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“He’s been kicked down and stepped on and now it’s about how he responds to it. If he’s the kindof person I think he is, he’s going to respond very well.”
-Larry Robinson, asst. coach of the San Jose Sharks on Scott Gomez. The quote is via the Mercury News but Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal used it in his column on Scott Gomex and Wade Redden.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward James Sheppard to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.'
This season, Sheppard has played 34 games for Worcester, posting 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and 52 penalty minutes. He is currently ranked second in points scoring for Worcester.
In 224 career NHL games Sheppard has accrued 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists) and 108 penalty minutes.
from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
Speaking with CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil on Sunday, Couture was asked if the labor battle, which mercifully ended after 113 days, is now just “water under the bridge.”
“I can only speak for myself, but I would say no to that,” Couture told Brazil. “It’s definitely not water under the bridge. I understand it took both parties to go through this, but there are still some hard feelings towards the other side. I was able to be in some meetings and really realize what they were trying to do. We fought hard to get what we got. Basically we were fighting to give back less than they wanted, to take more and more and more from us. I wouldn’t say it’s water under the bridge, no.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
That first refund from the Sharks after the lockout-forced cancellation of 16 regular season and three pre-season games through Dec. 14 isn’t likely to soothe many fans.
That’s because that first check comes to 1.8 percent of the 70 percent of the season that most season-ticket holders have paid for to this point.
For example, a fan with two $80 seats in the lower bowl using the installment plan paid 70 percent, or $4,928 of the $7,040 total cost before the team stopped collecting the final payments with the lockout pending. That fan will be getting back $88.70.
In an email sent to season-ticket holder Tuesday, the Sharks also noted that it would take two weeks to process and mail out November refunds, pushing their actual arrival inside the mailbox to mid-December.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- The ridiculous aspect of the NHL lockout — other than the fact that is continues — is how close the two sides actually are to getting a deal done. If the NHL believed no deal could be made, games beyond November 1 would have been cancelled by now. But rhetoric and threats aside, the two sides are actually reasonably close to getting something done.
- I love sportswriters, and not just because I happen to be one of them. I love our presumption. I love the fact we think if you give us a calculator and ten minutes we can solve the NHL lockout and just about anything else when the $8-million commissioner and his staff of lawyers and accountants can’t seem to come up with a solution that works for the $3-million union head and his history of operating the best union in all of pro sports.
- And bet you didn’t remember that Todd McClellan has won more games in his first four seasons coaching the San Jose Sharks than any coach in NHL history?
a few more hockey notes...
"The way I see it, if Shea Weber or Ryan Suter or Zach Parise signed those big deals in July and then arrived at training camp and said, 'We’re not playing until we get 20 percent more on our contract.' There would be an uproar. The owners would say, 'No chance.’ Well, it’s the same thing. Contracts have been signed, both the owners and the players have signed these contracts. Now they’re trying to take whatever percentage off the top? It’s all about principle. It’s a handshake and an agreement. Why did all these owners rush to sign all these players before the lockout?"
-Ryan Clowe of the San Jose Sharks speaking on CBA topics with Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. Read more from Clowe.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Larionov said his client Sergei Samsonov, the one-time Oilers winger, will be getting a tryout with the San Jose Sharks, if there is an NHL training camp. Samsonov, who was on the Oilers’ 2006 team, didn’t play at all last season.
• Larionov will be playing in the old-timers Toronto Maple Leafs-Detroit Red Wings game on Jan. 1 if there is a Winter Classic. “(Teammate Kris) Draper has already started a camp, so we’re ready for Toronto,” said the chuckling former Detroit centre.
more, mostly Edmonton related…
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
...nothing out there suggests the Sharks might be receptive to an offer for Thornton, and that really is what matters most, no?
Never say never, of course, but here’s a reality check. While Doug Wilson has a stock line of being open to whatever will improve his team, it’s not likely that the Rangers are going to offer Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal to pry away the Sharks captain. Sure, that’s an overstatement, but you get the point.
And on top of that, there is the no-trade clause in Thornton’s contract – though maybe the chance to play at Madison Square Garden might not make that a huge obstacle. Considering Thornton’s off-hand comment last fall about the Rangers being a a soft team – for which he later apologized, of course – it would be hoot to see what kind of reception Joe would get from the upper balcony at MSG.
All of the above is intended to throw cold water on whatever buzz may be developing on that Thornton mention. Frankly, it’s not even a rumor at this point, just a well-placed “could happen.”
from Radar Online,
Elin Nordegren has rebounded from her latest breakup and has landed in the arms of a Swedish NHL player named Douglas Murray.
According to a report by the Swedish site Expressen, Elin and Doug were spotted together last week at Rose Nightclub in Stockholm where eyewitnesses said they were hugging and being affectionate with each other.
from Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area,
Those hoping Doug Wilson would play the role of Ty Pennington and give the roster an extreme makeover are probably a bit disappointed at the moment despite some nice moves by the club this offseason. The Sharks were able to trade for and sign veteran d-man Brad Stuart; brought in a pair of veteran assistant coaches, including the highly respected Larry Robinson; added some personality and grit with forward Adam Burish; and locked up young and improving defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a long-term deal at a very reasonable price.
Still, a core group that hasn’t been able to take that necessary extra step to the Stanley Cup Final, remains. And, in fact, the Sharks took a pretty big step backwards in 2011-12 with an inconsistent regular season and first round defeat to the St. Louis Blues, who were then swept in the second round by Los Angeles.
While there are some big name forwards left in the free agent/trade market – Shane Doan, Alex Semin and Bobby Ryan are at the top of the list – don’t expect San Jose to be in the running for any of those players.
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