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Sharks updates after one week of NHL Free Agency

At the arbitration filing deadline, T.J. Galiardi tried to make things a little interesting for Sharks fans.  The matter will not go to arbitration, as yesterday Galiardi announced on Twitter that he had signed a contract.  David Pollak confirmed that the contract is for one year.

I will also take the McCarthy and Matsumoto signings as confirmed despite no official word from San Jose.  Add to those, from the same source:

@210Darryl: “I can confirm that the #WorSharks have signed Ferris State goaltender Taylor Nelson to a contract. He will likely play in ECHL this season.”

John McCarthy’s name appeared on the Sharks web roster a few days ago.  Some days before that, Tim Kennedy’s turned up, though I could find no other mention anywhere that he had accepted the Sharks’ offer.   Surely someone told the webmaster to add his name, so I guess we can consider him signed as well.

The rumor mill generated enough noxious odor to cause David Pollak to respond with a blog post about two high-profile Sharks and the details of their contracts.  So, in case anyone didn’t know it yet, both Martin Havlat and Patrick Marleau do have no movement clauses in their contracts.  Similarly, Dan Boyle would have to be asked for a list of teams if Wilson was in the process of trading him.  Boyle told Pollak that he hasn’t been asked, and Marleau implied the same.  None of that is definitive but it certainly makes me wonder how Montreal and Toronto would enter the conversation, even at a crazy party like Twitter.

The Sharks development camp opens tomorrow.  It is closed to the public.  I can understand their logic, that the young players don’t need the distraction of spectators.  Still, it stings to see the tweets about other development camps.  It sounds like fun, a nice break from the usual offseason heat.

imageAlthough I like breaks and distractions, I don’t appreciate people spreading rumors for our amusement.  I don’t mind opinions, unless they are phrased so as to sound like facts.  For a writer to say “I think the Sharks should trade Patrick Marleau” is fine, even if it draws attention to the writer in a way that old school journalism discourages.  Far better to break that rule than to assert that the Sharks are “itching” to move him.  If you say that, you had better back it up with more than vague “sources.”

There was a rumor at the end of last month saying that Roberto Luongo had been dealt to Florida.  Someone with a good reputation for not lying got fooled, retweeted it, and that got a little crazy for a bit.  What harm does that do?  Well, aside from possibly requiring interested parties to refute the story, not much.  It’s still lying, even if that rumor was more plausible than some.

Does the public need to know what’s going on in negotiations before they are finalized?  No, but we like to because we’re nosy.  Does it interfere with said negotiations to publicize them?  Perhaps.

I think a good way to feed the public’s curiosity would be to simply announce any done deals as soon as they happen.  It gives us something better to contemplate than some megalomaniacal tweeter’s fantasies.

Jon Allred did a very good, detailed post for Fear the Fin about several of the new signings and what they mean for the Worcester team.  As for the contracts not yet confirmed by San Jose:

@brodiebrazilCSN: “Galiardi’s 1-year deal with #sjsharks likely announced official by team tomorrow, or very soon after.”

So we’ll hear something today?  I won’t hold my breath.  It’s one thing for writers to chose not to cover minor league signings, but it seems like the team should promptly announce all contracts, big and small.  Besides, if we don’t know anything about a player, we can kill some time finding out about him.  Better to do that than chase Twitter gossips around.  There is a reason they used to put gossips in the stocks.   They disrupt the flow of information while contributing nothing of value, and they should be identified and mocked accordingly.  True, gossips usually wore a brank, which is a horrible thing.  I prefer the stocks- better for throwing rotten food at the offender.

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  Tags: john+mccarthy, jon+matsumoto, martin+havlat, patrick+marleau, rumors, t.j.+galiardi, taylor+nelson, worcester+sharks

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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