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4 or 5 like Braun

Cap Geek released the details of the new contracts for Andrew Desjardins (1 year, $640k) and Justin Braun (3 years with average cap hit of $1.25m).  Information about Tommy Wingels’ contract was released a little earlier, but to make the list complete, he has a 2 year contract with a cap hit of $775k.  Also made official yesterday was Brad Stuart’s contract, 3 years at $3.6m.

So, what next?  The Sharks are still looking for a winger or two, and they are a little cap heavy on defense.  Numbers-wise, there are only 7 NHL defensemen under contract.  If they decide they cannot have so much cap space wrapped up on defense, they will have to move one of the blue liners to get that winger they want.  “That winger…” Gee, where have I heard that before?  Oh well, at least they’re not shopping for defense.

Moving a defenseman out would leave them with Worcester prospects or someone from free agency to fill in the seventh spot.  How confident are they that they could go into next season with only Worcester players to fill in as the seventh defenseman?  Last season the team used all 8 defensemen, even called up a 9th at one point.  So, are the Sharks ready to start with only 6 proven NHL d-men now?

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  Tags: jason+demers, justin+braun, kurt+gogol, matt+irwin, nick+petrecki, sena+acolatse, taylor+doherty, worcester+sharks

New lines, old lines, Sharks play tonight

Tonight’s lineup features Vlasic’s return but no Burns, the second line on top (minus Havlat, plus Ferriero) and a new mix of lower lines: McCarthy-Desjardins-Wingels, Mashinter-Guite-MacIntyre.  Oh, and the McGinn-Handzus-Mitchell line which isn’t at all new. 

Nemo was back on the ice for practice.  Praise the hockey gods.  Petrecki is also ready to play, after quietly finishing hip rehab.  I wondered where he was disappearing to during scrimmages.  He will be with Vlasic, Braun with Vandermeer and White with Demers.  I keep seeing White listed as “C White” instead of just “White.”  I know we had another White last season but let it go already, Colin is our new White, I think it is safe to just say “White.”

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  Tags: brodie+reid, colin+white, james+livingston, marc-edouard+vlasic, marek+viedensky, matt+irwin, mike+connolly, nick+petrecki, pre-season, taylor+doherty, thomas+greiss

Chill, it’s only September

Chicken Little checking in from Sharks Ice. 

The Czech word for the color orange is not the same as the word for orange the fruit.  I find that curious.  Similarly, I wonder how it is that I avoided ascribing any significance to Havlat wearing orange, then panicked when it did occur to me that it was odd, then took comfort in the news that the Sharks no-contact color is NOT orange, only to be flung back into a state of alarm by the news that Havlat is, in fact, not 100%.  Yet.  I guess orange doesn’t mean what I thought it did, and yet there it is, sitting right next to what I thought it was.  It’s not fair, it’s way too confusing.

As I ran back and forth thus headless, more than one person told me to chill, that there was no need to panic.  Intellectually, I know this.  Viscerally, I can’t stop freaking out.  It’s just too much information of the wrong kind.

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