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SI's Allan Muir gave a very blunt look at the Western Conference's non-playoff teams to determine whether they've really improved themselves this summer, and I haven't read much of anything about the San Jose Sharks yet, so:
San Jose Sharks (89 points, 12th)
Underperforming veterans, sophomore slumps, brutal goaltending and a fractured core combined to make the Sharks last season’s most disappointing team. It would be nice to paint 2014-15 as an aberration but even after a summer of shakeups this group is more likely to replicate its 15th-place finish in goals-for (2.73) and 24th in goals-against (2.76) than match it top-four results of both categories in 2013-14.
GM Doug Wilson brought in a new voice behind the bench in Peter DeBoer and moved on from Antti Niemi by investing in Martin Jones, an unproven starting goalie. There’s potential for improvement with this swap, but the 25-year-old is a work-in-progress. There’s also risk with the addition of defenseman Paul Martin as well. The veteran blueliner is a solid puck mover and reliable minutes muncher, but lacks the physical game to be ideally suited for the rough-and-tumble Western Conference. He should, though, make an impact on a penalty kill that was a miserable 25th last year (78.5%).
Joel Ward brings that missing physical presence and despite being 34 has relatively low mileage. He can elevate up and down the roster as needed and should be a nice add to the top-nine.
It’s tough to rule anyone out in the Pacific, especially with the Canucks looking ready to slide, but the Sharks will need to make their own breaks to earn a spot.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
In yet another move that strongly suggests that the Sharks are back in win-now mode, veteran right wing Joel Ward was signed on Friday to a three-year contract with San Jose.
On the day before July 4, Ward is taking off his red, white and blue to put on teal, leaving the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent. It became evident that Ward would be looking for a new home after Washington added T.J. Oshie via trade with St. Louis, and signed Justin Williams away from Los Angeles earlier this week.
Ward sounded excited to be coming to a club that he still believes can compete for a Stanley Cup.
“The names on the roster speak for themselves. It made the decision pretty easy,” Ward said on a conference call Friday. “I want to win, and give [myself] a chance to hoist the Cup. I thought that was a place that with the roster, I could come in here and fit and try to achieve that goal.”
added 5:33pm, San Jose release is below....
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
If the Capitals decide to spend some of their remaining cash to re-sign Joel Ward, who will otherwise enter unrestricted free agency for the third time in his career, the versatile forward would welcome returning with open arms. According to his agent, speaking via telephone Tuesday, the proverbial puck sits in Washington’s end.
“Washington is his first choice over going to unrestricted free agency,” Peter Cooney said. “We would like to re-sign with Washington and come back. Our door is open for the Capitals, absolutely first and foremost.”
Coming off a starring postseason role in which he tied for the team lead with nine points, facing the end of a four-year deal annually worth $3 million, Ward figures to receive a raise, regardless of his destination. At 34 years old, this could be Ward’s last deal structured longer than two years, and MacLellan already predicted that term length would “be an issue,” provided Ward for asks for a three- or four-year contract, which seems all but certain.
With forwards Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr also entering unrestricted free agency, the Capitals likely won’t bring back both of them and Ward, while still satisfying MacLellan’s stated offseason desire to acquire a top-six winger.
Sportsnet introduced a 'film room' segment during their pre-game show tonight.
Adam Oates, Nick Kypreos and Kelly Hrudey bread down a few plays from Joel Ward.
A few of the Capitals talked post-game, starting off with Joel Ward who took a 4 minute high-sticking penalty which allowed the Rangers to score both the tying and OT goal.
In sports, as often in life, there’s always going to be some reminder, even if you happen to be the president of the United States and the New York Post allows a cartoon to run depicting you as a monkey being shot by the police.
Unfortunately for hockey, this past fall it was a banana tossed onto the ice at the Philadelphia Flyers’ preseason game in London, Ontario, and this week it was the tweets directed at Joel Ward.
Tweets masked as feelings that weren’t about him as much as they were about the society we live in.
-Scoop Jackson of ESPN where you can read more on this issue…
from Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald,
Two Twitter punks who fired off racist rants about Washington Capitals hero Joel Ward are facing possible disciplinary action from their schools while another who apologized said he’s getting death threats.
A spokeswoman for New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University said a student is facing disciplinary action for firing off an expletive-laden tweet using “vile racial slurs.”
“We consider the racism, ignorance, lack of inclusiveness and poor sportsmanship reflected in the student’s actions to be a matter of grave concern, and we are taking immediate action,” the school’s statement said.
The student apologized in a tweet last night, saying: “I was in a state that had me frustrated. I am not racist and never will be. Sorry.”
I’ve been quoted numerous times that I would not be on Twitter unless I had to, and yes I need to be on it in order to follow the latest hockey news. Otherwise, I would have no use for a 140 characters.
Last night, probably a few seconds after Joel Ward scored the racist and vulgar tweets started (the N word is prevalent).
I checked everyone of those Twitter accounts this morning, making sure the person who tweeted was not following me, if they had been, they would have been blocked. Luckily, none of them were.
Some of the accounts have been deleted but the majority are still up and running. I would hope a fellow co-worker or student would take note of what was said by somebody they know, but then again, most of them probably don’t work or go to school. They just exist, a dot on the face of the earth, just taking up space.
NEW YORK (September 20, 2011)— The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced plans to send representatives and hockey ambassadors to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 41st Annual Legislative Conference, marking the first time the hockey community has had a formal presence at the annual public policy gathering.
Among those in attendance will be NHL legend and Hockey is for Everyone™ Ambassador Willie O’Ree, NHL Vice President of Community Affairs Kenneth Martin, Jr., NHL Network analyst and NHL alumnus Kevin Weekes and local Washington, D.C., youth hockey coaching legend and 2010 Bridgestone Mark Messier Leadership Award recipient Neal Henderson. Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward is scheduled to attend the Phoenix Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 24.
“I’ve never lost sight of keeping my foot on the gas. I take nothing for granted. I want to prove to my teammates first that I can fit onto this team and help this team win games. Once I do that, things will fall into place.”
-Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals. More on Ward from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
When the Predators depart today on their annual fathers’ trip, forward Joel Ward will be accompanied by the man that in his own words “taught me the ropes” — how to drive a stick shift, how to tie a tie, how to play a little pool.
The twist here? It’s not his dad.
Randall Ward, the man who inspired Joel to play hockey, died when Joel was 14, days after suffering a stroke in the stands while watching his son play in a youth game.
Three years later, Joel Ward found a second father in Rodger Minard, the man whose family housed Ward when he left home at age 17 to pursue a professional hockey career. Ward would spend the better part of the next four years at the home of Minard and his wife — raiding the pantry, sleeping late whenever he could and forming bonds that have carried on to this day.