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Sharks Don’t Want “Buffalo Bills” Label

from the National Post via Canada.com,

“I don’t want to be the Buffalo Bills of hockey, who keep getting there and getting there, but you don’t really finish it off,” Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren said. “Guys are getting older and more experienced. They’ve been in these situations a few times before. Our lack of confidence after Edmonton, the way we lost that, and Detroit ? We just have to get better. Be able to close teams out a little better.”

General manager Doug Wilson has engineered a wonderful team and a strong organization in San Jose. He’s got an excellent farm system, the biggest group of forwards in the NHL, and as the season opened had more than US$10-million of cap room with which to improve..

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Sharks are the Best, IF…

From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,

This should be the best Sharks season ever. Starting tonight.

If they keep remembering Detroit.

The Sharks have the size to intimidate other teams. They have a top goaltender to frustrate opposing scorers. Their young players should only keep getting better as the relentless 82-game schedule progresses.

If they keep remembering Detroit.

continued… (*and more on the SJ Sharks here)

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Roenick Ready To Lead The Cheers

from the AP via the Red Bluff Daily News,

“Just knowing these guys and watching them skate every day, I don’t see how we can’t be the odds-on favorite,” Roenick said Tuesday. “But with that comes a lot of responsibility, a lot of pressure. We have to make sure that we don’t sit on those accolades. We have to go out there and make sure they come true.”

After making few changes to a roster that posted a franchise-record 107 points last spring, the Sharks are so loaded with largely homegrown talent that Roenick—the 495-goal scorer who signed on 10 days before training camp—probably will be a healthy scratch when San Jose opens its season in Edmonton on Thursday night.

“I can be a cheerleader, and this is a great team to cheer for,” Roenick said.

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Thornton Ready To Lead The Sharks

from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

Thornton watched two games of the 2007 Ducks-Senators final on tape while in India and, between winces, noticed the physical dominance of Anaheim, the Western Conference team. So, why shouldn’t it be San Jose’s turn in 2008? “We have a little more experience from the Edmonton and Detroit series,” he said of second-round meltdowns in the past two seasons. “We realize we had some of those games in hand, but couldn’t find a way to finish them. There are a lot of pieces here, a lot of guys going through their prime years. Realistically, we’ve got a shot at the Cup.”

The Sharks, in fact, have an excellent shot. With Thornton taking the mantle of leadership that has been assigned to him since his teenage years with the Bruins, San Jose is SI’s choice to win it all.

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Sharks #1 Line

from the Mercury News,

The Sharks will open their season in Edmonton on Thursday with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo on the same line.

And Coach Ron Wilson is ready for any critics.

“When I hear, ‘Oh, they’re putting all their eggs in one basket.’ . . . If those are the only two eggs we have, people haven’t even watched our team,” Wilson said after Monday’s two-hour practice. “We’ve got eggs on every line.”

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Strong Preseason Doesn’t Mean Much

From David Pollack at the Mercury News,

But before anyone gets too excited about how San Jose’s 5-0-2 record should translate into regular-season success, consider: The Sharks went 7-0-0 in the 2005 preseason only to stumble badly once the games counted. So badly that during a 10-game losing streak in November, General Manager Doug Wilson broke up his core group of players in the trade that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose.

OK, maybe that wasn’t so terrible after all.

Still, it’s not about wins and losses in the exhibition season.

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Ozolinsh Now Motivated

from the Mercury News,

Finding a new home in the NHL was Ozolinsh’s goal when he began training over the summer, and he gives the usual reasons why that is important to him: love of the game, pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

But there is another as well.

Suggest to him that maybe it has something to do with his legacy, about not having his final NHL moments be those rough ones with the Rangers, and he looks up and smiles.

“Exactly.”

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Communication Is Key

from the Mercury News,

Wilson then banged home the message that he will apparently stress this season: To be ready in the spring, the Sharks must consistently pay attention to details through the winter. He wants players to hold one another accountable. And being young, as so many Sharks are, is no excuse.

“We need people,” Wilson said, “who can look at themselves and say, ‘It’s time for me to grow up and act like a man when it matters most.’ “

At the coaching and front-office level, it seems, there will be another adjustment. This will involve more frequent communication among Ron Wilson, Doug Wilson and other Sharks executives - or as Ron Wilson puts it, “More feedback . . . conference call-type things.” The idea is to make sure Ron Wilson knows as soon as possible when the higher-ups have seen a detail slipping that he might have missed.

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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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