Player News - Sharks

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Logan Couture felt Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings might serve as a wakeup call.

As Couture noted, the Kings seem ready for the regular season. "We're going to have to open up our season against them in eight days, so we better get going," Couture added. It was still just an exhibition game though, so it's hard to get too work up over the outcome. The Sharks have a lot riding on this season after the way their 2014 playoff run ended, but their preseason record obviously isn't going to make or break them.
Oct 1 - 9:08 AM

Antti Niemi stopped 26-of-30 shots in the Sharks 4-1 preseason loss to the Kings on Tuesday night.

Niemi was unable exercise any demons against the Kings in this one as he let in a softie and was poor in playing the puck at times. Niemi did not help his cause to be the full-time starter this season and is in real danger to lose multiple starts to Alex Stalock this season. Make sure to handcuff your Niemi investment with Stalock if you haven't already.
Oct 1 - 1:23 AM

It seems likely that Tomas Hertl will start the season on a line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

Hertl played primarily with Thornton and Brent Burns in 2013-14. This is an even more enviable line for the young forward and could allow for Hertl to breakout this season after his rookie campaign was derailed due to a PCL/MCL injury.
Sep 30 - 9:57 AM

The San Jose Sharks have sent Micheal Haley to the minors.

Haley is useful in pools that have the penalty minute category but he does little else. Gus Young and Bryan Lerg were also sent to Worcester of the AHL.
Sep 28 - 11:06 AM

Matt Irwin is currently in a fight to retain his roster spot on defense in training camp.

Irwin came to camp with the fifth or sixth spot pretty well guaranteed but a slow start combined with some outstanding work by Taylor Fedun and Mirco Mueller has put his spot in doubt. If Irwin makes the team, his offensive flair should get him some power play time on the second unit.
Sep 28 - 11:03 AM

Logan Couture returned from an undisclosed injury on Saturday and potted a goal.

Couture has been playing on a line with Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto in training camp and it looks as if they could be a trio once the regular season begins. Couture is looking for a big season after he scored 23 goals and 53 points in an injury-plagued 65 games last season.
Sep 28 - 11:00 AM

Barclay Goodrow lit the lamp twice for the Sharks in their 3-1 win Saturday against the Ducks.

Goodrow signed an entry-level deal with the Sharks in March after several successful seasons in the OHL. He had 33 goals and 67 points with North Bay Battalion last season. Logan Couture notched the other goal for the Sharks. Nikolay Goldobin picked up two helpers. Alex Stalock set aside 16 shots as he received the full workload.
Sep 27 - 10:58 PM

The San Jose Sharks have signed Nikolay Goldobin to an entry level contract.

Goldobin was selected 27th overall in the 2014 Draft. "Nikolay is a dynamic player with a high-end skill set and tremendous vision," GM Doug Wilson said. "He's got great hockey sense which we feel will allow him to be successful." Goldobin will be returned to the Sarnia Sting of the OHL where he had 38 goals and 94 points last season.
Sep 27 - 10:53 AM

Taylor Fedun has been terrific for the Sharks in training camp and could crack the starting lineup.

Fedun is on a two-way contract and will make $600,000 if he remains in the NHL but will earn only $200,000 if he is sent to the minors. "Liked him again tonight," coach Todd MacLellan said on Friday. "I thought he and Mirco [Mueller] both did some really good things on the rink. Heightened our awareness, both of them, and improved their status amongst the club. The interesting thing [is], we’ll have some decisions to make. We often think of just keeping one, but maybe two of them or three of them can push some veterans out. When I look at the game in Vancouver, we had a couple guys there that were subpar, and if we have to make those changes, we will if the young D continue to play the way they do." Defensemen who could be in trouble are Matt Irwin, Jason Demers and Scott Hannan. Stay tuned.
Sep 27 - 10:50 AM

Brent Burns might've had his second goal of the preseason, but teammate Joe Pavelski tipped it in instead on the powerplay Friday night.

In 24:02 of ice time, he led all skaters with seven shots on goal, the powerplay assist, three blocks and a hit. He also played 5:29 on the man advantage, and 4:19 on the kill.
Sep 27 - 2:10 AM

Joe Pavelski tied the game at one early in the second when he tipped in a Brent Bruns shot on the powerplay.

One game, one goal. Tough to complain about that level of production, even if it is the preseason. He finished with 22:06 of ice time including 6:14 on the powerplay, four shots, and won 67% of his faceoffs.
Sep 27 - 2:06 AM

Antti Niemi played all 65 minutes of Friday night's game against Arizona, stopping 17 of 18 shots.

While he's playing with house money as the incumbant, his job is very much in question to begin the season. Head Coach Todd McLellan has made it known that the hot hand will play until noted otherwise. More starts like this however, will shape things in Niemi's favor.
Sep 27 - 2:00 AM

The San Jose Sharks have inked Julius Bergman to a three-year, entry-level contract.

There was a report over the summer indicating that they had done this, but now it's official. Bergman was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "We were very pleased to select Julius in this year's draft," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He plays a solid two-way game and sees the play well. You can never have too many smooth skating defensemen, and we look forward to watching his development."
Sep 26 - 6:15 PM

Logan Couture (undisclosed) skated on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday.

Couture took an awkward fall during the Sharks' preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The injury doesn't seem too serious and Couture should be able to return soon. If he can stay healthy, the 25-year-old is a good bet to surpass the 23 goal and 53 point totals he reached last season.
Sep 25 - 2:48 PM

Ben Meisner has been released by the San Jose Sharks.

Meisner was attending the Sharks' training camp on a tryout contract. He split the 2013-14 campaign between the ECHL Utah Grizzlies and Fort Wayne Komets.
Sep 24 - 5:52 PM


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