Earlier this week, the San Jose Sharks announced that they will not re-sign goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. The Russian goaltender has been with the Sharks since 1999, posting just less than 300 wins. Nabokov earned 5.3 million this past season, but General manager Doug Wilson has his reasons for letting him walk.
“If you look at the trends in this league the last four or five years in particular and the dollars that are dedicated to that position,” Wilson said. “If you’re dedicating $5 or $6 million, that’s coming out of somewhere else.”
He’s right. The Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup with Antti Niemi, who cost the team less than $900,000 this past season. Philadelphia made it...
At the start of the playoffs, you might have figured that the player with the most points would be a superstar like Sidney Crosby, and you wouldn’t have been wrong with that assertion. What many people did not see coming were the two players that follow Crosby in that category: Joe Pavelski and Mike Cammalleri.
The San Jose Sharks have been desperately searching over the past half decade for players to take the weight off of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Many thought Dany Heatley would be that player. Not many would have guessed that Joe Pavelski, 5’11” and 190 lbs from the USA (a.k.a, Little Joe), would be that player. Leading the Sharks with 14 points in 8 games, Pavelski, a ...
One minor trade to report, as the San Jose Sharks bolstered their blueline today, acquiring defenseman Niclas Wallin from the Carolina Hurricanes, along with a 5th round pick in this year's draft. In return, the Sharks gave up their second round pick in June.
The Sharks were in need of a veteran defenseman to solidify their blueline, with Marc-Edouard Vlasic out with an injury, and their defense corps pretty thin beyond Dan Boyle, Rob Blake and Doug Murray. Wallin provides veteran experience, a stanley cup ring, the ability to play top 4 minutes and a big, physical body.
Here is the official story from TSN:
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks bolstered their defence by acquirin...
The San Jose Sharks lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 last night.
No big deal, right? It was, after all, only a regular season game and the Western Conference's best team still posts an impressive 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games.
Here's the issue: The Sharks are now 0-3 this year against the injury-depleted Red Wings. If the playoffs started tomorrow, this is what we would see as part of the brackets:
Yep, that's right: the Sharks would face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, a fate normally reserved for 8th seeds who don't normally stand much of a chance and are content about just sneaking in the playoffs.
We all know about the Sharks' re...