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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
“We’ve played 44 games,” he said. “I go back to the Buffalo blown call in overtime, I go back to the blown call in Winnipeg, I go to one in Minnesota and I go to the one tonight. That’s one in every 11 games.
“I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench,” he continued. “But when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didn’t happen, it’s disappointing. It really is disappointing.
“There’s also protocol to follow in our league and that protocol is you get together and you discuss it and that didn’t happen either. Obviously I’m not very happy with it.”
more and watch the goal below...
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson today issued the following statement regarding forward Logan Couture (@Logancouture).
"For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper body injury. Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem.
"While the timing of the procedure is not ideal, Logan feels it is in his and the team's best interest to get the problem rectified now. Logan will undergo surgery on Wed., Jan. 8 and we will have a better update on the recovery time following the procedure."
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Sharks forward Logan Couture will undergo a procedure to repair a hand injury Wednesday is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, a team source disclosed late Monday night.
The news casts doubt on Couture's ability to play in the Sochi Olympics. The Canadian team will be revealed Tuesday, and Couture was considered a top candidate for the team.
However, he still could be selected, as the rules allow teams to name players, then replace them if injuries prove to be a problem.
Bracken Kearns of the San Jose Sharks scored his first NHL goal at age 32 last night.
Kearns talked about the goal post-game...
from Jamie Baker of Great White Bites at the San Jose Sharks website,
We hear from the Head Coach Todd McLellan all the time, and of course know of assistant coaches Larry Robinson, Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft. But there is another member of the coaching staff who is a crucial member, great guy and flies under the radar and his name is Brett Heimlich.
Brett is the technology guru of the staff who oversees all the video, but he is also much more than that. As Todd McLellan said, “Brett is the unsung hero of our staff, doesn’t get much recognition and people outside don’t know how much he does. When he started he had technical skills but our staff is more efficient now because Brett’s hockey knowledge has expanded so much.”
On a typical game day Brett arrives at the rink at 6:00am and gets home around 11:30pm. On a practice day he arrives at 6:00am and gets home around 3 or 4pm. Long days, but passionate days as he works with some of the smartest hockey minds in the world.
Brett’s hockey knowledge, especially of how the San Jose Sharks are hoping or expected to play, is on display during a game. This is when Brett has to be, and is, at his best!
During a game Brett captures, edits and marks the live video using an advanced sports software system. He captures a live timeline of the game, a single video file for each period that he works of off. Here is a rundown of his in-game responsibilities.
via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Marty Havlat is out with a lower body injury, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan revealed on Friday.
Havlat did not make the trip to Phoenix, where the Sharks will play the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena (6 p.m. PST).
The 32-year-old winger took part in the morning skate and pregame warmups on Monday, but did not play in the 5-4 shootout win over Colorado. When asked when Havlat suffered the injury, McLellan said: “Somewhere throughout the day, I guess.”
“He didn’t play last game and won’t play tonight. We didn’t bring him on the trip, so we won’t get a true evaluation until we get back tomorrow.”
In 22 games, Havlat has three goals and five assists for eight points and six penalty minutes. He missed the first 12 games of the season recovering from offseason pelvic surgery.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
All 30 NHL teams get a little something extra this Christmas: a holiday break that has grown from two to three days off so players can spend more time with family and friends.
The extended break was mandated by the collective bargaining agreement that ended the league's lockout 11 months ago.
The downside? Ten games are on the schedule Friday, and that means 10 teams -- including the Sharks -- must take an early morning flight, get in a quick morning skate and play the same night.
That is not the normal routine, of course. Players and coaches generally say one day away from the rink is good during the season, but not more than that for conditioning reasons. And day-of-game flights might be acceptable during the exhibition season but not usually when the outcome matters.
Coach Todd McLellan is taking a stoic approach even with players having to get on the team plane at 6:30 a.m. for the two-hour flight to Phoenix to face the Coyotes.
"There's nothing we can do about it," he said, noting that every team deals with the same 72-hour period without skating or organized workouts.
“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice. He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”
“It’s the game of hockey. You play a playoff series, you play hard, guys battle, they fight, people get dinged up. At the end of the series, what do people do? They shake hands. As I said, all I know is Gordie Howe, one of the toughest, most physical guys that ever played, found time to come in and check on me. It’s a part of the game that I think makes our game the game that it is.”
-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks. Wilson was disappointed Dustin Brown of the LA Kings did not 'check-in' on Tomsa Hertl after his hit on him last week. More from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.
The San Jose Sharks could be without the services of rookie forward Tomas Hertl for an extended period of time.
Roman Jedlicka of Czech TV network TV Nova Sport reported on Friday morning that the 20-year-old could be out for a month. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie corroborated the report and added that Hertl's spell on the sidelines could last even longer than that.
Hertl sustained an apparent knee injury when he was hit knee-on-knee by Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in Thursday night's 4-1 loss. Brown was assessed a five-minute major on the play, as well as a game misconduct.
The 2012 first-round pick is a heavy Calder Trophy favourite, leading all rookies in goals (15) and points (25) in 35 games played.
Review the hit here...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Dustin Brown was assessed a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct for a knee-on-knee collision with Tomas Hertl that took the San Jose forward out of the game.
The severity of Hertl’s injury was unknown immediately following the game....
On a review of the play, it was Brown’s back leg, not his lead leg, that made contact with Hertl. Though Brown plays an edgy, physical role for the club and is the only King to have been suspended since the formation of the Department of Player Safety in the summer of 2011, this contact appeared to be purely a coincidental collision of two legs occupying the same spot at the same time, and a five minute major did not appear to justified.
Darryl Sutter agreed in his postgame media availability.
“I’m sure you guys saw it up there. What did you guys think of it?”
“You lose a player for almost the whole game when you’re in this type of schedule – that is not the right call. Clear. No more questions about it. I saw it live and I saw two or three replays. It’s not the right call.”
read on for Todd McLellan's reaction and watch the hit below...
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