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Scott Morrison of Sportsnet with a feature on the Boston Bruins trading Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks.
from Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,
Sharks defenseman Justin Braun will miss an undetermined, but presumably short, amount of time after he was treated for a staph infection in his left elbow earlier this week.
With severe swelling in his elbow, Braun said he underwent a 20-minute procedure for the infection Wednesday morning, as doctors cleaned out the elbow and began to treat it with antibiotics.
Braun said he cut his elbow Nov. 10 when the Sharks hosted the New York Islanders. He needed stitches and didn’t think much of the cut. But by the time the Sharks returned from their road trip after Sunday’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Braun said he “didn’t feel very good. And turns out it was infected, so, just bad luck with the whole situation.”
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract.
Zubrus, 37, recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games with New Jersey last season. In 1,243 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Montreal, Washington, Buffalo and New Jersey, he has registered 584 points (225 goals, 359 assists) and 771 penalty minutes.
In addition, Zubrus has collected 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) in 92 career playoff games. He played for current Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer in New Jersey from 2011-2014.
The six-foot-five, 225-pound native of Elektrenai, Lithuania, was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round (15th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Apparently, all the Sharks needed in order to right the ship was a little internal chaos. Maybe they're one of those teams that can only operate in a state of disharmony. Whatever it is -- the threat of a Patrick Marleau trade, or something else -- the Sharks are cooking.
They erased a 3-1 third-period deficit against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday and won going away, 5-3. It was the Sharks' sixth straight win and completed a perfect six-game road trip, the first-ever for the team. The win also vaulted the Sharks into top spot in the Pacific Division, with the Los Angeles Kings being upended by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
The division may well be the home of the most mediocre hockey in the league, but as we head into the second quarter of the season it does make for some terrific drama. And you have to wonder about Marleau -- who had three goals and three assists on the road trip -- and whether the trade talk will die down or increases his perceived value to other teams.
more on the Sharks from the ESPN hockey crew...
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets had come to believe that this kind of performance – this type of monumental collapse – was behind them, like a distant, awful memory of their fragile start to the season. But the ghost of third periods past return to Nationwide Arena on Sunday, haunting a club that has no margin for error but keeps throwing away points.
The Blue Jackets’ 3-1 lead early in the third period evaporated in a snap, and the road-warrior San Jose Sharks left town with a 5-3 win before 13,397.
“It should be in the bag,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. “To me, it’s unacceptable. I don’t think we played our best game, my any means, but we’re in a position to win that game. We have to find a way to close it out.”
The Sharks put a bright red bow on a six-game, six-win road trip, the first in franchise history. They won in Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, and they ended it with a third-period comeback win.
"They found a way to win," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We found a way to lose."
Game highlights are below...
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks forward Patrick Marleau would accept a trade to one of three teams, an NHL source has informed CSNCalifornia.com.
The New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings would all be locations that the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer would deem acceptable.
The Rangers have had scouts at the last two Sharks games, including Doug Risebrough on Tuesday night against the Islanders.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
It is less likely SJ asked Marleau to waive NTC and more likely that Marleau asked SJ to explore trade possibilities to select teams.
Some teams aware since early in regular season that SJ's Patrick Marleau may, under right circumstances, look favorably on a trade.
Elliottte Friedman tweet,
At the end of the day, this will be Marleau's decision...unless the Sharks decide not to trade him.
According to generalfanager, Marleau's salary thru the 2016-17 season is $6.5M.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
- After enduring some down seasons and dwindling crowds, the West-leading Stars are experiencing a revival on the ice and at American Airlines Center. When Tom Gaglardi bought the franchise in 2011 the team's season ticket base was about 5,200; it's now about 11,600. For their first six home games the Stars averaged 17,828 fans, or 96.2% capacity; for all of last season they averaged 17,350, or 93.6% capacity.
On the flip side, the San Jose Sharks are down to 93.1% capacity after four home games, from 109.2% last season, and the New York Islanders' attendance has fallen since they moved to Brooklyn. They played to 94.8% capacity at the Nassau Coliseum last season but averaged 76.3% in their first eight home games at Barclays Center.
- The Colorado Avalanche (3-7-1) has won only one of its last seven games. Coach Patrick Roy, noting that six of the losses have been by one goal, has been blaming bad bounces and bad decisions. Or is it that they're just good enough to lose close games and not good enough to win them?
a few more topics...
via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
A strange series of events involving Stalock allowed the Islanders to tie it at 2-2. After taking a shot to the mask from Ryan Strome on a New York power play, Stalock swiped his helmet off of his head. Rather than whistling the play dead, the referees allowed it to continue and Anders Lee put it across the line at 2:27. The refs conferred afterwards, but it was allowed to stand.
The Sharks did lose the game 6-3.
from Curtis Pashelke of the Mercury News,
Martin Jones' shutout streak wasn't going to last forever. Neither was the Sharks' ability to kill one penalty after another.
But the Sharks did win their fourth in a row Friday, as Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns both scored in a shootout to give San Jose a 2-1 over the New Jersey Devils. Jones made a save on Jacob Josefson, and Mike Cammalleri's attempt went wide to end the game.
It was the Sharks' first game without center Logan Couture, who will miss the next four to six weeks after he suffered a fractured right fibula in practice on Thursday. But the Sharks killed off five of six minor penalties and held off a still-winless Devils team to remain unbeaten.
"After you lose a teammate like that you're a little concerned about maybe some emotional lag," Sharks forward Tommy Wingels said. " ... We got pucks deep, and overall I think we took a few too many penalties but grinded out a win."
via Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,
“Really, it’s our video coach in the room, he’s on the headset to Steve Spott, who’s on our bench, and Johan Hedberg, who’s our eye in the sky, and the three of those guys really are the ones who make the call on that,” DeBoer said. “I’m just the puppet calling the timeout and telling them what we’re challenging. Can’t take any credit for that, but it was a great catch for our group and at a big time. That was a turning point, that goal called back.”
Trotz didn’t exactly object with the decision.
“The standard is pretty tight,” Trotz said. “If you ask any coach that gets one called off, I was going, ‘Really? That’s pretty light on that side,’ but there was contact. The standard is contact, and it’s absolutely right. … To the letter of the law, it was a good call, I guess. I don’t totally agree.”
The Sharks won the game 5-0.
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