Player News - Sharks

Date: Team: Pos:

Mikkel Boedker's first season with San Jose proved to be a disappointment.

The Sharks signed Boedker to a four-year, $16 million contract and that deal is looking very bad at the moment. Boedker went from recording 51 points between Arizona and Colorado in 2015-16 to just 10 goals and 26 points in 81 contests with San Jose this season. To make matters worse, Boedker was a healthy scratch three times in the first round. "He has the things we’re looking for: his career scoring average, his speed, [penalty killing] ability," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "Did he meet the expectations that he had for himself [or] that we had for him? No. Can we get that out of him? Pete [DeBoer] believes we can." We'll see if he can bounce back next season. Given his contract, San Jose has little choice but to hope that he does.
Apr 27 - 11:10 AM

Marcus Sorensen has been assigned to the AHL's San Jose Barracuda.

He will be available for Game 3 in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs against Stockton on Friday. Timo Meier is also in the minors for San Jose's minor-league affiliate.
Apr 26 - 5:10 PM

Although head coach Peter DeBoer's job is likely safe for now, the Sharks might make some changes to their coaching staff.

The coach most in danger of losing his job would probably be Steve Spott. The Sharks finished 25th in the league with a 16.7% power-play conversion rate, which represented a huge drop from 2015-16 when playing with the man advantage was one of San Jose's main strengths. Spott oversees the team's power play, so GM Doug Wilson might opt to replace him in an attempt to get the Sharks to rebound in that area next season.
Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Logan Couture still has to get some dental work done.

"There's going to be some implants to get the teeth fixed," Couture said. "Hopefully get it done in the next few weeks, and then I'll head back to Canada." He revealed on Tuesday that he sustained some facial fractures in addition to damaged teeth when he was struck in the face by a puck on Mar. 25. Couture said that he is still having trouble eating and sleeping.
Apr 25 - 5:44 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.

He had surgery Monday to repair two damaged ligaments in his knee. Thornton was hurt on April 2 and his torn ACL and MCL kept him out for the final three games of the regular season as well as the first two matches of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 4:29 PM

Re-signing Martin Jones is one of the Sharks' priorities over the summer, per GM Doug Wilson.

Jones has firmly established himself as San Jose's starter over the last two seasons and finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 2.40 GAA and .912 save percentage in 65 starts. He'll come with a $3 million cap hit in 2017-18 in the last season of his contract, but re-signing Jones will probably involve giving him a sizable raise beyond next season.
Apr 25 - 10:55 AM

Patrick Marleau would like to re-sign with the San Jose Sharks.

"Yeah, it would be nice. We’ll see if that’s an option," Marleau said. "A lot of time here before this decision needs to be made." He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's spent his entire 1,493-game career with San Jose, but there's a good chance that the Sharks will be looking elsewhere this summer. Among other things, they will be looking to re-sign Martin Jones and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who each have one season left on their contracts, but will probably require big raises that start in 2018-19.
Apr 25 - 10:53 AM

Joe Thornton was scheduled to underdog knee surgery on Monday.

As previously reported, Thornton was playing with a torn MCL and ACL in the postseason. Sharks GM Doug Wilson wasn't sure what the timetable for Thornton's recovery would be, but that they would know more after the surgery. Thornton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so if his availability for the start of the 2017-18 campaign is in jeopardy then he might end up going unsigned over the summer.
Apr 24 - 6:27 PM

Patrick Marleau was playing with a broken thumb.

That makes the fact that Marleau had three goals and four points in six playoff games all the more impressive. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so his tenure with the San Jose Sharks might be at its end.
Apr 24 - 5:20 PM

Tomas Hertl was playing with a broken foot during the postseason.

Hertl sustained the injury on April 4. He still managed to average 19:18 minutes of play in the first round series and had two assists in six games.
Apr 24 - 5:18 PM

Joe Thornton was playing with a torn MCL and ACL in the playoffs.

"I've never seen a guy play with a torn MCL and ACL... It's a courageous effort as I've ever seen," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. That's an understatement. It's amazing to think that Thornton was playing through that severe of an injury. Thornton had two assists and averaged 18:50 minutes in four postseason games, which is remarkable when you consider what he was working with. We have to wonder though if he'll be healthy enough to participate in training camp or if he might even miss a significant chunk of the 2017-18 campaign. Keep in mind that Thornton is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, so he might go unsigned this summer as teams wait to see how healthy the 37-year-old is come September.
Apr 24 - 2:52 PM

Patrick Marleau could play the 2017-18 season with another NHL team.

The soon to be UFA may have played his last game with the Sharks. The Sharks were looking to deal him at times during his tenure with San Jose and now that he has an expiring contract, he should play elsewhere unless the Sharks have a change of heart.
Apr 24 - 10:34 AM

Joe Thornton is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Thornton has just completed his contract that began at the start of the 2011-12 season. The 37-year-old has had a productive career with the Sharks but was unable to lead them to the Stanley Cup. He could head elsewhere next season if he is unwilling to give the Sharks a hometown discount.
Apr 24 - 10:31 AM

If a 3-1 Game 6 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday was Patrick Marleau's last game with the San Jose Sharks, then he at least made a good final impression.

While Marleau will rue a missed opportunity on a breakaway during the second period, he supplied San Jose with some hope via a late goal in the third period. He ended up scoring three goals in the series and he added an assist. It will be interesting to see what his plans are for the future and if he is in San Jose's design moving forward.
Apr 23 - 1:53 AM

Martin Jones permitted two goals on 20 shots, as the Sharks were eliminated in six games by Edmonton on Saturday night.

Jones allowed two breakaway goals in about a minute during the second period of Game 6. He made some key stops down the stretch, but it wasn't enough as the Sharks could only get one puck behind Cam Talbot. Jones recorded a 1.75 GAA and a .935 save percentage in the postseason.
Apr 23 - 1:51 AM


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