Player News - Sharks

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Joe Thornton wasn't aware that he'd lost his captaincy until he was told a about the situation by a reporter.

"I talked with Todd today, and he never mentioned anything about captains or assistant captains," said Thornton on Wednesday. Coach Todd McLellan admitted that he could have been clearer in his "clean slate" talk with Thornton. Thornton appears to be handling it well and he said he would support whoever becomes the team captain. "It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," he said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you."
Aug 21 - 5:37 PM

The Sharks promised a culture change this off-season and they could have a new leadership group in place starting with the 2014-15 season.

"We're going to reestablish the hierarchy and the culture in the organization," coach Todd McLellan said. "If it's real evident that [Joe Thornton] is the guy, he'll be the captain. If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and is doing a very good job, then they will be. To say we stripped him, no. We've cleaned the slate, and we're going to go forward." San Jose will enter training camp with no captain or assistants and an open competition will take place. Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are viewed as possible replacements.

Raffi Torres is projected to miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season after he suffered a setback in his surgically repaired right knee.

He developed an infection after he underwent a cleanup procedure once the Sharks were knocked out of the playoffs. Torres missed most of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL and it looks like he'll miss most of the coming campaign as well.
Aug 20 - 6:01 PM

Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks, but coach Todd McLellan isn't calling the decision a "stripping."

The Sharks won't have a captain or assistants going into training camp and the players will compete for the leadership roles. McLellan said that Thornton is a candidate just like everyone else. Regardless of their reasoning, this seems like a very odd move.
Aug 20 - 5:31 PM

Coach Todd McLellan attempted to clarify what GM Doug Wilson meant when he used the term "rebuild" to describe San Jose's off-season philosophy.

"We want to reset the hierarchy and culture in the organization, and that's really where the term rebuild came from. We feel we have a tremendous talent pool. We feel the players that are with our organization are part of the solution and not the problem now. As a staff, we talked about the ability to push and win as much as we can while we get younger, while we adjust the roles a little bit and give some of the younger players more responsibility. The term or the word used like that can be confusing at times. I think a lot of people, especially in the media, immediately went to, 'Well, they're going to trade Thornton and Marleau.' That's not the case. We believe that those two are part of the solution, not part of the problem." Thornton and Marleau were linked to trade rumors after Wilson's comments, but they don't appear to be going anywhere.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 12 - 4:00 PM

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will face off as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The Sharks will be the home team in their first outdoor contest. It will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015. "The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season's playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi's Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 6 - 1:25 PM

Justin Braun and the San Jose Sharks have engaged in preliminary contract extension talks.

Braun isn't scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent until 2015, but it's not surprising that the Sharks would be interested in locking him up now. He averaged 20:59 minutes per contest in 2013-14 and might top that next season now that Dan Boyle's gone. He should get a big pay increase after he completes his current three-year, $3.75 million contract.
Jul 28 - 5:09 PM

Defenseman Mirco Mueller, at 19, may well make the San Jose Sharks next season.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has gone on record as saying he would like his team to be more youthful next season and NHL.com suggests "Mueller could have the best chance to break through and make the team out of training camp." The Sharks traded veteran defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart. Although Brent Burns is returning to defense after spending last season as a forward, and veteran Scott Hannan re-signed, there are spots to be won on defense, and Wilson has said Mueller is among the top young candidates. The Sharks chose Mueller with the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. "He's a really solid player," Sharks forward Matt Nieto said of Mueller. "He's a really smooth player who makes all the right decisions. . . He's got a good defensive stick. I think he's got a really good chance of making the team out of camp. . .He's got a lot of skills. He can handle the puck really well. He's got a good shot."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 26 - 10:54 AM

Logan Couture feels Joe Thornton doesn't deserve to have the captaincy taken from him.

There's been some speculation that might happen after Thornton made it clear that he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause. The Sharks might have otherwise shipped him off to jump start their rebuilding effort. Instead, Couture is hoping the Sharks "come back a lot stronger, a lot hungrier" after blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. "It's probably the toughest loss I've been through… It was pretty devastating. It's really stuck with me the whole summer," Couture said.
Jul 22 - 2:49 PM

Taylor Doherty has signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Doherty had 15 points and 11 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games last season. "Taylor is a big body who has developed his game over the last several years," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We look forward to watching him compete to make our club this coming season."
Jul 17 - 9:30 AM

Jason Demers has signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

With that, the Sharks and Demers have successfully avoided arbitration ahead of their July 22 hearing date. He's coming off of a breakout season where he scored five goals and 34 points in 75 games. The fact that it's a two-year deal makes a lot of sense for San Jose as it will give Demers a chance to prove that he's capable of continuing to perform at that level before they potentially make a long-term commitment.
Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

Julius Bergman has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Bergman was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 34 points in 43 games in Sweden's junior league last season.
Jul 16 - 1:25 PM

Right winger Matt Nieto expects a bigger role with the San Jose Sharks next season.

In 66 games with San Jose last season, the right winger had 14 goals and 10 assists. He recognizes expectations have changed for him. "Yeah, I think next year I want to build off last season. I want to contribute more, I want to bring more to the table," Nieto said. "I'm sure all the rest of the guys in the locker room are saying that, too. What happened last year is unacceptable." The increased role for younger players likely would come at the expense of playing time for veterans such as Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but Nieto doesn't see that as making things awkward in the locker room. "We're a tight group. I think all of us will do whatever it takes to win," Nieto said. "Whatever their roles, whatever the coach wants from them or expects from them I think guys are going to do."
Jul 12 - 10:14 AM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that he still has high expectations for the team in 2013-14 after previously saying that they're committed to a rebuild.

Wilson hasn't been able to change the team's roster in any major way since they collapsed in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Wilson said that when he was talking about rebuilding the team, he was referring more to their culture and hierarchy. "I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild," he said. "We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You're not going to see us with 50 points next year -- we're too good a team for that."
Jul 11 - 10:12 AM

San Jose agrees to a two-year deal with Matt Tennyson.

Tennyson had seven goals and 21 points in 54 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had two assists in four games with the Sharks.
Jul 11 - 9:29 AM


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