Player News - Sharks

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Aaron Dell stopped 20 of 22 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes.

Dell is a 27-year-old journeyman goaltender who played for San Jose in the American Hockey League last season, posting a 17-16-7 record. He is currently battling Mantas Armalis for the backup goaltending job in San Jose. Both goaltenders have a combined 0 career games played in the NHL, and it will be interesting to see if the Sharks feel comfortable enough with one of them entering the season. Neither of them have any fantasy value.
Oct 1 - 1:17 AM

Timo Meier (strep throat) is doubtful for Sunday's preseason contest.

As previously noted, Meier did resume skating with the Sharks on Friday though. While this disease hasn't put his availability for the regular season into jeopardy, it has robbed him of some precious time to prove himself as he competes for a roster spot. "I’m trying to stay positive," said Meier. "I’ve only missed preseason games and obviously, still trying to make the team. But I still have some time and I’ll try to make the most of it once I’m back."
Sep 30 - 6:48 PM

San Jose's preseason game against Arizona Friday night will be Tomas Hertl's first game since injuring his knee during the Stanley Cup Final.

"It’s definitely a test on his knee. He missed the World Cup because of it, and obviously missed the finals last year and has rehabbed hard all summer," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "It’s a good step for him towards getting back here healthy." Hertl is projected to play on a line with Kevin Labanc and Marcus Sorensen. Hertl will also be serving as a center, which is consistent with the role he's had in training camp thus far, but might not be where he ends up. From a fantasy perspective he'd probably be better off as a left winger because then he could play with Joe Thornton instead of center the third line.
Sep 30 - 6:33 PM

Timo Meier (strep throat) skated with the Sharks on Friday.

Meier will still miss Friday's preseason contest. Still, it looks like he's returning with enough time to make his case for a roster spot.
Sep 30 - 4:51 PM

Aaron Dell is expected to play between the pipes Friday night against Arizona.

Dell had a 2.42 GAA and .922 save percentage in 40 AHL contests last season. He's battling for San Jose's backup job, so this start is about more than just him getting ready for the 2016-17 campaign.
Sep 30 - 4:17 PM

Matthew Nieto is going into what could be a key season of his career.

Nieto has spent three seasons in the NHL, but he hasn't established himself as an important player with the Sharks. To make matters worse, last season he slipped to eight goals and 17 points in 67 games, down from 27 points a season prior. San Jose opted to sign him to a one-year, $735,000 million contract over the summer, which keeps the Sharks options open. We'll see if he responds by stepping up this season, but at the least he was stronger going into training camp.
Sep 30 - 12:00 PM

Timo Meier is still sidelined with strep throat.

Meier has missed four straight days of training camp now and he won't participate in Friday's preseason game. He's still a possibility for Sunday's exhibition contest though. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer felt it was too early to say that Meier's chances of making the team were being hurt by his absence. "If he’s back skating (Thursday) and he ends up playing some games here, I’m not worried about that," DeBoer said. "If we get to the middle or the end of next week and he’s still not participating, then you might start thinking about those things."
Sep 29 - 11:24 AM

Brent Burns and the Sharks aren't close to an extension yet, according to TSN and ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun.

Burns can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season and he will probably mull over his options before making a decision. The Sharks expressed their interest in keeping him in the fold early in the off-season and there have been some talks, but nothing is believed to be imminent.
Source: TSN.ca
Sep 28 - 6:09 PM

Jeremy Roy has been returned to the QMJHL by San Jose.

He will play for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada this campaign after he produced 34 points in 45 games with Sherbrooke last year.
Sep 28 - 2:47 PM

Manuel Wiederer has been cut from the San Jose Sharks' training camp roster.

Wiederer had 29 goals and 64 points in 54 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 150th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:55 AM

Tommy Wingels found the back of the net in San Jose's 3-2 overtime win against Vancouver on Tuesday.

Wingels was playing on a line with Chris Tierney and Nikolay Goldobin. It one of the first steps in Wingels' comeback attempt after he was limited to seven goals and 18 points in 68 games last season. "It could have been a lot better, and it starts with me and not producing and playing the way I want to play," Wingels said. "But it’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new opportunity to show that you can be better."
Sep 28 - 5:52 AM

Mantas Armalis gave up one goal with teammate Troy Grosenick letting one other slip past in Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory for the San Jose Sharks over the Vancouver Canucks.

Armalis comes to the Sharks from Sweden where he had a 0.500 record for the Stockholm Djurgardens club in 2015/2016. He began his career with them as part of the under-16 squad in 2007/2008. Grosenick played twice for the Sharks last year, scoring one win and one loss with a save percentage of 0.948.
Sep 28 - 1:34 AM

Kevin Labanc scored the game winning goal 1:05 minutes into overtime Tuesday night in the San Jose Sharks 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This was Labanc’s opportunity to showcase his talent for the Sharks. In 2015/2016 he played 65 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts and earned 39 goals with 88 assists. The Sharks other goals went to Barclay Goodrow in the second period and Tommy Wingels in the third. The Sharks are now 1-0 in preseason play.
Sep 28 - 1:23 AM

Joe Pavelski took part in Tuesday's morning skate after returning from the World Cup of Hockey.

He enjoyed the experience despite Team USA's disappointing showing. However, San Jose's Stanley Cup Final loss to Pittsburgh still lingers on his mind. "I don't know if you ever get over it," he said. "It still is with you. But, you try to learn from it. ... It's a new season. You definitely owe it to your teammates to be ready, owe it to the new guys that came in to be as good as you were the previous year and try to get better." Pavelski is expected to be eased back after a short summer to prepare for the tournament.
Sep 27 - 3:56 PM

Mikkel Boedker will draw into the lineup on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final.

He is getting a chance to play after Marian Gaborik went down with a foot injury. The Danish winger hasn't played in any of Team Europe's games since the tournament officially began.
Sep 27 - 3:01 PM


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