance between them. Ron Wilson has not criticized Marleau by name, but also has not praised him. Last week’s remark may be a good sign. The coach’s future with the Sharks probably hinges on whether Marleau emerges from Funkville.
Because the guess here is, Marleau still will be on the roster Wednesday.
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