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"We're excited to keep Tomas in the fold and are appreciative of all of his work to help get this deal done," said Wilson. "He is an extremely important piece of our team, which was magnified with his absence during much of the Stanley Cup Final. He has shown steady improvement each season and deserves a lot of credit for his commitment into what we are building here. We're looking forward to having him back to start the 2016-17 season."
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired the San Jose Sharks' 2016 4th round draft choice (120th overall) and the Sharks' 2017 3rd round draft choice (previously Detroit's pick) in exchange for forward Maxim Letunov and a 2017 6th round draft choice.
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
You've seen the refs chat it up with players and help move the game along, well how about the coaches? Check out what Peter DeBoer and Mike Sullivan were shouting during the intensity of the Stanley Cup Final.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
It was, quite possibly, a make-or-break year for general manager Doug Wilson, who took the brunt of the criticism from the fan base for a number of different reasons after the Sharks 10-year playoff run ended last season. Another playoff-free spring amid mounting attendance problems might have spelled the end.
Instead, Wilson had perhaps his best 12 months of his front office career, overseeing the organization’s resurgence and first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Nearly every move he made worked out.
Consider: Martin Jones looks like the next franchise goalie. Paul Martin and Joel Ward provided depth and experience on the blue line and at forward, respectively. Free agent rookie Joonas Donskoi could be a future 25-goal, 50-point scorer. Dainius Zubrus and Nick Spaling were upgrades over young players not yet ready for the NHL. Roman Polak struggled in the Final, but was an important piece down the stretch and in the first three rounds in a heavy Western Conference.
All of the key cogs are locked up or under team control for at least another season, too.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 13, 2016 – The six-game 2016 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks averaged nearly 4 million viewers (3.948 million), making it the most-watched non-Original Six series in 15 years, according to Fast National Ratings by The Nielsen Company.
Game 6, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins won their first Stanley Cup since 2009 with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., averaged 5.407 million viewers, making it NBC’s most-watched non-Original Six Stanley Cup Final game ever. The game is expected to win the night in the advertiser-coveted P18-49 demo (1.9) among broadcast networks when the final numbers are confirmed tomorrow.
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
It does no good to tell Joe Pavelski that the better team won the Stanley Cup. It also does no good to tell him that the San Jose Sharks had a deep and valiant run toward that end.
All there is right now is the bilious taste of going so far and getting nothing but a handshake line from joyous opponents and red-rimmed eyes. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the well-deserving winners, and the San Jose Sharks’ dream has been approached but not achieved.
“I think right now,” the Sharks’ captain said in a funeral dressing room when asked if he would remember the good times or the gut-wrenching ones, “you probably remember the bad stuff first.”
That is the way of the athlete. Condolences are empty, commiserations are weak, handshakes feel like punches and pats on the back like daggers in the spine.
Below, watch some of the San Jose Sharks post-game...
Three moments from last night...
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