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New signings and other tween day bits

Saturday’s Stars @ Sharks game was certainly the most suspenseful 3 goal lead I can remember watching, but my memory is slipping lately.  It was a shame to end it with a crummy, unproductive 5 on 3 power play, but the rest of the game was well-managed.  The Stars didn’t bring their best to the game but everyone will have another go at it tomorrow.  Fingers and toes crossed and all that.

This morning’s lines, for what tween-game-day lines are worth, were the same as in Saturday’s game.  The Joes skated with Marleau, Havlat with Couture and Clowe.  Your bottom six, hard to precisely label with numbers were: Wingels-Desjardins-Winnik and Galiardi-Moore-Mitchell.

On defense we saw White with Braun, Demers with Burns and Boyle with Vlasic.  Murray, though chipper as all get out, was skating with Vandermeer so he is by no means a shoe-in to play tomorrow, not yet.  The fifth line wore orange today.  They were Ferriero, Winchester and Handzus.

In the mean time, I thought I’d compile the latest reports about new Shark signings in case folks missed them.

The first was RW Sebastian Stalberg.  This is really old news, he has already played six games with Worcester and he has two goals including one yesterday.  (For more about yesterday’s regrettable outing, see the Woo-Rewind at Fear the Fin.)  The Sharks signed Stalberg to a two-year entry level contract.  Here’s some of what the Sharks said about him:

Stalberg, 21, led the University of Vermont in goals, assists and points (12-19=31) in 34 games as a junior this season. The brother of Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg, Sebastian also paced his team with six power play goals.

The six-foot, 190-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden registered 78 points (27-51=78) in 106 career games in three seasons at Vermont. During the 2010-11 season, he was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team and earned Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention. He was also a member of the 2009-10 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

That signing was announced on March 14 and Stalberg played his first game with the Worcester Sharks on March 18.

On March 29, the Sharks announced that they’d signed defenseman Matt Tennyson, a Bay Area native.  Of Tennyson, the Sharks said in part:

Tennyson played in 112 games for WMU the last three seasons, posting 49 points (20 goals, 29 assists) and 92 penalty minutes.

A native of Pleasanton, CA, Tennyson becomes the first player in the Sharks system who was developed at Sharks Ice at San Jose in the Jr. Sharks system…

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman previously played for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the United States Hockey League in 2008-09 and the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League in 2007-08 after completing his time with the Jr. Sharks.

The next day, the Sharks announced that they had signed Travis Oleksuk, Center:

Oleksuk, 23, was the second-leading scorer for the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 41 games. He was named 2011-12 All-WCHA (third team) and his 53 points ranked him tied for fourth in all of Division 1 hockey.

As a member of the 2010-11 UMD team, Oleksuk assisted on the game-winning goal that clinched the school’s first National Championship. In 134 career games for UMD, he posted 115 points (45 goals, 70 assists) and scored 15 game-winning goals which tied a school record.

The six-foot, 195-pound native of Thunder Bay, Ontario played two seasons in the United States Hockey League for the Sioux City Musketeers before joining the UMD Bulldogs.

Keep your eyes and ears open about those guys.

Apparently Joe Thornton lost a tooth this morning, while putting in his mouth guard.  Real tooth or not, it has to be a sign, doesn’t it?  Is it a good one or a bad one?  Kids get money for lost teeth, right?  Oh dear, I had to look that up, didn’t I?  As a dream, losing your teeth is commonly interpreted as anxiety about getting old.  There are older, more dire superstitions but come on, Herodotus,  hockey players lose their teeth all the time.  That is so totally a reach.

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net