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San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan joined Hockey Central at Noon to talk about his team’s missing identity, improved leadership, and ugly loss to the league-leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Sharks got crushed 5-1 in Nashville on Tuesday night, and they are lucky the score wasn't worse. It was men against boys.
The Sharks have won only twice in nine games in February (2-5-2) and are very much opening the door for the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars to catch them for the last wild-card spot in the West. San Jose (66 points) has played three more games than the red-hot Kings (64 points) and Wild (63 points) and two more games than the Stars (62 points), who picked up a huge win at St. Louis on Tuesday.
The Sharks, who have gotten younger over the past two years while GM Doug Wilson tries to rebuild on the fly without bottoming out, just don't look like a playoff team right now. They have not missed the postseason since Wilson took over as general manager in May 2003, an impressive run, but it feels like the streak might be ending.
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You have to think the linesman feels pretty bad after this...
SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 14 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League – ten of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Nabokov, 39, holds nearly every major San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (293) and shutouts (50).
“Growing up in Kazakhstan in the 1980’s, I never could have dreamed of making it to the NHL and playing against the best players in the world,” said Nabokov. “I’m really proud to be able to finish my career where I started in San Jose and where I had my best years. This is my home and this is where my heart is.”
Nabokov finishes his remarkable career ranked 18th on the NHL’s all-time wins list (353), 17th in shutouts (59) and 25th in games played by a goaltender (697).
SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations.
Originally drafted by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft, the 39-year old Nabokov holds nearly every San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (154) and shutouts (50).
Nabokov will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Wednesday, February 11 at SAP Center at Noon. More information to follow.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks weren’t very good at Rogers Arena Thursday night — but then neither was referee Chris Rooney.
You see, his ‘game management’ wasn’t very good, judging by what NHL referee Tim Peel has been saying when he chats with bloggers on the record.
According to Puck Daddy, Peel says that the NHL evidently tells it’s referees when certain penalties are appropriate and when they’re not. And while we are not privy to these ‘game management’ guidelines or whatever they might be called, we would assume that when the home team is down 2-0 late in the second period having had only two scoring chances in 38 minutes, calling an unsportsmanlike penalty on one of the most sportsmanlike captains in the history of the NHL from afar to put them down two men for a full two minutes wouldn’t be recommended.
What could Henrik Sedin possibly have said to bring about such a severe, game-impacting call? We’ll let your imagination run with it while you consider the ramifications of what Peel really said to Greg Wyshynski in a story that went largely unnoticed around the league. Instead, everyone got all excited about a picture of Peel with Wyshynski hoisting a drink which went viral, something the officials and media have done for years, albeit without the pictures and quotes.
While the NHL referee wasn’t quoted directly in the story other than the ‘game management’ reference, the pretty clear implication from the piece was that there are times in certain games when a penalty should be called, but not in others. You know, flexible rules depending upon who is winning and what the game situation is. No word on whether that ‘management’ stretches as far as which teams are playing but there are certainly no end of fans who might think it does....
“I was surprised he called it,” said Henrik, who indicated he didn’t think he had ever received an unsportsmanlike penalty in a similar situation in the past. “I used the “F” word but I’ve said a lot worse things to a referee than that. As I said, I was surprised.”
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The San Jose Sharks continue to play their way out of the comfort zone and into playoff danger.
Their 3-1 loss to the red-hot Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Wednesday dropped the Sharks into third place in the Pacific Division, just two points ahead of the fourth-place Vancouver Canucks, who currently holds down the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference. And the Canucks have three games in hand. The Flames poured three goals past Alex Stalock in less than nine minutes in the second half of the second period to secure their third win in a row.
The Sharks, meanwhile, lost for the second straight game after falling in a marthathon shootout to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. That sets up an interesting tilt for the Sharks on Thursday night in Vancouver.
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by Mike Shackil,
In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Sharks coach Todd McLellan provided a status update on injured players Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun on Tuesday, and the news wasn't encouraging.
Wingels and Braun, who both suffered upper body injuries during Monday's 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, will be out "weeks" according to McLellan, with the Sharks clinging to a Western Conference playoff position.
At 6:39 of the second period, Braun blocked a shot by New Jersey forward Mike Cammalleri and left the ice for good 19 seconds later at the next stoppage.
Wingels was slashed by Devils defenseman Jon Merrill on what appeared to be his left hand or wrist with 11:47 left in the third period as the Sharks were on the power play.
"I'm concerned about our drive right now, the life that we bring to the rink and to the games,. I don't know if you want to call it passion, but just that internal drive per person isn't where it needs to be right now. And these are important games."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 5-2 home loss to the New Jersey Devils. More from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
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