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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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Here is the website report from a few days ago…
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.”
Hokej.cz (not translated) is reporting Milan Michalek re-signing with the San Jose Sharks for 6 years, $26M.
added 9:19am, from CTK.cz, a little translation follows (thanks to Roman)...
“A long contract was the wish of Milan as well as San Jose. Milan is happy and calls the Sharks his club” said his Czech manager Josef Machala.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Earlier this month, local investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio sealed a deal to purchase a large chunk of the Nashville Predators. He and eight Tennessee businessmen will take over the team next month.
Then came last week’s stock-option backdating fraud conviction of another Sharks owner, Silicon Valley executive Greg Reyes. Barring a successful appeal, Reyes almost certainly will be forced to divest his considerable share of the team. The NHL has taken such action in similar cases, following fraud convictions of former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and former New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar.
Sharks fans, of course, care much more about backchecking than backdating. And they wonder if any of this will affect what they see on the ice this season, or into the future.
from the Mercury News,
Center Mark Smith remains the lone Shark from last season’s lineup without a new contract, but his agent said Thursday that San Jose put an offer on the table and money isn’t the big sticking point.
It’s playing time.
“San Jose is such a strong team at forward and at the center position that it limits his opportunity to play an expanded role,” agent Brian Feldman said from his Michigan office. “We’re just trying to find an opportunity where he’d have that expanded role.”
from the Courier,
In another way to give back to the community that supported him so well during his days as a Waterloo Black Hawks player, San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski has been conducting the Joe Pavelski Hockey School this week at Young Arena.
More than 50 budding hockey stars signed up to spend eight hours a day with Pavelski, who is providing them with on-ice and on-land training.
“He’s been great,” said West High freshman-to-be Taylor Harris. “He makes sure he spends some time with everybody helping them in one way or another.
“It’s been really fun doing a whole bunch of skating and learning new techniques.
“Plus, it is going to be really cool to go to school and tell everybody I hung out with an NHL player for a week.”
from the Daily Pilot,
Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.
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