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Howe Family Asks The NHLPA To Present Gordie’s Stick From His Last NHL Game To Patrick Marleau

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Patrick Marleau was given a special gift by the NHL Players’ Association before the Sharks played the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at SAP Center.

At the request of Gordie Howe’s family, the NHLPA presented Marleau with the stick used by Howe in his 1,767th and final NHL game on April 6, 1980.

The stick had been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and will be replaced by a stick used by Marleau on April 19 when he played in his 1,768th career game and broke Howe’s all-time record.

The Sharks also presented Marleau with a custom painting by Lucasfilm and Disney Master Artist Kevin-John, which is of him and Howe.

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Below, a tweet the Sharks sent out which includes a picture of the stick.  You can also see it within the article.

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All Evander Kane

from Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic,

What has it been like to have the best year of your career in what must be one of the most challenging years of your life?

It’s actually not. It’s not the most challenging year of my life. Not by a long shot. I have taken a lot of relief and the best I have felt in a long time. Yes, it’s been stressful to deal with a lot of the bankruptcy. It’s definitely been stressful. But it was a relief because I didn’t have to try and hide it anymore. I didn’t have to try to pretend. It was a big weight off my shoulders in a way. For years, I was dealing with all these things. It’s having that constant stress. Everybody has stress. But once I made that decision (to file for bankruptcy), people think it is the start of something. Really, it’s the end of this chapter of my life. I think that is where the big misconception is about this. I have a wife that I’ve been married to for almost three years. I have my daughter who turned 10 months two days ago. When you grow up, there’s different decisions you have to make. They are not always easy. But for me, it was the best decision I have made in a long time.

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Video- Game 1768 For Patrick Marleau

Congrats Patrick Marleau.  If Gordie Howe was still around, he would have been the first to shake your hand, of course followed by a sneaky elbow to the ribs.

 

 

added 10:31pm, Below a longer version with Randy Hahn, the TV voice of the San Jose Sharks.

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Video- Patrick Marleau Visits With Ron MacLean And Kelly Hrudey

Before Saturday's game.

via Sportsnet,

Patrick Marleau joined Ron MacLean and Kelly Hrudey to talk about tying Gordie Howe’s record for NHL games played, and looks back at his favourite memories of the legendary Howe.

 

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Patrick Marleau About To Replace Gordie Howe In Most Games Played

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Growing up in Aneroid, Saskatchewan, Patrick Marleau looked to see which players from his province had made the NHL. At the top of the list was one of the greatest of all time, the one who had played more NHL games than anyone else, Gordie Howe.

"It gives you hope," he said. "It gives you hope that maybe that could be me one day playing in the NHL, since these other guys before me did it coming from small farming communities in Saskatchewan."

Playing in the NHL is an accomplishment in itself. Out of everyone who has laced up a pair of skates, only 8,102 have appeared in the League in more than a century, starting with its first season in 1917-18. The number is 8,074 including only the regular season.

Marleau is about to reach one of the greatest milestones in the sport considering that, and it's all the more special because he is passing none other than Mr. Hockey. Marleau is scheduled to tie Howe's record of 1,767 NHL regular-season games when the San Jose Sharks play at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV) and break it at the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.

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Nick Foligno To Toronto

Through San Jose means taking on $$$.

added 6:05pm,

 

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Devan Dubnyk Now A Member Of The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Dubnyk, 34, has a 3-9-2 record, 3.18 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage with the Sharks this season. He has skated in 537 NHL games over a 12-year career with the  Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and San Jose, recording a 250-204-54 career record with a 2.60 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound netminder has an 8-18 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all with Minnesota, and is the Wild’s all-time leader in playoff games played (26), wins (8) and shutouts (2).

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Videos- San Jose Sharks Are Not Happy With A Faceoff Violation

Bob Boughner's post game reaction is below the first video.  The Sharks lost 5-2 to the Blues.

 

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The Plan For The San Jose Sharks Next Season

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Using the term ‘reset’ but stopping short of saying his team is in a rebuild, general manager Doug Wilson reaffirmed his commitment to giving younger players opportunities while keeping several of his core players together, and believes the Sharks can be in a better position in 2022.

“Are we in the window to win a Stanley Cup this year? That’s highly unlikely,” Wilson said. “Are we going to compete to try and make the playoffs? Yes we are. Are we going to commit to the reset and to younger players getting opportunities? Yes we are.”

“We don’t put a timeline on it. But we think that there’s no reason why we can’t be back in a very good position next season.”

Wilson said last season the expectation for the Sharks was to get back into the playoffs the following year, and owner Hasso Platter issued a statement in January 2020 saying he supported Wilson’s plan to get the team “back on track.”

However, the Sharks are on pace to miss the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in Wilson’s 18-year tenure as general manager. They entered Friday in eighth and last place in the West Division, nine points back of the Colorado Avalanche for the fourth and final playoff spot.

“This team can get back to a very good level, but we need the young players to step up,” Wilson said. “That’s really the window that we’re in. Sometimes you take a step backward to take two steps forward.”

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Some Twists And Turns Possible Regarding The Bankruptcy Filing Of Evander Kane

from Daniel Kaplan and Kevin Kurz of The Athletic,

Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks have informed federal bankruptcy court that they are considering ending Kane’s contract. The seven-year, $49 million pact, signed in 2018, has $29 million remaining, according to creditor filings.

Kane in January filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing debts of $26.8 million and assets of $10.2 million. This move is sure to spark ferocious opposition from creditors, several of whom are banks whose loans to Kane are secured by his contract.

Why would Kane consider negating his lucrative contract? The creditor source said it is unclear, but given the emerging vitriol between the parties, Kane may want to deprive creditors of their main source of financial redress. Athlete bankruptcies are not uncommon, but the harsh friction already evident between Kane and the creditors is.

A similar question is, why would the Sharks, who are not a party to the bankruptcy, sign on to this week’s motion? Could the team see this as a way to get out from under a pricey contract as financial losses mount because of the pandemic?

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