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Kane’s 3 Goals in 1st Lead Sharks past Hurricanes 5-22019-10-17

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Evander Kane became the first San Jose player to score three goals in the opening period of a game and the Sharks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Kane opened the scoring at even s...

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Hertl Has Goal and Assist as Sharks Top Flames 3-12019-10-14

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Sunday night.
Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc also scored as San Jose won their second straight after an 0-3-0 start. Logan Couture had two a...

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Marleau Helps Sharks Beat Blackhawks 5-4 for 1st Win2019-10-11

CHICAGO — Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his first game back with San Jose, and the Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.
Barclay Goodrow snapped a third-period tie and Brent Burns scored h...

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Former Maple Leaf Patrick Marleau’s Sudden Re-emergence2019-10-11

To build the team that the Toronto Maple Leafs ice this season, general manager Kyle Dubas had to do some heavy lifting. Issues had to be solved so that the team’s salary structure could fit under the upper limit of the salary cap. For that to happen, players had to be moved. For Maple Leafs […]

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Sharks Bring Back Longtime Captain Marleau on One-Year Deal2019-10-10

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Sharks longtime captain Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose where he is the franchise leader in five major categories, signing a one-year contract Wednesday.
An unrestricted free agent who is a three-time All-Star, Marlea...

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NHL Rumors: Sharks, Red Wings, Honka, More2019-10-10

In today’s edition of NHL Rumors, are the San Jose Sharks looking to make a move? Will the Detroit Red Wings deal from their defensive depth? And what’s the latest on Julius Honka? Plus, the Vancouver Canucks named Bo Horvat captain and Wayne Simmonds had an emotional night in his return to Philadelphia. Related: NHL […]

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Josi Scores Twice as Predators Beat Struggling Sharks 5-22019-10-09

NASHVILLE — Roman Josi scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Dante Fabbro also scored for the Predators, who have won two of three to start the seaso...

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THW’s Goalie News: Hellebuyck, Hainsworth, and Jones2019-10-09

Today, we celebrate the career of a lesser-known Hall of Fame member and take a look at Connor Hellebuyck, who gave one of the more impressive goaltending performances of the young season. Let’s start there. Hellebuyck Bails Out Winnipeg Times are tough for the Winnipeg Jets. In advance of today’s matchup, much was made of […]

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San Jose Faces Nashville on Three-Game Slide2019-10-08

San Jose Sharks (0-3-0, eighth in the Pacific Division) vs. Nashville Predators (1-1-0, third in the Central Division)
Nashville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Jose heads into the matchup with Nashville as losers of three in a row.
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Sharks Sign Marleau2019-10-08

The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Patrick Marleau to a one-year contract worth $700,000, the team announced Tuesday. The Sharks were among the teams reportedly interested in the services of the 40-year-old veteran and ultimately brought him home to the team that he called home for nearly 20 years. Drafted second overall in 1997 […]

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McDavid Has 4 Points as Oilers Down Kings 6-52019-10-06

EDMONTON — James Neal had a pair of goals and Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers won their second in a row to start the season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-5 in an offensive slugfest on Saturday.
Zack Kassian, Joak...

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Getzlaf, Kase Send Unbeaten Ducks past Winless Sharks, 3-12019-10-06

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored, Ondrej Kase had two assists and the Anaheim Ducks remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over the winless San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
Adam Henrique and Michael Del Zotto also scored and John Gibson ma...

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Nosek Scores 2, Leads Golden Knights to 5-1 Win over Sharks2019-10-05

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Nosek scored two goals and had an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Friday night.
Nosek and Brayden McNabb scored in a 90-second span late in the second period ...

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Sharks Play Ducks in Division Matchup2019-10-05

San Jose Sharks (0-2-0, seventh in the Pacific Division) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-0-0, third in the Pacific Division)
Anaheim, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Jose takes on Anaheim in a matchup of Pacific Division teams.
Anaheim finished...

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Golden Knights and Sharks Meet in Division Battle2019-10-04

Vegas Golden Knights (1-0-0, first in the Pacific Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (0-1-0, seventh in the Pacific Division)
San Jose, California; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Pacific Division foes San Jose and Vegas face off.
San Jose went 46-27-9 ...

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Smith Nets 2, Glass Scores in Debut as Vegas Tops Sharks 4-12019-10-03

LAS VEGAS — Reilly Smith had two goals, Cody Glass scored the first of his career and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Mark Stone also scored for the Golden Knights.
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Sharks’ Kane Suspended 3 Games2019-10-01

NEW YORK — San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season for abuse of an official.
The punishment handed out Tuesday comes after a run-in Kane had with Vegas' Deryk Engelland in a preseason game on Sund...

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Reaves & Kane: The Chirpfest Continues2019-09-25

Birds sing their morning songs with more melody. The colors of the rainbows appear more colorful. Stars twinkle that much brighter in the midnight sky. The bromance continues to brew between Ryan Reaves and Evander Kane. And it’s showing no signs of letting up. Reaves, at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, is always willing to drop […]

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Healthy Erik Karlsson Key to Sharks’ Success This Season2019-09-23

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson arrived in San Jose during training camp a year ago as the potential difference-maker who could push the Sharks over the top and make them champions for the first time in franchise history.
An adjustment period and then...

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Dillon Dube Leads Flames past Sharks Preseason Win2019-09-19

CALGARY — Dillon Dube had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 6-4 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in NHL pre-season action.
Sean Monahan, Alan Quine, Adam Ruzicka, Derek Ryan and Johnny Gaudreau, credited with an empty netter...

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Sharks Add the “C” to Couture’s Sweater2019-09-12

The San Jose Sharks lost their captain when Joe Pavelski signed a new three-year contract with the Dallas Stars back on July 1. The team named their new captain on Thursday by announcing that the “C” will now be stitched to the sweater of Logan Couture. Sharks Make the Obvious Choice Couture becomes the 10th […]

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Tape2Tape: Patrick Marleau, the Forgotten Leader2019-09-09

It’s a game that favours youth now – at least that seems to be the trend in the NHL these days. Teams are more willing to give opportunities to younger players and bring veterans in on professional tryouts (PTOs) than pay an established player whose career seems to be tailing off. For Patrick Marleau, that […]

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Sharks Bring Back Thornton on One-Year Deal2019-09-06

The San Jose Sharks are preparing for another deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season and they added some reinforcements on Friday. The team announced this morning that they have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran center Joe Thornton. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, the deal is worth […]

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Sharks Justified Choosing Thornton Over Marleau2019-09-06

It shouldn’t be a surprise the San Jose Sharks are overlooking free-agent Patrick Marleau heading into 2019-20. Nor should it be one that fellow-40-year-old Joe Thornton remains in their sights all the while. Marleau Not Returning to Sharks It’s perfectly understandable that fans would connect the Sharks with Marleau, considering the two sides spent 19 […]

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Can Sharks’ Ryan Merkley Be Fixed?2019-09-01

Hyped before his draft year as a potential top-five selection in 2018’s deep draft class, defenseman Ryan Merkley has all the tools to be an elite defenseman. He ended up falling to the 21st pick where he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks. Why the fall? Offense Merkley posted 67 points in 63 games […]

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NHL Rumors: Hall, Flames, Blues, Sharks, More2019-08-15

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are whispers on what Taylor Hall’s next deal might look like and there are some options floating around for the Calgary Flames who are in the market for a defenseman. Finally, there are updates on Ivan Barbashev out of St. Louis and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau out of […]

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NHL Rumors: Bruins, Sharks, Ristolainen Trade, More2019-08-11

In today’s NHL rumor rundown there are updates on the deal the Boston Bruins might be working on with Charlie McAvoy, Kevin Labanc of the San Jose Sharks made some interesting comments, and did Rasmus Ristolainen just say he’s asked the Buffalo Sabres to be traded? Bruins Dropping Clues on McAvoy Deal James Murphy of […]

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Sharks Must Finally Make Couture Captain2019-08-10

Logan Couture has been with the San Jose Sharks long enough, but, more to the point, he’ll be sticking around too. That makes him the easy choice to become the team’s next captain. The Sharks Heart Couture The 30-year-old is entering his 11th season in the NHL, all with the Sharks. This will be the […]

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Sharks’ Offseason Uncertain With Key Free Agents2019-05-24

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If Joe Thornton comes back for a 22nd season in the NHL, it would only be with the San Jose Sharks. Captain Joe Pavelski is confident he will get a deal done to stay with the franchise he joined as a draft pick back in 2003.
The situ...

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Blues Beat Sharks to Earn 1st Stanley Cup Final Trip in Almost 50 Years2019-05-22

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues are marching into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in decades.
David Perron had a goal and an assist, Jordan Binnington picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win and the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 i...

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Many Departures Anticipated in Sharks Territory2019-05-22

With the 2018-19 San Jose Sharks season ending in the Western Conference Final at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, the team’s future has begun. This offseason, in particular, the future is coming fast, with substantial change expected in the next few weeks. After an ‘all-in’ season which came up short, the Sharks will […]

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Blues Hoping to Close out Series With Sharks at Home2019-05-21

San Jose Sharks (46-27-9, second in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. St. Louis Blues (45-28-9, third in the Central Division during the regular season)
St. Louis; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: St. Louis leads series ...

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The San Jose Sharks’ $100 Million Roster2019-05-21

The National Hockey League has a salary cap, which roughly translates to the total amount of money a team can pay their full team of players. In practice, there are plenty of areas where the salary cap is disconnected from player value, enabling a team to stay under the salary cap while assembling a roster […]

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NHL News & Notes: Karlsson & Hertl, Forsbacka Karlsson & More2019-05-21

In today’s News & Notes, Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference Final for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins’ forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson is going to play in Sweden for the 2019-20 season and both Calvin de Haan and Jordan Martinook have undergone medical procedures. Karlsson and Hertl […]

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Blues on Brink of Cup final With Win Over Sharks2019-05-20

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St. Louis to the brink of its first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century...

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Sharks Dealing with Key Injuries Heading into Game 62019-05-20

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks could be headed into their fifth elimination game of the post-season short-handed.
The Sharks left town Monday to play Game 6 of the Western Conference final at St. Louis with questions about the status of captain...

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Sharks & Blues Square off With Series Tied2019-05-19

St. Louis Blues (45-28-9, third in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. San Jose Sharks (46-27-9, second in the Pacific Division during the regular season)
San Jose, California; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Series tied 2...

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Blues Squeak by Sharks to Tie the Series2019-05-18

ST. LOUIS — Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this post-season and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.
Tyler Bozak...

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Sharks Carry Fortunate 2-1 Lead Into Game 4 Against the Blues2019-05-17

San Jose Sharks (46-27-9, second in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. St. Louis Blues (45-28-9, third in the Central Division during the regular season)
St. Louis; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: San Jose leads series 2-...

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Sharks Beat Blues – Missed Hand-Pass Leads to Game-Winner2019-05-16

ST. LOUIS — Erik Karlsson scored 5:23 into overtime after the officials missed a hand pass by Timo Meier, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.
Meier used ...

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Blues & Sharks Series – Controversy & Questions Cloud Game 32019-05-16

The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks played a very tight Game 3 in the Western Conference Final last night, with two-goal games by Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, and David Perron, and strong performances from a variety of different players. Related: Sharks Beat Blues – Missed Hand-Pass Leads to Game-Winner All of that was […]

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Couture Again Steps up for Sharks in Postseason2019-05-14

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Logan Couture got San Jose started in the opener of the Western Conference final against St. Louis by finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. He sealed the win with an empty-net goal, and in between, he did everything else the Sharks needed on ...

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Blues Defence Beats Sharks in Game 2 to Tie Series2019-05-14

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Defencemen Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo scored second-period goals that helped the St. Louis Blues overcome another big game from San Jose's Logan Couture with a 4-2 victory Monday night that tied the Western Conference final at on...

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Sharks Open Window of Opportunity Versus Blues2019-05-13

The Stanley Cup playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues opened on Saturday night at the Shark Tank, with the home team posting a 6-3 win. Game 1 is a single game in a best-of-seven series, and often the least important game in a series, at least as far as the […]

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Sharks Exploit Blues’ Defense for Game 1 Win2019-05-12

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Timo Meier scored twice and set up one of Logan Couture's two goals with a hard hit, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Saturday night.
Meier's hit on Alex ...

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Blues & Sharks Success Sparked by Good Goaltending2019-05-11

SAN JOSE, Calif. — St. Louis' season started to turn around as soon as goalie Jordan Binnington came up from the minors to help lead the Blues from the bottom of the standings.
The key moment for their opponent in the Western Conference final came much...

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A San Jose Sharks’ Fan Guide to the St. Louis Blues2019-05-10

The St. Louis Blues have done the unthinkable, coming back from being one of the worst teams in the entire league, to pushing all the way into the Western Conference Final. Now, they have a date with the San Jose Sharks, with Game 1 coming on Saturday night in California. For the first two series, […]

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A Blues Fan Guide to the Sharks2019-05-10

It wasn’t all that long ago when San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues met in the Western Conference Final. They’ll met again this season and it is a different Sharks team, even if most names are familiar. For those Blues fans who want to learn about the Sharks, The Hockey Writers is here to […]

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Youngsters Making an Impact in the NHL Playoffs2019-05-10

This season’s NHL Playoffs have been arguably the most unpredictable and exciting in a while, with an upset-filled first round that set the table for furious and hotly-contested final rounds. Several of the league’s top preseason contenders were bounced early. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning lost in a shocking sweep to the upstart Columbus […]

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Sharks Beat Avalanche in Game 7 – Pavelski Leads the Way2019-05-09

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Captain Joe Pavelski made a triumphant return from a gruesome head injury by posting a goal and an assist in the first period that helped send the San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado...

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Sharks Survive Avalanche to Advance2019-05-09

It wasn’t easy or pretty and certainly not convincing, but the San Jose Sharks did enough to get by the Colorado Avalanche in their seven-game series. The series finale proved intense, with the Sharks prevailing 3-2 on home ice.  Fortune in Game 7 The Sharks posted one of the more fortunate wins in playoff history […]

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Pavelski Helps Sharks Back to Conference Final2019-05-09

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ever since Joe Pavelski went down with a gruesome head injury in the first round of the playoffs, the mantra for the San Jose Sharks has been to stay alive in the post-season long enough for their captain to come back to the ice.
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Futures Collide in Sharks-Avalanche Game 72019-05-08

With the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche tied in the series, the teams head to San Jose for Wednesday’s Game 7 decider.  Colorado has proven tough and effective against the Sharks. Netminder Philipp Grubauer has been superb, giving the Avs a chance to win in almost every game. Through four games of the series, […]

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2018-19 NHL in Review: Couture Sets Sharks Mark2019-05-08

A season filled with milestones, the 2018-19 NHL campaign was a good one from a statistical standpoint. Whether it was individual marks or franchise records, there were a number of special moments from the past season. Over the next little while, we’ll look back at some of the biggest moments from the past seven months […]

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Avalanche Win in Overtime to Force Game 7 With Sharks2019-05-07

DENVER — Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime after Colorado squandered a late lead in regulation and the Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Lan...

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Sharks Hope for Pavelski’s Return for Game 72019-05-07

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Captain Joe Pavelski was getting staples put into his bloody head when the San Jose Sharks staged an epic comeback in Game 7 of the opening round against Vegas.
Now that the Sharks have been forced into another ultimate game after mi...

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Tortorella Promises Game 7 – Sharks Look to Close out Avs2019-05-06

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets are one loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins.
But Columbus coach John Tortorella said it's not going to occur on home ice in Game 6.
"Things happen for a reason, and I truly b...

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Sharks Take Avalanche in Game 5 for Series Lead2019-05-05

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the game with 13:34 remaining in the third period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 5 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference sem...

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Avalanche Blank Sharks to Even Series Heading Back to San Jose2019-05-03

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon kept up his scoring spree with a second-period goal, Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots for his first career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 Thursday night to tie the Western Conference s...

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Blue Jackets Marking History, Sharks & Avs Ignoring Records2019-05-02

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs.
Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in...

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San Jose Sharks’ Rotating Cast of Heroes2019-05-02

In Game 3 of their series with Colorado Avalanche, the San Jose Sharks were led by Logan Couture, who posted his first playoff hat trick in the Sharks 4-2 win. They now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.  If it seems like Sharks have a different hero in each win, well, they do. The Sharks have […]

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Sharks Beat Avalanche to Take Series Lead on Couture’s Hat Trick2019-05-01

DENVER — Logan Couture scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Couture sent a shot ov...

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Sharks Optimistic With Healthy Karlsson & Blue Jackets Seeing New Bobrovsky2019-04-30

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson took the puck behind his own net and went on the type of end-to-end rush that has made him one of the NHL's most dynamic defencemen.
Even though Karlsson's rush didn't lead to a goal and came in San Jose's 4-3 loss in G...

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Avalanche Beat Sharks to Even Series Heading to Colorado2019-04-29

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tyson Barrie scored the tiebreaking goal and assisted on two others, sending the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday that tied the second-round series at a game apiece.
The Avalanche were in danger ...

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NHL News & Notes: Nedeljkovic, Ferraro & More2019-04-29

In today’s News & Notes, the Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Alex Nedeljkovic, the San Jose Sharks have signed Mario Ferraro and the Dallas Stars have signed Emil Djuse. Hurricanes Recall Nedeljkovic The Hurricanes have recalled Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers ahead of Wednesday Night’s Game 3. This was an expected move with Peter Mrazek exiting […]

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‘Beard Brothers’ Lead the San Jose Sharks2019-04-28

In the opening game of the playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks’ iconically bearded players showed up often. One beard belongs to Norris Trophy finalist Brent Burns, the other to future Hall-of-Famer Joe Thornton. The bearded duo was in all five scores in the Sharks’ 5-2 win. Burns dominated […]

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Sharks Use 2nd Period Outburst to Down Avalanche in Game 12019-04-27

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton sparked a three-goal outburst in the second period after San Jose killed off a four-minute penalty, leading the Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Friday...

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THW Podcast – Ep. 20 – NHL Playoffs: Brandon & Zeke Talk Sharks2019-04-27

On this edition of the Hockey Writers Podcast, Brandon fills in for Jim who was unable to host this week. The special guest is Zeke from The Hockey Writers to chat the San Jose Sharks first-round victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. An exciting first round of the playoffs was highlighted (or low-lighted depending on […]

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An Avalanche Fan Guide to the San Jose Sharks2019-04-26

Fans of the Colorado Avalanche have not had much Stanley Cup playoff hockey to watch in recent seasons, and I don’t expect many are too familiar with their upcoming opponent, the San Jose Sharks. For starters, they occupy different divisions and haven’t met in a playoff series in ages –though they have in the distant […]

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Banged-Up Sharks Prepare for Rested Avalanche and the 2nd Round2019-04-26

SAN JOSE, Calif. — As the San Jose Sharks survived back-to-back overtime games that left captain Joe Pavelski bloodied and dazed, and most of his teammates drained emotionally and physically, the Colorado Avalanche sat back and watched.
Whether that wi...

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NHL News & Notes: Thompson, Hyman & More2019-04-25

In today’s News & Notes, the Montreal Canadiens have signed Nate Thompson to an extension, Zach Hyman is set to undergo ACL surgery and Joe Pavelski is day-to-day. Thompson Signs Contract Extension While the last eight teams in the NHL are preparing for the second round of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are one of […]

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Sharks Rally for Game 7 Win Over Golden Knights2019-04-24

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Barclay Goodrow scored 18:19 into overtime to send San Jose into the second round of the playoffs with a 5-4 win Tuesday night, capping a wild Game 7 that featured the Sharks erasing a three-goal deficit by scoring four times on a di...

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Sharks Comeback Sparked by Injury…Golden Knights Feel Burned2019-04-24

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski's head slammed to the ice, blood pooling nearby after he took an awkward fall following cross-check by Cody Eakin.
As Pavelski was helped to the locker room by his teammates, the officials huddled to decide what sort of ...

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Bill King Perfectly Explains the San Jose Sharks2019-04-24

There are few, if any, sports broadcasters who will ever match colorful Bay Area legend Bill King. King had some of sports most memorable calls in some of sports most stunning moments. So I’ll borrow from him to describe the San Jose Sharks comeback win over the Vegas Golden knights.  “The most zany, unbelievable, improbable, […]

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Sharks Reach Game 7 With Help of ‘Steady Eddie’2019-04-23

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks went off the rails a bit soon after shutdown defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit with a puck that sidelined him for two-plus games.
The fact that the tenor of their first-round series against the Vegas Golden K...

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NHL News & Notes: Bogosian, Kellman & More2019-04-23

In today’s News & Notes, Zach Bogosian has undergone successful hip surgery, Joel Kellman has signed with the San Jose Sharks and two Game 7 match-ups are set to take place Tuesday night. Bogosian Out 5-6 Months Bogosian underwent successful hip surgery, according to the Buffalo Sabres. This procedure carries a five-to-six month recovery timeline […]

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Sharks Need Double Overtime to Beat Golden Knights and Force Game 72019-04-22

LAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Just 31 seconds after Barcla...

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The Inexplicable San Jose Sharks2019-04-21

Nothing about the San Jose Sharks playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights makes much sense. In two games, the Sharks have been the clearly better team. Strong goaltending, mostly solid defense and power hockey have been the formula for success. In the three games between the the two Sharks wins sit three Sharks defeats. […]

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Sharks Down Golden Knights to Extend Series2019-04-19

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tomas Hertl got San Jose off to the fast start that had been missing the past three games, Martin Jones came up with the big saves and the Sharks staved off elimination by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 5 of their first...

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San Jose Sharks on the Brink2019-04-18

After a win to open their playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the San Jose Sharks have lost three straight and are now a game away from ending a season which once held Stanley Cup expectations.  There was no mystery when it came to what the Sharks needed to do. We even developed a […]

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Fleury Gets 15th Playoff Shutout, Golden Knights Beat Sharks 5-02019-04-17

LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 15th playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-0 on Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference series.
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Sharks Overwhelmed by Golden Knights2019-04-16

In their playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the San Jose Sharks are getting beaten in most every way imaginable. They are getting beaten at the start and beaten at the finish. They are getting beaten physically and mentally. Even when the Sharks have a man advantage, they can’t beat the Golden Knights; the […]

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Golden Knights Top Sharks – Stone Nets Hat Trick2019-04-15

LAS VEGAS — Mark Stone had three goals and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Paul Stastny collected two goals and three assists as Vegas captur...

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NHL News & Notes: Kadri, Vigneault, Simmonds & More2019-04-15

In today’s News & Notes, Nazem Kadri has been suspended, the Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their head coach, the Nashville Predators will be without Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle for a while and Joe Thornton will have a hearing for an illegal check to the head. Kadri Suspended for Remainder of the […]

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Golden Knights Tie Series With Sharks2019-04-13

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mark Stone scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play created by a penalty that negated an apparent San Jose goal and the Vegas Golden Knights responded after blowing a three-goal lead in the first period to beat the Sharks 5-3 on F...

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San Jose Sharks’ Poise Comes Up Large2019-04-12

In the opening playoff series last season, the San Jose Sharks played an undisciplined Anaheim Ducks team and swept them in just four games. The more poised team won every game. In the playoff opener this season against the Vegas Golden Knights, the more poised team won again. Vegas and San Jose, Game 1 The […]

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Sharks Beat Golden Knights With Help of Pavelski’s Chin2019-04-11

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Pavelski took a puck off his chin to score the opening goal and the San Jose Sharks raced past the Vegas Golden Knights with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic an...

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Sharks’ Checklist for Success Against Golden Knights2019-04-10

On Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks begin their quest for a Stanley Cup with an opening round series against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights are a formidable foe, and they have had great success against the Sharks. This alone is cause for concern, but it goes beyond this. The Sharks enter the Stanley […]

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Golden Knights vs Sharks: Key Players2019-04-10

All of the remaining teams have a legitimate chance to win the Stanley Cup. Not a chance as in, “they made it, so they technically have a chance.” No, every team has a real shot to win the whole thing. Making the playoffs is the hard part. A long season of 82 hard-fought, grueling games […]

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Healthy Joe Thornton Is Key for Sharks2019-04-10

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton's contributions to the San Jose Sharks in last year's playoff series against Vegas were limited to pregame warmups and leadership.
After being hampered by knee injuries the past two postseasons, Thornton is healthy to st...

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A Golden Knights Fan Guide to the San Jose Sharks2019-04-09

Fans of the Vegas Golden Knights are comfortable viewers of Stanley Cup playoff hockey, and many are familiar with their upcoming opponent, the San Jose Sharks. For those who aren’t or want a deeper dive, The Hockey Writers is here to help. We’ll go over the roster, give you a feel for the team and […]

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Sharks’ Belief in Goalie Remains High Despite Down Season2019-04-09

SAN JOSE, Calif. — With nine players with at least 50 points, four 30-goal scorers and three world-class defencemen, the San Jose Sharks have almost all the ingredients necessary to make a long playoff run.
The one major question facing the Sharks is i...

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Sharks Road From Leading Contender to Longshot2019-04-08

It happened quickly. The San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames were battling for first place in the Western Conference with less than a month to go in the season. The Sharks were winning and the schedule had turned less-than-daunting for the rest of the way. It looked as if they were the juggernaut others would […]

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Sharks Bury Avalanche – Kane Scores 30th2019-04-07

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Evander Kane scored to make San Jose the first team in 10 years with at least four 30-goal scorers and the Sharks wrapped up the second-best record in the Western Conference by beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday night.
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Joe Thornton’s Legendary Season2019-04-05

Less than an hour’s drive from San Jose live the slender, giant coastal redwood trees. A few hours inland, the Sequioa grow almost as tall, but it is their giant diameter which stands out. When one walks among these trees, it is intuitively understood, you are walking amongst something timeless –you are among legends. San […]

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Canucks Rally to Down Sharks – Tanner Tallies Two2019-04-03

VANCOUER, B.C. — Tanner Pearson scored twice, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 comeback win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
Markus Granlund and Troy Stecher also put away goals for the Canucks (35-35-10), while Bo Horvat ...

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San Jose Sharks 2018-19 Season Awards2019-04-03

With the San Jose Sharks locked into the second spot in the Pacific Division and a couple of largely meaningless regular-season games remaining, it is time to hand out the THW awards for the Sharks. But before we start, we’ll cover the two Sharks who will challenge for league-wide awards. Brent Burns is a likely […]

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NHL News & Notes: Senyshyn, Frederic, Karlsson & More2019-04-03

In today’s News & Notes, the Boston Bruins have re-called Zachary Senyshyn and Trent Frederic on an emergency basis, Erik Karlsson will be ready to return to the San Jose Sharks lineup for the postseason and some quick hits from around the NHL. Related: NHL News & Notes: NWHL: Kempny & More Bruins Recall Senyshyn […]

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Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Golden Knights vs Sharks2019-04-02

With the Calgary Flames having clinched the Pacific Division, that means the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds within the division are locked as well. The San Jose Sharks will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round, the second straight year the two teams will battle it out in the postseason. The Golden […]

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Flames Top Sharks to Clinch Conference & Division Crowns2019-04-01

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Calgary Flames scored three times in less than two minutes late in the first period on their way to clinching the top spots in the Western Conference and the Pacific Division with a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday ...

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Sharks Top Golden Knights – Burns Scores in OT2019-03-31

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Brent Burns scored on a power play at 22 seconds of overtime and the San Jose Sharks snapped a seven-game losing streak, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Saturday night.
The Sharks clinched second place in the Pacific Division...

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Sharks’ Preparation for Golden Knights Must Begin Now2019-03-27

The San Jose Sharks are almost certain to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the opening round of the playoffs. This is unfortunate, as these might be the two best teams in the Western Conference, at least when both teams are mostly healthy. But it is the hand being dealt, so the Sharks must play […]

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San Jose Sharks Troubling Trends2019-03-25

The San Jose Sharks losing streak has reached five games. Three of the five came against teams which won’t make the playoffs, only one of the five losses even reached overtime.  Coming just weeks before the playoffs, this worrisome development might seem a major concern for the team favored by some to win the Western […]

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NHL News & Notes: Pageau, Meier & More2019-03-21

In today’s News & Notes, Timo Meier has been fined $2,000 for embellishment, J.G. Pageau will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and the Carolina Hurricanes have signed Stelio Mattheos. Related: NHL News & Notes: Filppula, Girardi & More Meier Fined by NHL The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has fined […]

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Sharks’ DeBoer Tempts Fate2019-03-21

In his post-game press conference following the San Jose Sharks’ loss to the Nashville Predators on March 16, head coach Peter DeBoer indicated his team was tired, saying “some of our big guys are a little fatigued.” Here’s the thing, part of a coach’s job is to manage players so they don’t get fatigued. Is […]

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Golden Knights Sink Sharks – Smith & Marchessault Lead2019-03-19

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault each had four points and the Vegas Golden Knights won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Monday night.
Smith assisted on three goals in the first period and added...

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Predators Bite Sharks – Forsberg Nets Winner2019-03-17

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Filip Forsberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 12:58 left in the third period and Viktor Arvidsson added his second of the game into an empty net to help the Nashville Predators keep pace in the Central Division with a 4-2 victory o...

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Emotional Times in Sharks’ Territory2019-03-16

One can look at the San Jose Sharks and say a lot is going well. And it is true, a lot is going well. The Sharks are locking down a playoff spot, with a good chance of earning the top seed in the Western Conference. Further, the team seems to be improving despite the absence […]

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Panthers Deny Sharks Playoff Clincher With Win2019-03-15

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mike Hoffman scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play late in the second period and the Florida Panthers denied San Jose a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory over the Sharks on Thursday night.
Hoffman also set up ...

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San Jose Sharks’ Remarkable 3rd Round Draft Anguish2018-09-02

In the offseason, we typically cover subjects which aren’t quite as serious or perhaps a bit quirky. In keeping with this spirit, we’ll review one of the quirkiest and most frustrating of all San Jose Sharks histories. We’ll start at the beginning of the franchise, before the team had ever played a game. In their […]

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Top 5 Moments of Joe Thornton’s Career2018-08-02

San Jose Sharks’ center Joe Thornton, will be in the Hockey Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang up his skates. That won’t be this season, though, since he recently signed another one-year deal with the Sharks. A career like Thornton’s has dozens of top moments, but there are five that stand above the rest. […]

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Are the San Jose Sharks Playoff Ready?2018-04-03

Not many people circled the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks on March 26 as a big game. For the Blackhawks, it was another game in a lost season. Key players, including captain Jonathan Toews and top goalie Corey Crawford, were missing. For the Sharks, however, it was perhaps as crucial a […]

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Sharks Are Not Missing What They’re Missing2018-03-25

Last season, one San Jose Sharks player led the team in goals, points and plus-minus. Another player led the team in assists. And a third player was the third-leading goal scorer. The players are, respectively, Brent Burns, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Last season’s Norris Trophy winner, Burns, is tied for ninth on the team […]

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Jonathan Cheechoo Calls It a Career2018-03-23

A couple of years ago, I sat in a diner in Montreal next to couple who hailed from a small town in Saskatchewan. They told me about their son. He had needed a more rural life, after struggling to adapt to life in the “big city” of Saskatoon, population about 250,000. For many, it’s difficult […]

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Sharks Prosperous but Costly Road Trip2018-03-18

Throughout the season, every time the San Jose Sharks seem to take two steps forward, they always seem to take one step back. It is why they are still fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Sharks three game road trip to western Canada, though, resulted in three steps forward and four […]

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The San Jose Sharks’ Thin Margins2018-03-14

The San Jose Sharks just finished their last lengthy homestand of the season, six games in total, and did just enough to call it a success, collecting eight points. But this was the sort of opportunity which only comes along once in a season and well, it could have been better. The Sharks played a […]

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Critical Date for the San Jose Sharks2018-03-07
On Mar. 9, 2017, the San Jose Sharks played their 66th game of the season when they hosted the Washington Capitals. The Caps would go on to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. But, on this night, the game was controlled by the Sharks. Eventual Norris Trophy winner […] Link
The San Jose Sharks Power Up2018-02-28
With newly acquired Evander Kane, the San Jose Sharks can ice a formidable power lineup. Is this the right approach, though, for San Jose? Following the Stanley Cup Final loss to Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson cited the need for the team to improve its speed. For many years, the California […] Link
San Jose Sharks Add Controversial Kane2018-02-27
Taking a look at the San Jose Sharks statistics page, one thing stands out. Most Sharks players have a minus rating for the season. Only six players are plus players and only three are plus-four or better. Do the Sharks, a good defensive team, have a shortage of even-strength goal scoring? Why yes they do. […] Link
Sabres Trade Kane to Sharks2018-02-26
The Buffalo Sabres have traded winger Evander Kane to the  San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in 2019, a conditional fourth-round pick and a prospect, Elliotte Friedman announced Monday. The first-round pick will become a second-round pick if the Sharks do not re-sign Kane and is lottery protected. Kane was one of […] Link
San Jose Sharks Add Eric Fehr2018-02-24
In a modest move, the San Jose Sharks acquired veteran forward Eric Fehr for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020. It is a modest move, and one I like. The move is not risk-free, but the upside exceeds the risk by a bunch. Eric Fehr Fehr’s history is pretty straightforward. He has played on good […] Link
San Jose Sharks Path to a Stanley Cup2018-02-20
The San Jose Sharks are not a sure thing to make the playoffs, yet this season might be among their best chances to win the Stanley Cup. Several things need to align for this to happen. Still, it is a strangely promising path. I’ve identified five keys to a Sharks playoff run to a Stanley […] Link
San Jose Sharks Answer a Different Question2018-02-17
As the San Jose Sharks headed into their home game against the Vancouver Canucks, the story line lasered in on the obvious: Brent Burns returns to forward. An injury to Tomas Hertl led to Burns playing a few shifts at forward late in the game against the Arizona Coyotes. With the injuries still in play, […] Link
Sharks Have a Difficult Night in San Jose2018-02-15
The San Jose Sharks missed an opportunity against the league’s last place team with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday to the Arizona Coyotes. It was a night where several of the Sharks competitors in the Western Conference playoff race also lost. A chance to put some distance between themselves and their close rivals disappeared in […] Link
John Tavares, Kirk Cousins and the Sharks2018-02-13
As San Jose Sharks fans keep a close eye on the insane race for playoff spots in the Western Conference, there are probably a few also keeping an eye on what is happening on the other side of the country. The Sharks management certainly is, with the Feb. 26 trade deadline quickly approaching. For the […] Link
Will Brent Burns Get Peter DeBoer Fired?2018-02-11
Following the 5-3 loss to their division rival, the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer held a testy postgame press conference. Already (rightfully) upset over both the officiating and an injury to Joel Ward, he was asked about Brent Burns ‘two-way game’ and responded, “he’s our most dynamic guy, there’s no doubt.” […] Link
San Jose Sharks Return to Basics2018-02-06
Joe Thornton’s injury was a setback for this San Jose Sharks team, and in the first few games in his absence, the Sharks seemed to forget who they were. In the last two games, they remembered. For San Jose, winning comes from three main areas: defense, goaltending and special teams. Their formula is simple. Play […] Link
Kevin LaBanc Earning His Sharks’ Stripes2018-02-02
Stories of overcoming long odds are always the best. San Jose’s Kevin Labanc has a story of his own that’s just starting to take shape. The former Barrie Colt great finds himself these days on the Sharks’ top line playing to the right of Logan Couture. That’s not bad for someone who originally came into […] Link
Sharks Venture Through the Looking-Glass2018-01-31
The San Jose Sharks have no time to deal with the loss of Joe Thornton. The NHL, like other sports leagues, requires a “next man up” approach. If Joe can’t go, someone else will. It is about the team, not the individual. The Sharks have been among the league’s healthier teams this season. Many teams […] Link
Can All-Stars in San Jose Help the Sharks?2018-01-30
The NHL announced the 2019 All-Star Game will be held in San Jose. I expect the All-Star Game and related weekend events will be fun. It’ll look great both in the arena and on television. Any event with Brent Burns front and center is promising. For the hosting team, the San Jose Sharks, the question is […] Link
Small Silver Linings in Thornton’s Injury2018-01-26
The San Jose Sharks have been led, for the past dozen years, by future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton. He is in historic and elite NHL company. His place on the all-time assist list tells the story — the three guys immediately ahead of him, and not far ahead, are Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne and […] Link
Sharks Storylines: From Little to Jumbo2018-01-25
The games between the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets are sometimes referred to as the NHL’s version of West Side Story. The movie musical featured rival gangs named the Sharks and Jets. And like the movie, the latest contest between the Sharks and Jets provided drama, plot twists, disagreements, villains, victims, pain and anxiety. […] Link
Mixed Feelings on Timo Meier2018-01-24
For San Jose Sharks fans, Timo Meier is either a player on the verge of coming into his own or the player who never should have come to San Jose. Meier has an enormous shadow over him and the shadow has a name: Mathew Barzal. The New York Islanders rookie is having a stunning season. […] Link
How the Sharks Can Afford Tavares2018-01-21
I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to […] Link
Milestones in Sharks Territory2018-01-17
As the San Jose Sharks head to the second half of the season, there are some notable milestones recently achieved or are likely to occur soon. We’ll cover some of these here. Joe Thornton The man who’ll deliver the most milestones is Joe Thornton. The future Hall-of-Famer is moving up the all-time lists for points […] Link
San Jose Sharks Contract Challenges2018-01-16
Word came out over the weekend that San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin was on the trade market. This was confirmed by general manager Doug Wilson and the trade inquiries were done at Martin’s request. It isn’t hard to figure out why Martin is interested in a trade. He isn’t playing. He started off the […] Link
5 Key Changes for the Sharks Second Half2018-01-13
Coming out of their league-mandated five-day break, the San Jose Sharks will play their 41st game of the season against the Calgary Flames. In terms of games played, this is the midpoint of the season. In the second half of the season, there are several keys San Jose must address to propel the Sharks into […] Link
The Return of the Brent Burns Conundrum2018-01-11
One challenge when considering San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is often this: where to begin? Burns has been all over the map. At times he’s been the best player in hockey, and at times he’s been one of the most problematic. He tends to go on long streaks of brilliance, but also long streaks […] Link
Uneven San Jose Sharks Enter Their Break2018-01-09
One game short of the season’s midpoint of 41 games, the San Jose Sharks enter their five-day break. The timing is pretty good. The Sharks are on a three-game losing streak, albeit with two losses coming in overtime. The season has been uneven for San Jose. The penalty kill started off one of the league’s […] Link
The Sharks Very Special Teams2018-01-06
It is not hard to explain the success of the San Jose Sharks this season. They are stingy on defense and solid in goal. But even so, they are below average at even strength. Where the Sharks are above average is on special teams. On special teams, the Sharks have been very special. For the […] Link
San Jose Sharks Gain Ground2018-01-04
Eight games ago, the San Jose Sharks began a six-game swing against division opponents. The stretch included two games against the Calgary Flames, two games against the Vancouver Canucks, plus single games against the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks took the opportunity to close the gap with the second place Kings and widen […] Link
Four Sharks Games in Four Nights2017-12-13
Starting last Thursday, the San Jose Sharks, combined with their alumni group, played four games on four consecutive evenings. While each provided something interesting, one game was especially important. Thursday: San Jose Sharks v Carolina Hurricanes The Sharks came to the rink at SAP Center to face Carolina, apparently not quite on time. Carolina jumped out […] Link
3 Critical Questions for the San Jose Sharks2017-12-09
At the start of the NHL season, we laid out three questions we felt would dictate the San Jose Sharks’ season. One-third of the way through the season, answers are emerging to two questions, while the third answer is still wide open. Question 1: Sharks’ Cap Space What will general manager Doug Wilson do with […] Link
Depth Helping the Sharks Move Forward2017-12-04
It happens every year. Fans start thinking how great it’d be to make a trade and get back a lot more than they give up. San Jose Sharks fans are no different. But the Sharks are unusually resilient due to their depth, so trading away players could prove problematic. Depth has been one of the Sharks […] Link
Sharks Martin Jones Joins the Vezina Conversation2017-11-29
Entering this week, San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones was prominent among the statistical leaders. One must be among the leaders to win a Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie. So far this season, Jones is making a case for top goalie, and it is a really strong case. Jones was injured late in […] Link
Sharks Pick up the Pace2017-11-27
On the day after Thanksgiving, the San Jose Sharks played their first game against the expansion and Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights. The following night, they went against the red-hot Winnipeg Jets, owners of the second-best record in the Western Conference. These games were markedly different from most of the games San Jose has played […] Link
San Jose Sharks at the Quarter Mark2017-11-23
A quarter of the way through the season, the San Jose Sharks continue to do a lot right, despite a recent rough 0-2-1 run. Back-to-back regulation losses to the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins were followed by a shootout loss to the rival Anaheim Ducks. The brief skid was broken with a 3-1 win over […] Link
Trade Revisited: Vlasic for Kiprusoff2017-11-15
The Background of the Marc-Edouard Vlasic Trade Throughout most of his career in San Jose, Miikka Kiprusoff lurked in the shadow of Evgeni Nabokov in the Sharks’ crease. During his tenure, the Finnish netminder never started more than 22 games in teal in a single season and held inconsistent numbers over the course of his three […] Link
Sharks Playing Like a Second-Tier Team2017-11-11
The San Jose Sharks have already played three seasons in 2017-18. Season one was the opening game, which was brief, painful and over quickly, a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. The second season lasted 11 games and the Sharks came away with an 8-3-0 record. In every one of these games, San Jose was competitive. The third […] Link
Stingy Sharks Moving Up2017-11-07
The San Jose Sharks have won eight of their last 11 games to move up in the standings. The early season problems lasted a mere two games. San Jose has looked like a good team since, posting an 8-3-0 record. They’ve been competitive in every game in this surge. What has been behind this strong […] Link
San Jose Sharks Reality and Rumors2017-11-01
The San Jose Sharks were among the NHL’s unknowns heading into this season. Two games into the season, the naysayers had plenty to support their case. But, in the nine games since, the Sharks have rebounded and quietly surged forward. At the end of October, the Sharks sit in the middle of the pack with […] Link
Sharks New Top Line Forges A New Era2017-10-29
Ever since Joe Thornton joined the Sharks 11 years and 11 months ago, he has centered the Sharks top line. And while some may think Thornton remains the top center on the team’s top line, the eyeballs say it isn’t so. The changing of the guard on the Sharks top line is a big story. […] Link
Sharks Find a Missing Element2017-10-24
It is early in the NHL season and the San Jose Sharks sit with a modest 4-4-0 record. While the first two games of the season were not good, the Sharks have been strong since then. In most of these six games, the Sharks have either matched or outplayed their opponents. What has been working? […] Link
Where Are They Now? The Jonathan Cheechoo Edition2017-10-23
This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his […] Link
The Sharks Course Corrections2017-10-16
The San Jose Sharks looked completely out of sync in their first two games. Before the third game, stalwart defenseman Paul Martin went on injured reserve. In sports, coaches often say injuries open a door for someone else to step up. Martin’s injury opened the door for Joakim Ryan to make his NHL debut. The […] Link
San Jose Sharks Troubling Slow Start2017-10-10
For the San Jose Sharks, a slow start to the season isn’t what the team envisioned. In the team’s first two games, they have lost twice. Both times to teams who missed out on the playoffs last season. Two games do not merit an overreaction, but these are games where the Sharks expected to begin banking […] Link
Sharks’ Predictable Opening Night2017-10-07
In a recent article, we posed this question about Peter DeBoer: Is he the right coach for the Sharks? In the article, we noted he favored continuity. One game is hardly a trend, but it is worth noting that San Jose used about as much continuity as they possibly could muster for their opening game. […] Link
San Jose Sharks: A Brief History2017-10-05
This article was originally published in June, 2014. The beginnings of the San Jose Sharks history can be traced back almost fifty years ago to the 1967 NHL expansion. At the time, the NHL wanted to expand the league to new markets and also squash competition from other leagues such as the WHL. The San […] Link
The Sharks’ Cap Opportunity2017-10-04
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson finished an offseason without acquiring any major players. But he did acquire an asset the Sharks have not had much of in recent seasons: salary cap space. When it comes to cap space, the Sharks, atypically, have plenty. Our third and final key question for the Sharks’ season is […] Link
What Do the Sharks Have in Thornton?2017-09-30
One of the first signs of my father’s arthritis was a tendency to drop things. Grabbing an object creates an instantaneous flow of information moving between hand and brain. For most people, this information flow requires no conscious thought. It is an instinct. The brain trusts the information coming from the hand. Arthritis, in its […] Link
The Year of Peter DeBoer2017-09-27
NHL coaches are critical to their teams. But not all are major difference-makers. This season is when we learn if San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer is a difference-maker or pretender. This is the first of three pieces examining the three key questions for the San Jose Sharks upcoming season. This first key question for […] Link
The San Jose Sharks Quiet Summer2017-09-22
The San Jose Sharks had one of the quietest offseasons of any NHL team. The major moves involved players they re-signed and one they didn’t. It is clear the Sharks management is largely pleased with the roster, and value continuity within the organization. Nonetheless, they have kept the door open for major change by leaving […] Link
Sharks’ Power-Play Options2017-08-22
After a franchise-first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016, the San Jose Sharks took a step back last year. Bowing out of the playoffs in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers wasn’t high on anyone’s list of expectations for the Sharks, and while some of their misfortune can be attributed to a laundry list […] Link
Sharks’ Power-Play Options2017-08-22
After a franchise-first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016, the San Jose Sharks took a step back last year. Bowing out of the playoffs in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers wasn’t high on anyone’s list of expectations for the Sharks, and while some of their misfortune can be attributed to a laundry list […] Link
Projecting Kevin Labanc’s Season2017-08-09
The San Jose Sharks enter 2017-18 in a precarious position. After failing to come to terms with unrestricted free agent and franchise legend Patrick Marleau, the Sharks are poised to take a step back, at least offensively, without significant progress from the “five or six” rookies that general manager Doug Wilson expects to play on […] Link
Projecting Kevin Labanc’s Season2017-08-09
The San Jose Sharks enter 2017-18 in a precarious position. After failing to come to terms with unrestricted free agent and franchise legend Patrick Marleau, the Sharks are poised to take a step back, at least offensively, without significant progress from the “five or six” rookies that general manager Doug Wilson expects to play on […] Link
San Jose Sharks Make Sense for Tavares2017-08-08
Thirty-one NHL teams know New York Islanders center John Tavares is an elite player. Any team interested in his services is going to have to answer the same question posed by Larry Brooks for Isles management: “what is the organization’s selling point?” We know John Tavares makes sense for the San Jose Sharks because he makes […] Link
San Jose Sharks Make Sense for Tavares2017-08-08
Thirty-one NHL teams know New York Islanders center John Tavares is an elite player. Any team interested in his services is going to have to answer the same question posed by Larry Brooks for Isles management: “what is the organization’s selling point?” We know John Tavares makes sense for the San Jose Sharks because he makes […] Link
Bold Move Predictions for Sharks2017-05-31
A first-round exit in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially closed the window of opportunity for current veterans on the San Jose Sharks. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were the catalysts in bringing a Stanley Cup to the Bay Area but to no avail. Doug Wilson has his hands full this offseason as the franchise […] Link
Three Defensive Thoughts on the Sharks2017-05-29
As the offseason ramps up for the San Jose Sharks, there are a few less covered subjects deserving of greater discussion. We’ll start with the three regarding defense and defensemen. Paul Martin Paul Martin has two seasons left on a deal that pays him $4.85 million per season. The Sharks have a challenging salary cap situation. Would […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: Summary2017-05-16
We have reached the finale of our season review of the San Jose Sharks, summarizing the major issues we’re covered along the way. Feel free to catch up on anything missed in our Sharks Season Review series: The Main Points The Forwards The Defense The Goalies Salary Cap and Roster Coach GM and Owner Summary For the San Jose […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Eliminate Gulls in Five2017-05-15
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  Barracuda Reverse Regular Season After going winless in five attempts against […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: Owner & GM2017-05-15
We’re up to part seven of our season review of the San Jose Sharks, covering the ownership and general manager. Sharks Season Review: The Main Points The Forwards The Defense The Goalies Salary Cap and Roster Coach GM and Owner Summary (coming next) Looking at the Sharks management, this season, we find generally good news. Owner Hasso […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Season Review: The Coach2017-05-13
We’re up to part six of our season review of the San Jose Sharks, with an in-depth look at the coaches. Just two parts to go after this. Sharks Season Review: The Main Points The Forwards The Defense The Goalies Salary Cap and Roster Coach GM and Owner (coming next) As I picked the last edible oranges off […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: Roster and Cap2017-05-11
We’re up to part five of our season review of the San Jose Sharks, taking an in-depth look at the roster and salary cap. Sharks Season Review: The Main Points The Forwards The Defense The Goalies Salary Cap and Roster Coach (coming next) Sometimes, roster and cap analysis is pretty dry stuff. It’s usually heavy on the […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: The Goalies2017-05-09
We continue our season review of the San Jose Sharks, this is the fourth piece in our series. We’ll cover the goalies in this piece. Sharks Season Review: The Main Points The Forwards The Defense The Goalies Salary Cap and Roster (coming next) San Jose required only two goalies for the entire season, starter Martin Jones and backup […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: Defense2017-05-07
We’re up to Part 3 of our season review of the San Jose Sharks. The prior articles are below for those needing to catch up. • The Main Points • The Forwards • The Defense • The Goalies (coming soon) As strange as this sounds to Sharks fans, the strength of this team happens to be the […] Link
Sharks 2016-17 Review: The Forwards2017-05-05
We continue our season review of the San Jose Sharks, this is the second in our series. We’ll cover the forwards in this piece. Sharks Season Review:  The Main Points The Forwards The Defense (coming soon) The Sharks forwards both underachieved and overachieved. On the overachieve front, they rolled four lines more effectively than anytime […] Link
Barracuda Brief Special: Carpenter Beats Heat, San Diego Next2017-05-04
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  Barracuda and Heat in Instant Classic San Jose Barracuda Game 5 […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2016-17 Review: The Main Points2017-05-02
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion tells Indiana Jones, “You’re not the man I knew ten years ago.” Indiana responds, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.” And so it was for the San Jose Sharks in their 2016-17 season. The team with arguably the best roster in franchise history went down to a […] Link
San Jose Barracuda Game 5: Two Keys2017-05-02
For the San Jose Barracuda Game 5 is what the season comes down to for the Western Conference champions. Despite the 4-0 Game 1 score, it took an exceptional performance by Grosenick to take that win in what looked to be a very even game except in net, and the two teams have traded wins […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Another Split in Stockton Forces Game 52017-05-01
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: Barracuda & Heat Split Again The first-round series shifted […] Link
The Sharks’ Upcoming Cornerstone Contracts2017-04-28
The two best players in San Jose Sharks history have expiring contracts. In almost every meaningful category, one is first in franchise history and more often than not, the other is second. Goals, assists, points, games played. The list goes on. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have combined for over 2,000 points in teal. And […] Link
The Sharks Didn’t Want It Enough2017-04-27
The San Jose Sharks entered the 2016 offseason with deserved pride in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. But even before the Pittsburgh Penguins put the Sharks away in Game 6 to win the Cup last June, there were obvious issues awaiting the Sharks for 2016-17. • The long season meant a shortened recovery […] Link
Sharks’ Offseason Questions Are Plenty2017-04-27
San Jose Sharks‘ offseason questions are plenty. The NHL will conduct an expansion draft to stock the incoming Vegas Golden Knights, concerns over depth scoring and what to do with two legends that have been pillars of San Jose’s identity on and off the ice all will be tackled this summer. Adding to that already […] Link
Sharks’ Locker Clean-out Day Quotes: Jumbo, Patty & Power Plays2017-04-26
The San Jose Sharks cleaned out their lockers yesterday after a disappointingly short run in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the last time in the 2016-17 season, players, coaches, and management answered questions about what went wrong and right, the future of players and injury news. Below is an assortment of quotes from the players […] Link
Joe Thornton’s Beard Also Ailing2017-04-26
By now, it’s common knowledge that San Jose Sharks’ center, Joe Thornton, was playing through injuries this postseason. The obvious one can be traced back to a collision with Michael Chaput of the Vancouver Canucks late in the season. The extent of his injury – a torn MCL and ACL – finally came from head coach […] Link
Thornton’s Knee and His Sharks’ Future2017-04-25
At the final press availability for the San Jose Sharks after a first-round exit, injury news was a focal point. Head coach Peter DeBoer came out to the media after the players completed their interviews and the first bombshell was the extent of the knee injury Joe Thornton played through in four Stanley Cup playoff games. Thornton […] Link
Sharks Unable to Wreck the Rig, Fall to Oilers2017-04-25
The Stanley Cup Playoffs ended abruptly for the San Jose Sharks. Champions of the Western Conference last season, the Edmonton Oilers ousted the defenders in six games. Inconsistency marred the Sharks as youth and speed from the Oilers ultimately propelled them to the next round. Several factors contributed to the Sharks’ short run in the […] Link
Predictable End to the Sharks Season2017-04-25
The San Jose Sharks made the playoffs yet again. However, a year after making an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final, they slipped out of the hunt for hockey’s top prize in the opening round. Given the Sharks’ injuries to key players, this was not a surprise. Much will be made of how the […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Calder Cup Playoffs Open with a Split2017-04-25
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: Barracuda & Heat Split The Calder Cup playoffs got […] Link
Discipline & Reigniting Offense Is How Oilers Beat Sharks2017-04-21
Discipline, discipline and more discipline. A lot is being made about the Edmonton Oilers‘ massive 7-0 blowout loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 4, but this series is far from over. Where there is doom and gloom amongst a crowd of individuals on the Edmonton bandwagon, there’s the reality that this is still […] Link
Euphoria in Edmonton: One Win from Advancing2017-04-21
The Edmonton Oilers and their fan base are in a state of euphoria after a thrilling overtime win in Game 5 over the San Jose Sharks. Forget about the doubters. There’s a real sense that this is a winnable series for Edmonton and rightfully so. For everyone living under a rock, the Oilers now lead […] Link
The Sharks, James Bond and Three Sigma2017-04-20
The San Jose Sharks whomped the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth game of their playoff series by a 7-0 score. It wasn’t as close as the score suggests. Precious little about this series makes sense. While the series is tied at 2-2, each team has dominated the other for lengthy stretches; even play has been the […] Link
The Sharks Power Outage2017-04-18
Sometimes, it’s the obvious. For the San Jose Sharks, the inability to generate offense has them down in their series against the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1. San Jose’s three goal outburst in Game 1 is their only scoring of the series. Getting shutout in back-to-back games isn’t going to get a team very far. The Sharks offensive numbers, paltry […] Link
Oilers’ Talbot Answering the Challenge2017-04-18
It may only be three games but as far as debut post-season performances go, Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot has made quite the first impression. Next to Connor McDavid, the 29-year old played the biggest part in this club’s surprising turnaround during the 2016-17 regular season. In order for the Oilers to have any hope […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Regular Season Ends with a Thud2017-04-16
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: Kilpatrick Trophy Slips Away The Barracuda had a chance […] Link
Oilers Pass Initial Test2017-04-15
As good as the Edmonton Oilers looked over the final month of the season, the thought of having them open the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place was something which didn’t sit well with yours truly. Whether the masses wanted to admit it or not, unless we are talking about a team who had […] Link
Old Age, Treachery Power Sharks2017-04-14
A team which stumbled into the NHL playoffs spent most of the first 20 minutes of the playoffs appearing to stumble again. The San Jose Sharks trailed 2-0 in the late in first period against the Edmonton Oilers when their long-dormant power play took to the ice. In 15 seconds, the power play threatened twice without scoring before […] Link
Series Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks2017-04-12
The season that matters is finally here. The Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived to bring closure to that 82-game grind and the dreams of one team out of 16 franchises will be realized, but not for another nine weeks or so. One team’s general manager and coach will be a genius; the rest will be […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Tops Westeren Conference2017-04-11
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: San Jose Best in the West The […] Link
Series Preview: Oilers vs Sharks2017-04-11
The Edmonton Oilers are set to clash with the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The last time the Oilers and Sharks faced off in a playoff series was in 2006. The Oilers upset a Sharks team led by Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Evgeni Nabokov in six […] Link
An Oilers Fan Guide to the San Jose Sharks2017-04-11
The San Jose Sharks are the defending Western Conference champions and will play the Edmonton Oilers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks are very similar, personnel-wise, to the team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season. The coaches and all the top players are back, so the […] Link
Overtime With BSC: Joe Thornton’s Big Impact2017-04-07
When thinking about Joe Thornton, one word comes to mind. Big. Whether it’s talking about his size – 6 foot 4, 222 pounds, or his impact in the San Jose Sharks lineup, there is really no other word that can be used to describe him other than “Jumbo,” which NHL fans have referred to him as […] Link
Adversity Finds the Sharks2017-04-06
On Tuesday, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer told the media Joe Thornton and Logan Couture were “day-to-day.” In the vernacular, this means the availability of the injured stars for practice and games will be assessed daily. DeBoer later phrased and rephrased his comment, saying he expects either Couture or Thornton to be back for a […] Link
The Sharks Season Awards2017-04-05
Time to pass out the THW awards for the San Jose Sharks. Your Sharks writers, Zach Devine, Andrew Bet and myself picked the best in four categories. This was a group effort and the contributions of all are reflected in the voting and text. One vote was unanimous, another sort of unanimous. The other votes were […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Bags Four Points from Moose2017-04-04
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: Moose Hunting in Silicon Valley The Barracuda were relentless […] Link
Sharks and a Move to Plunder2017-04-01
Gertrude Stein famously described her childhood city, Oakland, California, saying “there is no there there.” And, for a second time, the Oakland Raiders won’t be there either. This week, the NFL announced a vote in favor of the team moving to Las Vegas. For Raider fans, this is their second betrayal at the hands of the Davis […] Link
Sharks Prospects Ready for AHL2017-03-31
The reality of the San Jose Barracuda’s situation is three top wingers are up with the San Jose Sharks as of this being written: Kevin Labanc, Marcus Sorensen and Timo Meier. Add in the departure of Nikolay Goldobin in March in the Jannik Hansen deal, and the talent on the wings could certainly use an […] Link
Oilers Playoff Potential: San Jose Sharks2017-03-30
So far, in a series written on potential first-round matchups, I’ve looked at the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks. Two of those teams are not likely candidates to face the Oilers, but to be thorough, we explored the optics of a Blackhawks and/or Wild series anyways. What we’ve discovered is that it’s probably best Edmonton will […] Link
Tim Clifton Graduates to San Jose Barracuda2017-03-30
Earlier this month the San Jose Sharks signed college free agent Tim Clifton. The Sharks are busy every spring bringing in undrafted free agents from Europe, the CHL and the NCAA ranks and early returns show more of the same. BREAKING: Per TSN's @frank_seravalli senior Tim Clifton has signed a two year contract with the […] Link
Sharks Have A Problem2017-03-28
In the less than classic movie Disclosure (or Michael Crichton’s even less classic book version), a line runs through the story about a corrupt business: “Solve the problem.” There are numerous problems in the operation and the drama surrounds the question “which problem needed solving?” Alas (spoiler alert), solving the most basic of these problems is the […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Mixed Bag as Reinforcements Arrive2017-03-28
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: A Mixed Bag The Barracuda took three out […] Link
Hard to Feel Sympathy for Jarnkrok2017-03-26
In case you missed it last night, Micheal Haley of the San Jose Sharks punched Nashville Predators centre Calle Jarnkrok, an apparently unwilling combatant, in a scrum. The melee began following Jarnkrok’s illegal hit on Haley along the boards as the Sharks forward attempted to corral the puck and move it up ice. The so-called […] Link
Sharks in a Dry Spell2017-03-22
Defense is a non-issue for the San Jose Sharks having one of the top defenses in the league. Throughout the season, though, the Sharks’ offense has been sporadic at times. As the regular season enters the final stretch, offensive production has once again become an issue. A current four-game skid has seen the Sharks’ once […] Link
Recap: Lehtonen Blanks Sharks2017-03-21
The San Jose Sharks can thank Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp for their loss Monday night. Sharp hit Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen up high with a shot during warmups and “woke the beast,” Lehtonen joked after the game. The Finnish goalie’s performance was no laughing matter, though, as he stopped all 30 pucks the Sharks threw at him […] Link
Preview: Stars & Sharks Face off Monday2017-03-20
Fortunately for the San Jose Sharks, the Dallas Stars aren’t a playoff team. If they were, the Sharks might have a problem: In their last five games against playoff-bound clubs, the Sharks are 1-4-0. Worse yet, they were held to a single goal in each of the four losses. This promises to be an interesting week for […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Punches Playoff Ticket2017-03-20
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: Playoff Bound It took two tries against the […] Link
Brent Burns & Forward Thinking2017-03-20
The San Jose Sharks continue to be a good hockey team and they are led by the best blueliner in the game today, Brent Burns. Burns has put together a remarkable season. His offensive game is dominant. His defense, once a source of near-constant consternation, has improved dramatically. And yet, under some very specific, very important […] Link
The Sharks Are a Complete Team2017-03-18
If being a complete team is key to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is one team that deserves a long look. There might be no more complete team in the NHL than the San Jose Sharks. Among the key attributes is tremendous continuity, with almost all top players having played together for at least […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Wild Week Has Something for Everyone2017-03-14
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was: San Jose Barracuda in First Place No […] Link
Recap: Sharks Shoot Down Stars2017-03-13
The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars squared off as San Jose continued its six-game homestand and the Stars started a trip through Western Canada with a stop in Northern California. The Sharks’ floundering power play struggled again and went 0-5 with the man advantage against the Stars. First Period The lack of defensive structure […] Link
Recap: Saros Backstops Predators in Win over Sharks2017-03-12
The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators played for just the second time this season. The two teams took turns carrying stretches of play during the game, but the Predators dominated the Sharks in the face-off circle. Additionally, Nashville made a number of late adjustments to the lineup, inserting both Ryan Ellis and Juuse Saros for […] Link
Kane Leads Pursuit of Art Ross Rarities2017-03-12
NHL teams are jockeying for playoff position as we enter the final month of the 2016-17 regular season. While the playoff race will receive most of the hockey world’s attention, another fantastic race is quietly taking shape. Behold, the Art Ross Trophy. First awarded to Elmer Lach of the Montreal Canadiens in 1948, the Trophy […] Link
Preview: San Jose Sharks Host Fading Stars2017-03-12
The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars finally meet for the first time this season today at SAP Center, despite both playing in the Western Conference. Perhaps more strange is that the two teams wrap up their season series later this month when the Sharks hit the road and will play two games in Dallas on […] Link
The Sharks’ Nordic Connection2017-03-11
When the puck dropped on opening night for the Sharks’ 2014-15 season, San Jose had a Nordic goalie but no Nordic skaters. For Thursday’s game between the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks, a total of five Nordic skaters took the ice for the Sharks (the Nordic goalie departed in 2015). What caused Sharks management to move in this […] Link
Sharks’ Joachim Blichfeld a Fit with Winterhawks2017-03-11
The San Jose Sharks selected Joachim Blichfeld out of the Malmo Redhawks J20 program with the 210th pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Frederikshavn, Denmark spent two years with the Redhawks J18 and J20 teams playing in 87 games and recording 35 goals and 28 assists. In the J18 playoffs, the […] Link
Preview: Sharks & Predators Ready to Resume Rivalry2017-03-11
The San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators are familiar foes, and the only Western Conference team that brought the Sharks to seven games last year in the Stanley Cup playoffs returns again. Predators Look to Rebound in NorCal The Predators played the Los Angeles Kings while the Sharks were handling the Washington Capitals. The result was unkind […] Link
Recap: Sharks Domination of Capitals Continues2017-03-10
The San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals had a familiar result as the Sharks put on a special teams show against the visiting Caps. Despite giving up the opening goal, the Sharks went 2-for-5 on the power play and killed off all five Washington power plays as well. Braden Holtby‘s struggles against San Jose continued as […] Link
The Sharks Untrustworthy Line2017-03-09
It was Marvin Gaye who famously sang, “believe only half of what you see Son, and none of what you hear.” With the San Jose Sharks second line, I’m seeing and only half-believing. This has been the best line for the San Jose Sharks over recent weeks. The all-lefty line is centered by Logan Couture with […] Link
Preview: Sharks Look to Continue Dominance Over Capitals2017-03-09
The San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals complete the season series as the Pacific Division leader welcomes the NHL’s top team to meet for the second and final time. The Sharks blanked the Capitals on Nov. 8 in an Election Night tilt on the strength of a 24-save shutout from Martin Jones. Capitals the Toast […] Link
Father Time Visits Joe Thornton2017-03-07
It happened with five seconds remaining in the San Jose Sharks 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Joe Thornton, collided with a linesman Brian Mach during the course of play. The collision knocked Thornton to the ice, but not Mach. Thornton has spent a career with big, physical players leaning on him and pushing him […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Goldobin Era & Winning Streak Both End2017-03-07
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was To start, the big roster news for […] Link
Jacob Middleton Adding Defensive Depth for Barracuda2017-03-06
The San Jose Sharks have been successful over the years finding defenders late in the draft or as unrestricted free agents. Current Sharks Dylan DeMelo and Justin Braun were both found late in the draft. Former Sharks Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson both saw time with the club before moving on to roles with other teams. […] Link
Sharks Pragmatic Use of Micheal Haley2017-03-04
The San Jose Sharks have done something over the years which has divided many of their most passionate fans. They have played their enforcers – the guys who throw the punches – to the delight of some fans and the frustration of others. While fighting is a part of the NHL, many wish to reduce […] Link
Sharks Add Scoring With Hansen2017-03-03
The San Jose Sharks addressed their scoring depth by acquiring Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks. In exchange, the Sharks sent prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 to the Canucks. Sharks’ general manager Doug Wilson has never been hesitant to make a move to bolster the team. Unlike in previous years […] Link
Preview: Sharks & Canucks Deal, Now Play2017-03-02
The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks are familiar foes and face each often with both teams in the Pacific Division. The familiarity got a bit more real yesterday when the Sharks shipped Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft to the Canucks for depth winger Jannik Hansen. The […] Link
Canucks Trade Hansen to Sharks2017-03-01
The Vancouver Canucks have traded away veteran forward Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for prospect Nijolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2017 that could become a first, if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup, the Canucks announced early Wednesday morning EST. The deal comes ahead of the 3:00 […] Link
Recap: Hansen Trade Overshadows Red Wings Win2017-03-01
There was a game to be played between the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. However, both general managers were busy wheeling and dealing while their teams were in action. Jannik Hansen was a late scratch for the Canucks. By the third period, the Canucks had announced they’d traded Hansen to […] Link
Sharks’ Deal Doesn’t Make Sense2017-03-01
On Tuesday night, the San Jose Sharks acquired Jannik Hansen from Vancouver for Nikolay Goldobin and a draft pick. It is a curious trade. Arriving Soon Hansen is a respectable player. He plays with an edge, gives something on offense and plays hard defense. He is also a third line talent and the Sharks have plenty of players which […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Winning Ways Roll to 142017-02-28
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was Let’s start with the news that everyone […] Link
Preview: Sharks Welcome Maple Leafs to San Jose2017-02-28
The San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs conclude their season series tonight in San Jose with the final of their two meetings. In their first game back in December, Sharks defenseman Justin Braun scored his first goal of the campaign to help erase a third-period deficit and force extra time. Logan Couture went on to score […] Link
Sharks Deadline Plan: Big Fish or Nothing2017-02-27
The San Jose Sharks sit comfortably atop the Pacific Division with the regular season now entering the home stretch. At this point, the Sharks should prepare for the playoffs. But with the trade deadline approaching, could a trade assist them in their playoff pursuit? Possibly. Maybe. For the Sharks, this trade deadline is a case of […] Link
Preview: Mumps & Trade Talks Plague Canucks Against Sharks2017-02-25
The Vancouver Canucks play a game on Saturday night. However, trade chatter and a recent mumps outbreak is overshadowing that storyline. The Canucks announced Friday that Troy Stecher has been diagnosed with mumps. Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Michael Chaput, and Markus Granlund have also gone in for blood work after showing symptoms. Several #Canucks have […] Link
A Desert Getaway With the Sharks2017-02-22
As I stood outside Gila River Arena waiting for the imminent downpour, the excitement began to set in. Home advantage has been the norm for me at SAP Center with the San Jose Sharks. To experience a road game with the boys in teal was on my bucket list. With the perfect opportunity, my cousins and […] Link
Sharks Need to Avoid the Gas Pedal2017-02-22
Despite over a quarter of the regular season remaining, the San Jose Sharks have accomplished almost everything they need to in the regular season. The Sharks have collected 77 points in 60 games. They are the only team in the Pacific Division on track to reach 100 points. At least one wild card playoff spot may […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Winning Streak Reaches 11 Games2017-02-20
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features to keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was The San Jose Barracuda’s 11-game winning streak […] Link
Preview: Sharks Aim to Avoid Sweep Against Bruins2017-02-19
The San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins wrap up the season series with the last of two games between the two coasts. Boston is holding on by a claw to its playoff hopes while the Sharks will head into their bye week after this game with at least a share of the Pacific Division lead. Bruins Hanging […] Link
Recap: Panthers Pounce on Sharks, Jagr nets 1,900th2017-02-16
The San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers completed the season series tonight in San Jose. There were a few milestones celebrated ahead of the game. The Sharks honored Patrick Marleau for his 500th goal scored on Feb. 2. Franchise leader in games played, goals, points, power play goals, and game winning goals. 👏#Marleau500 pic.twitter.com/3rj398zTGs — San […] Link
Top 3 All-Time San Jose Sharks Goalies2017-02-15
The top 3 all-time San Jose Sharks goalies is a tough list to come up with. While there have been many goaltenders that have prowled the blue paint at the SAP Center, only a handful can be considered the best in franchise history. The Hockey Writers boiled down the list and ranked the trio of […] Link
Preview: Sharks Take on Surging Panthers2017-02-15
The San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers conclude their season series tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks won the first game in south Florida back on Nov. 10. The Panthers have been rejuvenated by the return of young stars from the injury list while the Sharks ended a four-game losing skid their last time […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Atop the Pacific Division, Eight Is Great2017-02-14
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features will keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  The Week That Was San Jose Barracuda winning streak is up […] Link
Recap: Simmonds Goal Lifts Flyers Over Sharks2017-02-11
For 61 minutes it looked like San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell would steal a win from the Philadelphia Flyers. That is until Wayne Simmonds stripped Brent Burns in overtime and won a 2-1 game for the Flyers, Saturday. The breakaway chance was one of many for Philadelphia against Dell, but one of only two […] Link
Goldobin Still Waiting For The Call2017-02-10
Few players in the San Jose Sharks organization create as many discussions as Nikolay Goldobin. Gripes are hardly universal, but they are diverse. Ask ten fans for their opinion of Goldobin, and you are likely to walk away with eleven different answers. His play over the last season and a half, and often from shift […] Link
Recap: Bruins Ice Sharks2017-02-10
Even with the blizzard conditions throughout the state of Massachusetts, fans flocked to the TD Garden to watch the Boston Bruins take on the San Jose Sharks. The brave fans that adventured out into the storm would not be disappointed, as the Bruins got off to a hot start and never looked back. First Period With […] Link
Preview: Bruins Look to Sink Sharks2017-02-09
There is plenty of snow on the ground in the city of Boston, but action will be heating up on the ice at the TD Garden as the San Jose Sharks take on the Boston Bruins for the first time in 2016-17. Due to the poor weather, the Bruins decided to cancel their morning skate, and many are wondering […] Link
Recap: Sabres Shock Sharks in Thrilling Comeback Win2017-02-08
Tonight looked like it would be a difficult task for the Buffalo Sabres. They were coming off playing in New Jersey last night, while the San Jose Sharks were in Buffalo waiting. The first 40 minutes of the game went as you might have expected. The Sharks were the far superior team and got up […] Link
Q & A With Sharks’ Newest Prospect Buddy Robinson2017-02-08
The San Jose Barracuda received a large infusion of size when San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson acquired Buddy Robinson, Zack Stortini and a sixth-round draft pick from the Ottawa Senators for Tommy Wingels on Jan. 24. The Senators signed Robinson out of Lake Superior State University after the 2012-13 season. Now 25, Robinson has played […] Link
3 Thoughts on the San Jose Sharks2017-02-07
As the NHL regular season heads into the stretch drive, it is a good time to look at the San Jose Sharks – who is hot, who is dominating and who might be able to make a major difference. We’ll start with the hottest Sharks player. Patrick Marleau Patrick Marleau added historic goal 500 against Vancouver […] Link
Bay Area Unites Between Sharks and Warriors2017-02-07
The San Jose Sharks have stepped up their promotional giveaways since the last NHL lockout. Bobbleheads have been popular, but the Sharks have gone with the exotic variety on a few occasions. Recently, a Chia Joe Thornton was given to fans to grow the beard of the grizzly vet. In March, a Brent Burns Grill […] Link
Preview: Red Hot Sharks Visit Sabres2017-02-07
The Buffalo Sabres will face the San Jose Sharks tonight at Key Bank Center. While the Sabres have had success in the past against the Sharks, they may be in tough tonight. San Jose was sitting in Buffalo last night, while the Sabres were in Newark facing the Devils. The Sharks have been off since Saturday […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Move To First Place2017-02-06
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes and other features will keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  Statistical Tidbits Troy Grosenick’s rebound year continues to impress. Grosenick is […] Link
Recap: Coyotes Edge Sharks 3-2 In Chippy Shootout Win2017-02-05
The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes are familiar with one-goal games this season. But in a game that featured broken sticks, helmets flying everywhere and a dozen missed calls from both sides, it turned out to be one of the strangest games of the season. This is the weirdest game I've seen in a long […] Link
Preview: Sharks & Coyotes in for Another Close Game2017-02-04
The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes shouldn’t be a match-up you would think to circle on your calendar, but the two teams have a history of tight games and Coyotes wins. The Sharks are trying for their eighth winning streak of eight or more games. The Coyotes will attempt to end a two-game skid of their […] Link
Recap: Marleau Scores 500th Goal as Sharks Beat Canucks2017-02-03
After Henrik Sedin hit a milestone in the Vancouver Canucks last game at Rogers Arena, it was Patrick Marleau’s turn on Thursday night. Marleau came into the game sitting on 499 career goals, after scoring six goals in his previous four games. He didn’t wait long to make history by scoring a power play goal […] Link
Marleau Scores 500, Barkov & Huberdeau Cleared to Play & More2017-02-03
It isn’t every day that a player scores 500 NHL goals. In fact, Only 44 players had accomplished such a feat in the history of the league prior to Thursday night. In the San Jose Sharks‘ game against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, however, Patrick Marleau became the 45th player to score 500 goals. Even more […] Link
Preview: First Meeting of the Season for Sharks and Canucks2017-02-02
Better late than never. With a shade over 30 games left for each team, this is the first time the San José Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks will meet this season. They will meet four more times over the next two months, with the Canucks playing the Sharks four times over an 18 game stretch […] Link
Preview: Sharks and Blackhawks Return to Action in San Jose2017-02-01
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks get back to work tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose. Both teams are coming off losses in the final game ahead of the All-Star break. The Sharks were toothless in a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Blackhawks fell again to the Winnipeg Jets, who […] Link
Recap: Sharks Beat Blackhawks 3-1 in First Game Back2017-02-01
The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks met for the final time in the 2016-17 season. Goals were tough to come by for the first 58 minutes despite the talent both squads sent out on the ice. However, fans were treated to a fantastic hockey game, great goaltending and an exciting finish. That was one of […] Link
Sharks Who Must Improve After All-Star Break2017-01-31
The San Jose Sharks have no time to slack off with All-Star Game festivities at a close. A matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks is the perfect test after an extended break. In what could be a preview of a future playoff series, San Jose cannot afford to fall behind early against Chicago. San Jose is […] Link
Barracuda Brief: Perfect Week on the Road2017-01-30
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes, and other features that will keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Trade, All-Star Game Bring Reinforcements The Barracuda also welcomed an army […] Link
Recap: Oilers Capitalize on Chances to Beat Sharks2017-01-27
The San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers are no strangers but this outcome certainly felt like a reversal of fortunes. After San Jose jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, Edmonton scored the next four goals en route to a big win to tie the two teams atop the Pacific Division. The Oilers improved to 16-1-1 […] Link
Lessons From Patrick Marleau’s Improved Season2017-01-27
For the past several years, Patrick Marleau’s seasons have followed a template. Start hot and disappear. His first ten games have been terrific, the rest of the season, not so much. In the prior two seasons, Marleau has been more problem than solution. I’ve commented on this before. To summarize, Marleau is not a player […] Link
Wingels Trade Puts Sharks’ Future in Motion2017-01-26
Time was ticking since the start of training camp for Tommy Wingels. Last season, the physical forward was often scratched from the lineup by San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer. More of the same from Wingels was seen again this season as his play did not satisfy DeBoer, leading to healthy scratches. Like former […] Link
Preview: Sharks Aim To Continue Dominance Over Oilers2017-01-26
The separation of Pacific Division teams is beginning to take shape, and the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers are both in the lead group. The Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Oilers are the Big Three in the division and each team has at least a 10 point lead over fourth place Vancouver Canucks. There are still some […] Link
Recap: Sharks Beat the Jets in Controversial Third Period2017-01-25
Over 16,000 fans may not agree, but the San Jose Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in Patrik Laine’s return to the lineup. Patrick Marleau scored with four and a half minutes remaining to give the Sharks the win, but it wasn’t without its controversy. Melker Karlsson picked up a penalty shot on the penalty kill […] Link
Gaudreau Takes Hit, Marleau & the Rooster & More News2017-01-24
Johnny Gaudreau found himself on the business end of a Leo Komarov hit in Monday’s 4-0 Leafs win. Gaudreau was left holding his head on the ice and briefly left the game. He returned to the ice just a few minutes after heading to the locker room. Following the hit, Flames captain Mark Giordano stepped […] Link
Barracuda Brief: High Scores, Only Two Points2017-01-24
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes, and other features will keep you up to date on the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. The San Jose Barracuda Week That Was The San Jose Barracuda skated in […] Link
A Deployment Plan For Aaron Dell2017-01-23
The San Jose Sharks possess a top goaltending tandem in Martin Jones and Aaron Dell in the NHL. As last season’s Stanley Cup run showed, Jones is a goalie capable of carrying a team deep into the playoffs and with another season of experience, looks to be ready for another assault. But the news is […] Link
Hertl Close to Return, Decisions Loom on Sharks’ Roster2017-01-23
A grinding schedule the past few weeks have left the San Jose Sharks in prime position to capture the Pacific Division. The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, however, will likely have a say as all three teams have yet to separate themselves. San Jose’s schedule may appear favorable but are not out of the woods. […] Link
Recap: Sharks Escape Avalanche In Overtime Win2017-01-22
The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche needed extra time to find a winner in their first meeting of the season. The Avalanche carried long stretches of play in front of rookie netminder Spencer Martin making his NHL debut. The Sharks, on the other hand, were looking for their rhythm much of the contest before […] Link
Sharks Feeding On Bait2017-01-22
The San Jose Sharks exited their most challenging run of games for the regular season with good success. A daunting 12 game sequence featured 11 games against teams in a playoff position. Having finished this part of the season, the Sharks schedule has taken on a different theme: time to feast. Five games removed from […] Link
Preview: Surging Sharks Host Sliding Avalanche2017-01-21
The San Jose Sharks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to a rain-soaked SAP Center in a battle of teams headed in polar opposite directions. The Sharks are in the thick of the race for the Pacific Division and on a three-game winning streak. The Avalanche are last in the NHL and are 1-9 in their last 10 […] Link
Recap: Sharks, Dell Ground Lightning2017-01-20
The San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning do not meet often, but for the first time in two years, a team swept the season series. The Sharks allowed only two goals in the pair of matchups between the two teams. The Lightning’s struggles on the road continued, as they could not exploit the […] Link
Recap: Kings Bit by Sharks in Homestand Finale2017-01-19
The Los Angeles Kings dropped the final game of a seven-game homestand on Wednesday night. The 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks dropped Los Angeles to an overall record of 3-4-0 during the seven-game stretch and increased the gap between the two teams in the standings to eight points. Overall, it was a night […] Link
Ward’s Value Goes Beyond Sharks’ Scoresheet2017-01-19
To win the Stanley Cup, no matter what point in the season, players make sacrifices regardless of the aftermath. For San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward, his presence stretches beyond the ice and the locker room. He has been a gritty player, always grinding in the corners for loose pucks. Despite his current production below […] Link
Preview: Sharks Host Shaky Lightning2017-01-19
The San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning conclude their season series tonight at the SAP Center. The Lightning are in the midst of a six-game road trip, and the Sharks will play yet again on back-to-back nights. Lightning Recharging on the Road The Lightning visit San Jose for their third match in a six-game road […] Link
Preview: Kings End 7-Game Homestand with San Jose2017-01-18
The Los Angeles Kings will host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night for the final meeting of the 2016-17 season between the two Pacific Division rivals. The game will also be the final game of a seven-game homestand for Los Angeles. The Kings fell to 3-3-0 through the first six games of the homestand […] Link
Recap: Sharks Shoot Down Jets 5-22017-01-17
The San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets got their season series underway in a matinee at SAP Center. The Sharks lack of secondary scoring is a narrative that has lasted most of the season. The shaky Jets goaltending continued to fuel the fire on what to do with Michael Hutchinson and Connor Hellebuyck. First Period Once […] Link
Preview: Sharks Host Jets in MLK Day Matinee2017-01-16
The San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets start their season series with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee at the SAP Center. The Sharks are fresh off a poor showing aginst the St. Louis Blues and the woes of the Jets are leading some to call for drastic measures. Jets Grounded By Uneven Play […] Link
Barracuda Brief: San Jose Misses Shot at 1st Place2017-01-16
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief, your weekly one-stop shop for updates on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes, and other features will keep you up to date on the San Jose Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate. The Week That Was The San Jose Barracuda only had two games on the […] Link
Recap: Blues & Hutton Shutout Sharks2017-01-15
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues played the second of their meetings this year. The puck was lively, to say the least, as SAP Center hosted both an AHL and NHL game, leaving the playing surface in rougher shape than usual. But the Blues capitalized on their chances and got stellar goaltending from […] Link
Preview: Sharks and Blues Both Look to Rebound2017-01-14
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues square off for the second time this season as both teams aim to get back on the winning track. The Blues have not lost three regulation games in a row all season but have now dropped two straight: 5-3 to the Boston Bruins and 5-1 to the […] Link
Sharks Finish the Daunting Dozen2017-01-12
Three weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the Sharks upcoming schedule featuring a dozen daunting games. I noted seven games were against their closest division rivals. Of the other five games, two were against division leaders Montreal and Chicago. Two others were against the league’s hottest teams at the time; Minnesota, winners of six in […] Link
Barracuda Brief: All-Stars and Three Stars2017-01-10
Welcome to the Barracuda Brief your weekly one-stop shop for an update on the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda Brief will feature recaps, team news, quotes, and other features sprinkled will keep you up to date on the San Jose Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate. The Week That Was The San Jose Barracuda had three games […] Link
Recap: Sharks Big First Period Clips Red Wings2017-01-08
The San Jose Sharks and their old Western Conference rival the Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their season series without the venom fans remember from the old days. But, what the game lacked in animosity, it made up for in offense as the two clubs combined for nine goals. First Period San Jose came out […] Link
Nieto Trade Cues Roster Shakeup2017-01-07
Matt Nieto’s time with the San Jose Sharks is over. The former second-round pick in 2011 was placed on waivers during the week. His departure was long overdue as he quickly fell out of favor when Peter DeBoer took over as head coach. With the replenishment of the Sharks’ farm system, prospects have been knocking […] Link
Preview: Sharks Hope To Rebound Against Red Wings2017-01-07
The San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings will complete their season series tonight as the two teams face each other after very different results in their previous games. On Thursday night, the injury-ravaged Red Wings helped San Jose with a 4-0 clean sheet of the Los Angeles Kings on the back of Jared Coreau’s […] Link
Recap: Wild Beat Sharks With Third Period Frenzy2017-01-06
The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild both came into this game off a loss, and they opened up the contest looking to get back into the win column with gusto. The Wild traveled for a three-game California road trip fresh off a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who snapped the Wild’s 12-game win […] Link
Sharks’ Brenden Dillon Brings Versatility2017-01-06
Brenden Dillon has solidified a home in the San Jose Sharks bottom pairing since arriving from the Dallas Stars and especially this year. San Jose jettisoned Roman Polak, who spent 24 regular season and 24 playoff games on Dillon’s right side, and brought in underrated David Schlemko to add some more puck-moving ability to the Sharks […] Link
San Jose’s Speed Problem2017-01-06
Last season, the San Jose Sharks lost in the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Many observers noted Pittsburgh’s superior team speed as a key reason for their championship. Funny thing about speed in hockey, though. Speed is not enough. The Sharks are a case study for this. Speed Doesn’t Kill Two of the Sharks’ […] Link
Preview: Sharks Continue Homestand Against Wild2017-01-05
The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild face off for the first of three meetings this year tonight at the SAP Center. The Wild are coming off a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets; a game that captivated the hockey world as two teams with 12+ game winning streaks faced off for the first time […] Link
Recap: Kings Beat Sharks to Even Season Series2017-01-04
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings certainly do not have much love for each other, but playing for the second time in three days diminished what little there was between the two California rivals. The Sharks would heavily shuffle their defensive pairs with both Marc-Edouard Vlasic and David Schlemko out of the lineup and […] Link
Preview: Sharks New Look Defense Takes on Kings2017-01-03
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angles Kings squared off in the NHL’s last game of 2016 and now are set to get the 2017 part of their schedules going against each other as well. The Sharks hold a 2-1 edge in the season series but the Kings won on New Year’s Eve by a 3-2 […] Link
Recap: Kings Snap 3-Game Skid, Beat San Jose2017-01-01
The Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on the last night of 2016. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles and was the first loss in four games for San Jose. Having played their last nine games away from Staples Center, this was the first home game in three […] Link
Sharks’ 2016 Was a Very Good Year2016-12-31
If one set expectations for the San Jose Sharks based on the first game they played in 2016, the expectations would have been wrong. Against the Winnipeg Jets, back on Jan. 2, the Sharks played an abysmal game, losing 4-1. After the Winnipeg loss, San Jose held a 18-17-2 record. Their playoff hopes remained intact […] Link
Recap: Sharks & Dell Blank Flyers2016-12-31
The San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers only meet twice each season, and the lack of familiarity was evident throughout the contest. The Sharks went with backup goalie Aaron Dell for only his fifth start of the season and he continued his stellar play in relief of Martin Jones with a 21-save performance. The Flyers […] Link
Preview: Kings End 2017 Against San Jose2016-12-31
The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid losing a fourth consecutive game when they take on the San Jose Sharks later tonight. The Kings return to Staples Center after playing their last nine games on the road. They haven’t played a home game since Dec. 10 when they beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Since […] Link
Preview: Kings End 2016 Against San Jose2016-12-31
The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid losing a fourth consecutive game when they take on the San Jose Sharks later tonight. The Kings return to Staples Center after playing their last nine games on the road. They haven’t played a home game since Dec. 10 when they beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Since […] Link
Preview: Sharks Take On Flyers2016-12-30
The San Jose Sharks face the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time in the 2016-17 season as the two teams trend in different directions. The Sharks hope to build on a lucky two points gained against the Ducks and are 4-1 in their last five games. The Flyers are trying to get back on track […] Link
Defense & Overtime Lead Surging Sharks2016-12-29
The San Jose Sharks’ record stood at 9-8-1 after 18 games. Over the next 17 games, they have been one the top teams in hockey, compiling a sizzling 13-4-0 record. This includes four wins in the extra sessions – two wins in the shootout and two more in overtime. The San Jose Sharks have ridden a strong […] Link
Sharks’ Special Teams, Line Shake-Ups & Hertl2016-12-29
The San Jose Sharks are starting to find consistency. Despite a logjam currently in the Pacific Division, San Jose is slowly gaining separation from the pack, having won seven of their past eight games. While even-strength play has carried the bulk of the Sharks’ offense, special teams have been non-existent. The offense has been a […] Link
Recap: Ducks Can’t Capitalize Against Sharks2016-12-28
Even in a game where it felt like the Anaheim Ducks did just about everything right, it still wasn’t enough. Things got off to a bizarre start for the Ducks, who unexpectedly announced that Sami Vatanen would not be in the lineup just minutes before puck drop. That forced head coach Randy Carlyle to dress […] Link
Speculation Rises For Sharks Top Trade Candidates2016-12-27
The San Jose Sharks are in a good spot. They have pushed themselves to the top of the Pacific Division in time for the Christmas break. Further, they have added two rookie forwards to the roster and both are panning out. While the Sharks are in a good spot, there is a fly in the ointment. […] Link
Goldobin Growth Needed Before Joining Sharks2016-12-27
The San Jose Sharks are starting to see the benefits of prospects ready to join the team from the San Jose Barracuda. Among players called up from the Barracuda, Kevin Labanc has made the biggest impact this season for the Sharks. Timo Meier, the Sharks’ top prospect, is now in the NHL and is adjusting […] Link
Preview: Ducks Back in Action Against Sharks2016-12-27
The Anaheim Ducks are back in the office Tuesday night, hosting the rival San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Anaheim sits only three points back of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, making tonight’s contest an oddly important one for a late-December affair. The Ducks have had an up-and-down season, but they’ve found success against San Jose, […] Link
Expansion Draft Scenarios for Sharks2016-12-26
The Vegas Golden Knights will arrive next season. Well-managed NHL teams have considered the impact of expansion since the expansion draft rules were finalized. Players have been, or will be traded, waived or bought out based upon the expansion draft rules agreed to by the NHL and the NHLPA. Twenty-six of the NHL’s 30 teams […] Link
Hertl May Never Hit His Potential2016-12-26
Tomas Hertl continues to rehab in efforts of returning to the San Jose Sharks’ lineup. Once he gets clearance to play, head coach Peter DeBoer may find himself in a dilemma. The recent influx of talent has caused DeBoer to pencil different lineups recently with some veterans being left off. Joel Ward and David Schlemko […] Link
Why the Sharks Have Better Record This Season?2016-12-25
On December 25, last year the San Jose Sharks were 17-15-2 for 36 points. Through the same number of games, the Sharks are 21-12-1 (43 points) at the 2016 Christmas break. What are the reasons for the improvement? It Is Not the Offense The most obvious statistical change in the Sharks’ performance this season is […] Link
Recap: Sharks Plug Oilers in Overtime2016-12-24
The San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers faced off to decide who would take sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division headed into the holiday break.It was a game with something for everyone: big saves, big hits, a few fights and some highlight reel goals. The two teams would play a solid defensive game […] Link
Balance Is Key to Sharks Roster2016-12-24
One of the challenges facing the general manager of a professional sports team is to decide on the best approaches to building that team. Each sport has its own idiosyncrasies, so what might work in one sport might not succeed in another. Acquisition Methods In the NHL, there are many challenges associated with each method of acquisition. […] Link
Preview: Sharks Face Oilers in Battle of Overworked Goalies2016-12-23
The San Jose Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at SAP Center in a battle of teams atop the Pacific Division. The Oilers currently trail San Jose in the standings due to fewer wins, but the Sharks have two games in hand on the resurgent Oilers. This is the final stop for the Oilers’ […] Link
Barracuda Hot Headed Into Break2016-12-22
The San Jose Barracuda completed their pre-holiday break with seven of 10 possible points, punctuated by a tough 6-3 win over the Pacific Division-leading Stockton Heat. With two of the Barracuda’s star youngsters, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc, forcing their way onto the San Jose Sharks’ lineup card, the Barracuda have found new contributors and continued […] Link
Couture Heating up at Right Time for Sharks2016-12-21
Logan Couture marches to his own beat when he steps on the ice for a shift. Unlike vocal leader Joe Pavelski, captain of the San Jose Sharks, Couture opts to let his play do the talking. After a slow start to the 2016-17 campaign, the alternate captain is beginning to find his scoring touch again. […] Link
Recap: Sharks Douse Flames 4-12016-12-21
The San Jose Sharks returned to the comfy confines of the SAP Center to face the Calgary Flames after a long road trip. The Flames, who played the previous night in Arizona, struggled to get their legs under themselves early. They were able to keep the Sharks off the board early but unraveled in the second […] Link
The Sharks Have a List for Santa2016-12-20
So it’s that time of year again. It’s cold outside, with holiday parties going on and too much candy hanging around the house for anyone’s good. The San Jose Sharks‘ season is much the same as it ever was: playing well enough, already firmly in the thick of the playoff picture and dreaming not so […] Link
Sharks Find Newest Late-Round Gem2016-12-20
Kevin Labanc was only selected at No. 171 in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks and currently holds a P/GP rate of 0.32. Surprisingly, for someone who’s only scored four NHL goals to date, statistics tell us he’s focused more on scoring goals than he is on […] Link
Preview: Sharks take on Flames in San Jose2016-12-20
The San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames face off in their second of five meetings at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Flames are playing their second road game in 48 hours coming off a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes last night in Glendale, AZ. The Flames converted on three of their six […] Link
Sharks Have Cap Space to Deal – Part 32016-12-19
The San Jose Sharks had won four in a row against Eastern Conference opponents before falling to the Blackhawks Sunday evening. At 19-12-1, the Sharks sit in first place in the Pacific Division. It would appear to be a strange time to speculate on roster changes needed to improve the team’s performance. But is it? […] Link
Brent Burns: MVP Candidate2016-12-18
San Jose Sharks veteran and future Hall-of-Famer Joe Thornton said it clearly. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns needs to skate another 50 games and the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman is his. Thornton then added more superlatives, calling Burns the best player in the world. Is Thornton correct? Well, Burns needs to do more than […] Link
Preview: Sharks Wrap Up Road Trip in Chicago2016-12-18
The San Jose Sharks wrap up their current four games in six nights road trip in the unfriendly confines of the United Center against the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks. San Jose has enjoyed little success when visiting the Windy City of late: the Sharks are just 1-8-1 at the United Center since March 14, 2011. The […] Link
Recap: Sharks Beat Canadiens 4-22016-12-17
The San Jose Sharks playing their third game in four nights put an early thumping on the Montreal Canadiens and held on for the victory after two late goals by the Habs made the game interesting. After stealing four points in a pair of shootout wins over Toronto and Ottawa, a statement was made against the […] Link
Sharks Face A Daunting Dozen2016-12-16
In the season’s first 18 games, the San Jose Sharks went a very modest 9-8-1, putting them in the middle of the Pacific Division. For a team favored to win the division, this was not a great start, especially with the continuity advantage this team had over pretty much every other NHL team. The most recent dozen […] Link
Sharks Have Cap Space to Deal – Part 22016-12-16
As presented in Part 1 of this series on potential Sharks roster moves, the team’s General Manager Doug Wilson has proven very adept at making deals to acquire soon-to-be unrestricted free agents (UFAs). Because of injuries, the Sharks have almost $3 million to spend without having to worry about going over the NHL salary cap […] Link
Preview: Sharks Continue Road Trip Against Canadiens2016-12-16
The San Jose Sharks road trip through eastern Canada reaches as far east as it will take them tonight when they face the Montreal Canadiens. The match-up features two division leaders: The Habs are atop the Atlantic Division and San Jose is setting the pace in the Pacific. The two teams last met on December […] Link
Recap: Sharks’ Point Theft Continues Against Senators2016-12-15
After Mike Condon stole two points for the Ottawa Senators against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose last week, it was Martin Jones’ turn to return the favor as the series shifted to Ottawa. Despite the Senators taking the late lead and San Jose taking only a slight edge in shot attempts, the Sharks […] Link
With Couture and (Maybe) Vlasic out, It’s Timo Time2016-12-15
Last night during the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators game, it was a parade to the penalty box to start the game, and that was before things really got chippy. In the last minute of play during the second period, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Erik Karlsson were tied up in the corner when the first shot […] Link
Recap: Sharks Steal Two Points From Leafs2016-12-14
The last Toronto Maple Leafs home victory over the San Jose Sharks was back on January 29, 2002. That streak did not end the first time San Jose faced Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen in Toronto. The Sharks would be without their best defenseman, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who missed his first game of the season. The loss of […] Link
Preview: Sharks Take on Senators2016-12-14
The San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators will complete their season series tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre and the Sharks hope for a season split. The Senators skated away with a 4-2 victory over the Sharks at SAP Center on December 7, despite being thoroughly outplayed by San Jose in every facet of the game. […] Link
Preview: San Jose Sharks Take on Maple Leafs2016-12-13
The San Jose Sharks start a four-game road trip to the center of the hockey universe as they make their only appearance of the 2016-17 season in Toronto. The Sharks were able to hold on to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday before heading out to eastern Canada to face the Toronto […] Link
Barracuda at the Quarter Mark: Defense & Goalies2016-12-13
The San Jose Barracuda defense and goaltending, like the forward group, has seen an influx of new players that through the quarter mark of the AHL season already have paid dividends. When asked if this was the best defense of his AHL career, head coach Roy Sommer said they were the best in recent memory. […] Link
Sharks Have Cap Space to Deal2016-12-13
The long-term contract signed by Brent Burns, well-earned by the player and well-structured for the benefit of both player and team, represents only a $2.24 million-per-year raise over Burns’ current salary cap charge. With four unrestricted (Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels, and Micheal Haley), and four restricted free agents (Matt Nieto, Melker Karlsson, Joonas […] Link
Recap: Sharks Weather Hurricanes’ Shot Storm in 4-3 Win2016-12-11
The second and final meeting between the San Jose Sharks and the Carolina Hurricanes looked nothing like the 1-0 Carolina victory at PNC Center. The goals came in bunches. The goaltending was not stellar for the Hurricanes and San Jose’s Aaron Dell kept on his winning ways. The Hurricanes won the possession battle from the […] Link
Barracuda at the Quarter Mark – the Forwards2016-12-11
The San Jose Barracuda opened the 2016-17 season drastically different from the teams’ inaugural year. Turnover in the AHL is nothing new, but the make-up of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate was as pronounced as the organization has ever experienced. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has added 44 new players in the previous three […] Link
Sharks Lose Again Late2016-12-10
In the 130th meeting of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks, a sparse crowd at the Honda Center witnessed a replay of sorts as the Sharks once again allowed a late third-period goal after clawing back from a two-goal deficit. First Period San Jose spotted itstheir opponent two goals for the second game in […] Link
Preview: Sharks Look to Rebound Against Hurricanes2016-12-10
The San Jose Sharks face the Carolina Hurricanes 24 hours after a quick one-game road loss to Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks hope to change the narrative from the past two games: spot a two-goal lead, tie the game, lose late in the third period. Lindholm wrist shot beats a screened Jones, Ducks take a 3-2 […] Link
Meier & Labanc Want to Be Sharks2016-12-09
Last year during training camp, first-year head coach Peter DeBoer faced a dilemma he was glad to have. Timo Meier, the San Jose Sharks’ first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, made an impressive debut in his first camp to show he was ready for NHL action. The 2015 draft perhaps boasted the most […] Link
Preview: Sharks Head to Anaheim For First Time This Season2016-12-09
Tonight’s match will be the third of the five-game season series between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks and the first in Orange County. The Sharks winless so far this season against Anaheim (0-1-1) with the single point earned against the Ducks coming on October 25 in a 2-1 overtime loss. Ryan Kesler leads […] Link
Sharks Hot Despite Lack of Scoring2016-12-08
The San Jose Sharks are red hot. The Sharks are tied for first in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers with two games in hand. Going into Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, the Sharks have won three in a row and six of their last seven. Their last three wins came over two […] Link
Preview: Sharks Welcome Senators to SAP2016-12-08
The San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators face off for the first time during the 2016-17 season tonight, and only a single point separates the two clubs. Sharks netminder Martin Jones looks to have shaken off his early season jitters and has been stellar in the last 30 days. The former Calgary Hitmen netminder has […] Link
Recap: Sharks Unlucky in 4-2 Loss to Senators2016-12-08
The San Jose Sharks came off a long layoff to face an Ottawa Senators team that swept the season series against them last season. The result would be an unfortunate one for a rested Sharks roster that peppered Ottawa backup netminder Mike Condon with 37 shots and allowed only 16 on Martin Jones. The hockey […] Link
Sharks’ Best Ever Defense Depth2016-12-08
The San Jose Sharks‘ defense is as deep of a blueline as the franchise has had since its inception. Many players have contributed to the solid and even top-notch defensive corps. The seven rearguards the Sharks currently send out each night coupled with the emerging talent with the San Jose Barracuda gives the organization the best […] Link
Tricky Situation of Justin Braun2016-12-02
The San Jose Sharks recently signed one of the NHL’s best defenseman to an eight-year, $64 million deal, making him the second highest paid defenseman in the league. The Sharks will need to sign another of the NHL’s best defensemen to a big deal in a couple of years. It is rare to find a […] Link
Book Review: ‘100 Things Sharks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’2016-11-30
The San Jose Sharks have earned themselves an interesting place in NHL history. At times, they have been unexpected overachievers, at other times, gut-wrenching disappointments. In the process, they have employed colorful characters, developed steadfast traditions, and had their share of quirky twists. Longtime Bay Area sportswriter Ross McKeon, one the few who has followed the […] Link
Mantas Armalis Adjusting and Winning2016-11-29
After largely being relegated to the bench during the San Jose Barracuda’s long road trip, goaltender Mantas Armalis now finds himself as the number one goaltender due to an injury to Troy Grosenick. Armalis said he was fighting a cold as well during the road trip but looks to be returning to health as the […] Link
Moving Burns Up Is Worth a Look2016-11-29
Stop. Just stop right there. Yes, you have read all about this, and there has been more digital blood and ink spilled on the topic of Brent Burns‘ actual position and where he is best suited since he arrived. As The Big Lebowski once wisely said: “Hey, new [information] has come to light, man.” Throughout […] Link
Boedker Struggling, Schlemko & Dell Shining2016-11-28
Doug Wilson made his intentions clear after last season of staying competitive after the San Jose Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Areas of improvement were highlighted after falling short against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With a versatile defenseman and backup goaltender the likely targets, Wilson was confident that San Jose Barracuda […] Link
Grading the Sharks So Far2016-11-25
The quarter pole is upon us and that means everyone will have their quarterly grades for NHL players and teams. As a lemming jumping off the cliff, so will I. As the final arbiter of each evaluation, my judgment is all that counts. If you do not approve of a grade, feel free to comment. […] Link
Sharks at the Quarter Mark: Part 32016-11-24
In our third and final article covering the San Jose Sharks season, one-quarter of the way through, we’ll quickly review the items covered in the two prior pieces, here and here, then move to things San Jose can do to change the trajectory of their season. For a team with Stanley Cup aspirations, it was […] Link
Sharks at the Quarter Mark: Part 22016-11-23
After covering San Jose’s approach to the first quarter of the 2016-17 season, I will now take a look into the two issues which seem to garner the most attention: scoring and the Sharks’ history of slow starts. History Repeating? Some may think the Sharks are merely duplicating last season’s slow start. For many reasons, this […] Link
Burns’ Value to the Sharks Is Clear2016-11-23
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun sent out a pair of tweets that quickly spread in the San Jose Sharks Twitterverse. LeBrun reported that the Sharks and All-Star defenseman Brent Burns are working on a contract extension and that a lot of the heavy lifted may be completed. LeBrun was spot on as the Sharks and their All-Star […] Link
Sharks Not Feeling the Pressure2016-11-23
Bay Area fans and press have a reputation for being soft on their underperforming sports stars and franchises until they hit rock bottom. Teams from cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and others, consistently feel pressure to win a championship. But being competitive seems to be enough to satisfy Bay Area sports fans, regardless of […] Link
Hertl Hurt and O’Regan Called Up2016-11-22
The San Jose Sharks’ saga of Tomas Hertl’s right knee took another twist as the 23-year-old was placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 17, and center Danny O’Regan was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda. Hertl Hurt Again The San Jose Sharks first round draft pick in 2012 helped stabilize the entire line-up […] Link
Surgery for Hertl, Ramo Healthy & More News2016-11-22
Monday night, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced that forward Tomas Hertl will undergo a “minor procedure” following a knee sprain he suffered on Nov. 17. “Hertl will undergo a minor procedure [Tuesday] under the direction of the Kaiser Permanente medical team,” Wilson said in a statement. “Following the procedure, Hertl will proceed […] Link
Sharks at the Quarter Mark: Part 12016-11-22
Nearly a quarter of the way through the NHL 2016-17 season, and it’s clear the San Jose Sharks have missed out on reasonable expectations. With a record of 10-8-1 to this point, they are in decent shape in the standings, but they have also left a lot of opportunity behind. The Sharks entered the season […] Link
Sharks Are Playing Boring Hockey2016-11-22
The San Jose Sharks ended their most recent road trip with a 3-2-1 record. After winning last night they are 10-8-1 overall, not significantly different from last season’s 10-8-0 start. Throughout the early season, one thing is certain, the Sharks are boring. The mediocre start is something to keep an eye on, not a reason […] Link
Is Hertl’s Health a Concern?2016-11-19
It seems like every time Tomas Hertl turns the corner, something holds him back. He was a dynamic rookie three seasons ago, netting 15 goals in 37 games. But then came the knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown, and there went his season, lost to surgery to repair ligaments in his right knee. After a subpar […] Link
Sharks’ Compete Level a Concern2016-11-18
Before embarking on a six-game road trip, the San Jose Sharks left SAP Center with a bitter taste. Three consecutive losses left coach Peter DeBoer searching for answers with a struggling Sharks offense. Given the talent on the roster, DeBoer was juggling lines desperate to find a breakthrough. NHL teams are bound to have off-nights […] Link
Sharks Need to Embrace Depth2016-11-16
The San Jose Sharks have shaken up the forward lines seemingly every other game. Mikkel Boedker is still looking for some chemistry, any spark at all, with a centerman. Tomas Hertl has moved lines as well as positions. The fourth line has been a hodgepodge of players, but the rotation of Michael Haley, Chris Tierney, […] Link
Melker Karlsson’s Effective Season2016-11-15
San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson is one of the many NHL players who rarely gets time in the spotlight. Even knowledgeable Sharks fans are hard-pressed to differentiate his game from other Sharks depth forwards. Yet Karlsson has proven himself something of a difference maker. Last season, Karlsson finished at plus-5, fourth in plus-minus among […] Link
Sharks Flashing Stanley Cup Form2016-11-14
After 15 games, what can be said about the San Jose Sharks? There is no doubt that the Sharks have shown flashes of the team that made the Stanley Cup Final last year. But they have struggled to score and only recently has Martin Jones started to turn things around in goal. Starts with Martin […] Link
Sharks’ Mikkel Boedker Role a Work in Progress2016-11-10
The San Jose Sharks moved quickly during the NHL’s free agent frenzy this past summer to address the organization’s needs. The Pittsburgh Penguins exposed the Sharks’ lack of speed during the Stanley Cup Final. General Manager Doug Wilson stepped in quickly, adding Mikkel Boedker to the roster on a relatively affordable four-year, $16 million pact […] Link
The San Jose Sharks Quirky Lines2016-11-09
Prior to the start of their current road trip, the San Jose Sharks called up right-handed forward Kevin Labanc. In the first game of the trip, coach Peter DeBoer inserted Labanc on the second line. Following a victory in Washington, DeBoer kept the lines intact for the next game in Florida against the Panthers. In […] Link
Sharks Need to Consider Changes2016-11-09
Yes, it is only 12 games into the San Jose Sharks’ 1016-17 season so it is not the time to panic. However, it is time to evaluate where the Sharks are and whether adjustments should be considered. Need for Speed As many teams did in the offseason, the Sharks adjusted their roster to increase team […] Link
Kevin Labanc Debuts With Bite2016-11-09
For the San Jose Sharks fans, learning the lineup for this 2016-17 season has not been a challenge. In any given game, 18 skaters skate. Through 12 games, the Sharks managed to use only 19 players to fill those 18 spots. In Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Sharks used their 20th skater […] Link
What to Expect from Kevin Labanc2016-11-08
The San Jose Sharks made news yesterday on a rather regular call-up of an extra forward ahead of a long, six-game road trip. For the first time, right winger Kevin Labanc will join the team that drafted him for an NHL game. The Sharks selected Labanc in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry […] Link
Sharks Need Some Offense2016-11-08
A three-game losing streak did not seem to be in the cards early in the season for the San Jose Sharks. For head coach Peter DeBoer, he can play any hand given the talent on the Sharks’ roster. Instead, he finds his side lacking bite in finding the back of the net. After three disappointing […] Link
4 Sharks Vegas Fans Should Know
The San Jose Sharks are up next on our list of players that fans of the Vegas Golden Knights should know. Arguably there is no team with a more complicated expansion draft landscape to navigate than the Sharks. Blame it all on Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Both entered the NHL in 1997, both will […] Link
Sharks’ Expansion Draft Strategies
Later this month the Vegas Golden Knights roster will finally take shape with the Expansion Draft. A great primer on the rules of the draft from The Hockey Writers is here. For the San Jose Sharks, general manager Doug Wilson’s planning has been excellent. The flexibility he crafted into the Sharks’ roster leaves a lot […] Link
San Jose Sharks 2017 Draft Targets
After exiting the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round this spring, the San Jose Sharks find themselves with the 19th selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks have some decent success drafting in the middle third of the opening round. Mirco Mueller (18th – 2013), Tomas Hertl (17th – 2012), Ty Wishart […] Link
Does Ovechkin as a Shark Make Sense?
One of hockey’s brightest stars, Alexander Ovechkin, is rumored to be on the trading block. There are reasons a deal makes sense for the Washington Capitals. The elite goal scorer had a down season (yes, 33 goals is a down season for him), finished it injured and has a very pricey $9.54 million annual cap […] Link
The San Jose Sharks’ Sole Focus
The San Jose Sharks’ offseason is both very complicated and quite simple. Factors such as the expansion draft, the potential for a relatively flat salary cap and expiring contracts of the franchise’s two greatest players are all in the mix. Yet, the Sharks need to focus on a single core objective: getting the elite forward which […] Link
Vegas Gets to Pick Their Shark
In a couple of days, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights will pick a team of 30 players, one selected from each NHL team. The San Jose Sharks offer up some of the more intriguing possibilities with an interesting group of defensemen, a talented but recently underachieving forward and a stellar backup goalie. So what will Vegas do? As […] Link
2017 Norris Trophy Winner: Brent Burns
Brent Burns has won the 2017 Norris Trophy – awarded annually to the NHL’s best defenseman. In a tight competition that could have been won by any of the three finalists, Burns, Erik Karlsson or Victor Hedman, the San Jose Sharks blueliner ultimately came out on top following a season that was unlike any seen […] Link
2017 NHL Draft: Sharks Pick Josh Norris #19 Overall
With the 19th Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks Have Selected Josh Norris From the U.S. National U18 Team. About Josh Norris Expected to go in the mid- to late-second round, Josh Norris was taken with the 19th overall pick by the San Jose Sharks. A talented center in the U.S. Development Program, […] Link
A Big, Small Week for the Sharks
In a week where so many NHL things happened, the San Jose Sharks made relatively few and quite modest moves. The week that was had awards, two different drafts and over two-thirds of the league’s team involved in trades. But for the Sharks, there were few headlines. We Have a Winner The highlight, without question, was the […] Link
In San Jose, A Wary Reality Sets In
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are the two best players in San Jose Sharks history. They’ve been joined at the hip since Thornton’s arrival in 2005. Almost any listing of franchise scoring records will find the two of them first and second. They are also among the most popular Sharks. Over three years ago, the […] Link
Sharks Sign Jones, Vlasic to Extensions
In the midst of the biggest free agent day of the year, the San Jose Sharks have also elected to lock up two of their own players for a while longer – signing both goaltender Martin Jones and defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to contract extensions. ⚡️ “Vlasic and Jones Re-Signed by #SJSharks”https://t.co/tgpsIB1xF8 — San Jose Sharks […] Link
Sharks Sign Joe Thornton
After so much speculation and tons of rumoured destinations, it seems as though big Joe Thornton will be returning to the San Jose Sharks on a one-year deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. If Jumbo Joe re-ups in SJ, his one-year deal there could be in excess of $6M. Certainly, at least $6M. — Bob […] Link
Sharks Are Checking Roster Boxes
As I flipped my calendar to July, I saw the picture. It is a graceful albatross, flying above the coastline of the Falkland Islands. On July 1, 2017, the NHL began their new calendar season and, as always, a flurry of activity came with it. A bad deal is often called an albatross, and more […] Link
Sharks’ Brandon Bollig Signing a Step Backwards
The Sharks signed forward Brandon Bollig to a two-way contract Tuesday morning, and who better to fill the void left by our dear-departed goals named Patrick Marleau? Bollig spent the 2016-17 season with the AHL’s Stockton Heat after clearing waivers from the Calgary Flames in October. One wonders, then, what kind of impact Bollig is […] Link
The Ever-So-Talented Patrick Marleau
This is the first of three pieces on San Jose Sharks legend Patrick Marleau. This part will cover some of the more descriptive moments of his career in San Jose along with the sorts of highlights which made it such a thrill to watch him play. The second piece will cover his ups and downs, what cements […] Link
San Jose Sharks Top 4 Prospects 2017
When the San Jose Sharks take the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers at home on Oct. 4, there will be a vacancy in the lineup fans have not seen since a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on April 9, 2009. Patrick Marleau will be absent. A gap that massive, in production and cultural impact […] Link
Patrick Marleau’s Yin and Yang
Yin and yang represent duality, seemingly opposite or contrary forces which are actually complementary, interconnected and interdependent. In part two of our three-part series, we examine how this duality fits Patrick Marleau. He is a great hockey player and he’ll make for an interesting discussion for a spot in hockey’s Hall of Fame. His upcoming seasons […] Link
Chris Tierney’s One-Year Contract is a Win-Win
San Jose Sharks center and restricted free agent Chris Tierney agreed to the terms of his qualifying offer from the team this week, and it’s pretty puzzling at first glance. A one-year deal for $735,000 seems low for a three-year pro coming off of his best season by several different measures. There are a number […] Link
Is Patrick Marleau Right for the Leafs?
As Patrick Marleau heads to Toronto, there is a buzz. In our third and final part of the series, we’ll peer into Marleau’s future with the Maple Leafs. Related Part 1: The Ever-So Talented Patrick Marleau Part 2: Patrick Marleau’s Yin and Yang During Marleau’s time in San Jose, he often divided the fan base. So it comes as little […] Link
Sharks Play the Waiting Game
For the San Jose Sharks, this offseason is pivotal. They lost their all-time leading goal scorer to free agency. They’ve re-signed their all-time best player, despite being 38 years-old, coming off a down season and finishing it with two torn knee ligaments. He got 16% raise. The Sharks have made few moves. Though I question […] Link
Why Boedker Will Bounce Back in 2017-18
When the San Jose Sharks acquired Mikkel Boedker as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, it looked like they had addressed their need for secondary scoring on the power play. After a not particularly close Stanley Cup Final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Sharks managed only eight goals in six games, general […] Link
Why Boedker Will Bounce Back in 2017-18
When the San Jose Sharks acquired Mikkel Boedker as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, it looked like they had addressed their need for secondary scoring on the power play. After a not particularly close Stanley Cup Final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Sharks managed only eight goals in six games, general […] Link
Sharks Play the Waiting Game
For the San Jose Sharks, this offseason is pivotal. They lost their all-time leading goal scorer to free agency. They’ve re-signed their all-time best player, despite being 38 years-old, coming off a down season and finishing it with two torn knee ligaments. He got 16% raise. The Sharks have made few moves. Though I question […] Link
Is Patrick Marleau Right for the Leafs?
As Patrick Marleau heads to Toronto, there is a buzz. In our third and final part of the series, we’ll peer into Marleau’s future with the Maple Leafs. Related Part 1: The Ever-So Talented Patrick Marleau Part 2: Patrick Marleau’s Yin and Yang During Marleau’s time in San Jose, he often divided the fan base. So it comes as little […] Link
Chris Tierney’s One-Year Contract is a Win-Win
San Jose Sharks center and restricted free agent Chris Tierney agreed to the terms of his qualifying offer from the team this week, and it’s pretty puzzling at first glance. A one-year deal for $735,000 seems low for a three-year pro coming off of his best season by several different measures. There are a number […] Link
Patrick Marleau’s Yin and Yang
Yin and yang represent duality, seemingly opposite or contrary forces which are actually complementary, interconnected and interdependent. In part two of our three-part series, we examine how this duality fits Patrick Marleau. He is a great hockey player and he’ll make for an interesting discussion for a spot in hockey’s Hall of Fame. His upcoming seasons […] Link
What’s Next for Jannik Hansen?

We’re deep into the summer, yet one of the greatest Danish hockey players of all time remains without a contract. Jannik Hansen should have more in the tank, but one sub-par season has demolished his value on the market. This begs the question, what’s next for Jannik Hansen? Where’s Hansen’s Value Lies For nearly a […]

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NHL Rumors: Seguin, Hughes, Pacioretty, More

In today’s rumor rundown, there is some speculation the Montreal Canadiens might have interest in Tyler Seguin, the Vancouver Canucks are potentially making room for their new drafted youngster, the Red Wings are ironing out a deal for Dylan Larking and the Sharks are looking to make a deal with the cap room they have […]

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Changes and Updates in Sharks Territory

The big news of the past week in San Jose Sharks territory is about what didn’t happen. John Tavares didn’t select San Jose as his new hockey home and so the search for a new top center will continue along a different path, perhaps at a different time. But there are recent changes worth discussing. […]

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Sharks Re-Sign Hertl & Thornton

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed forwards Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl. Thornton’s contract will last one year and will pay the veteran center $5 million for the 2018-19 season. Hertl’s is a four-year contract. BREAKING: The #SJSharks re-sign @TomasHertl48 to a four-year contract! 🐢: https://t.co/ObnSNR8xHq pic.twitter.com/y9TEAnQpVc — San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 2, 2018 […]

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Doug Wilson and the Risk Worth Taking

John Tavares has left the New York Islanders and is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The best player to hit unrestricted free agency in a very long time had a list of six teams he considered: the team he played for his first nine seasons, the New York Islanders, and five others. The San […]

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Couture Signs Extension With Sharks

The San Jose Sharks and forward Logan Couture have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension worth $64 million, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period. This deal will carry an $8 million cap hit per year through the 2026-27 season. Couture is set to officially sign his contract extension on July 1 […]

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The San Jose Sharks Embrace Risk

In the past few months, the San Jose Sharks have gone all in on superstar center John Tavares becoming a free agent and having him sign with the Sharks. In the just concluded draft, they selected Ryan Merkley with their top pick. Merkley was widely considered the most polarizing high-end talent in the draft. And […]

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Sharks’ Consistent Success May Be in Trouble

The San Jose Sharks have enjoyed consistent success like few other franchises have seen. They’ve missed the playoffs only twice since 1997, reaching the Conference Finals five times. If you don’t think that means anything, then consider that there are 17 franchises that have been to a Conference Finals series fewer times than San Jose. […]

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NHL News & Notes: Erik Karlsson, Datsyuk, & More

In today’s News & Notes, Erik Karlsson has undergone groin surgery, Pavel Datsyuk has signed a new contract in the KHL and the Vancouver Canucks won’t be moving the 10th overall selection. Related: NHL News & Notes: Bruins, Predators & More Karlsson Undergoes Groin Surgery As many expected would be the case, Karlsson has undergone […]

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Erik Karlsson Re-Signs With Sharks: Report

The San Jose Sharks and veteran defender Erik Karlsson have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension worth over $90 million, according to Pierre LeBrun. As Bob McKenzie mentions, the deal is worth roughly $11.5 million per season and makes him the third-highest paid player in the NHL behind only Connor McDavid and Auston […]

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NHL Rumors: Penguins, Bruins, Lightning, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation out of Pittsburgh with the Penguins, questions in Boston with the Bruins, and notes on the Tampa Bay Lighting, among others. Penguins Interested in Simmonds? Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now said that after clearing some space by moving Olli Maatta, the Pittsburgh Penguins might have interest […]

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Sharks Trade Justin Braun to Flyers

The San Jose Sharks have moved a defenseman prior to Friday’s NHL Entry Draft where a number of similar trades are likely to take place. In an effort to clear salary cap space, the team has moved veteran defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers. In return, the Sharks receive a second-round pick in 2019 […]

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NHL Rumors: Sharks, Wild, Maple Leafs, More

In today’s second installment of the NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on a few names circulating the rumor mill including Patrick Marleau, the recently bought out Corey Perry, Joe Pavelski, and news on the Minnesota Wild. Marleau Wants to be Trade Back to San Jose It’s no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs need […]

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NHL Rumors: Islanders and Marner, Gardiner, Oilers, Sharks, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, are the New York Islanders making a play for Mitch Marner? What options is Jake Gardiner considering? What are options the Edmonton Oilers are toying with as they search the NHL for an affordable winger? Where will players like Anton Stralman, Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry end up? They are […]

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Sharks’ Success Starts at the Top with GM Wilson

If you’re only as strong as your latest move, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson may very well be the best in the game. Labanc Technically Gets a Raise Imagine being a fly on the wall during negotiations with Kevin Labanc, when the 23-year-old forward, fresh off a 56-point season, agreed to a $1 […]

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San Jose Sharks’ 50-Goal Scorer

As the summer rolls along and we get closer and closer to hockey, it’s time to look back to the history books. The San Jose Sharks have had multiple players come close to the 50-goal club, but only one player has hit that mark. The 1991-92 season was the inaugural season for the Fins, and […]

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