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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.
from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
It also means that San Jose hasn’t done much to fix what was one of its gaping holes last season, and that is the lack of secondary scoring, and production from the third and fourth lines.
While the Sharks’ still boast an impressive and productive top-six in Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe and Marty Havlat, the offensive output of the rest of the forward group under contract drops off dramatically after that.
In fact, when you combine the scoring of what would probably be the bottom six forwards at this point (Andrew Desjardins, Michal Handzus, Adam Burish, Tommy Wingels, James Sheppard and John McCarthy or Tim Kennedy), you get a total of 21 goals scored last season in 278 games.
That’s one goal every 13.2 games, and doesn’t even include Sheppard, who hasn’t skated in an NHL game since the 2009-10 season.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vlasic, 25, finished third on the team, first among defensemen, with a +11 rating. He has been a double-digit plus player in five out of his six season in the League. He also led the team and was T-12th in the League with 171 blocked shots, including a franchise-record eight blocks on Dec. 23 vs. Los Angeles. He was named the NHL Second Star of the Week for Nov. 14-20 when his tallied seven points (1-6=7) and a +7 in three games, including a career-high four-point, +5 game on Nov. 17 vs. Detroit.
In six seasons with San Jose, he has appeared in 471 regular season games where he has posted 133 points (22-111=133). In franchise history, he ranks 11th in games played and his +62 career plus/minus rating is second. Named to the 2006-07 NHL All-Rookie Team, Vlasic’s 471 career regular season games rank second among all players selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President General Manager Doug Wilson and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Sharks have signed an affiliation agreement with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for the 2012-13 season. The Worcester Sharks continue to serve as San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate.
“We are very excited to add the San Francisco Bulls as our ECHL development affiliate,” said Thomas. “Our organizations share the same passion to put a strong, competitive product on the ice, as well as being an active member in our shared Bay Area communities.”
The 2012-13 season will be the inaugural campaign for the Bulls, who will play their home games at the historic Cow Palace, where the Sharks played their first two NHL seasons prior to moving into HP Pavilion at San Jose (then San Jose Arena) in 1993.
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Todd McLellan announced today that longtime NHL player and head coach Larry Robinson has been named associate coach.
Robinson served as head coach for the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99 and for the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002, and in 2005-06, including leading the team to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2000 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2001, before falling to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.
Robinson has also had stints as an assistant coach with New Jersey, including their 1995 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship seasons and last season when the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings, falling in six games.
Hall of Famer Larry Robinson has just been hired as associate coach of the San Jose Sharks. Two years, one-year option #Habs— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) July 8, 2012
Robinson spoke w/ Steve Yzerman about work in Tampa, but Doug Wilson, long-time Larry friend, made an impressive pitch for Sharks— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) July 8, 2012
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
...I’ve seen the trade speculation out there, some of which I’ll chose not to dignify with a specific reference.
But before anyone gets too heated up over what may or may not be going on, a reminder that both Patrick Marleau and Marty Havlat have contracts with no-movement clauses in them while Dan Boyle has a modified no-trade clause in which he can limit his possible destinations.
At the end of the season, I asked Marleau if he might be willing to waive whatever no-movement clause he has in his contract if Doug Wilson approached him with a possible trade partner.
“We’ll cross that bridge if it ever comes up,” Marleau said, leaving a little wiggle room.
I decided it was time for a follow-up call, reached Marleau, reminded him of his earlier response and asked if the issue has come up this week.
“I’m not at that bridge,” was his stick-to-the-metaphor response.
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