8:13 PM EDT, Fri July 01, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle 23 hours ago

Hertl, Sharks see new deal as a step toward better days

The Sharks made official Thursday a deal that had been reported earlier in the week, signing pending restricted-free-agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the team’s top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season’s trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Hertl, 22, is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. The Sharks’ 2012 first-round pick thrived when moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in the middle of the season — he had...
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2016

What do the Sharks need this offseason?

We look at the holes in the current roster. With the draft behind us and free agency looming, we can finally take a comprehensive look at what the Sharks have to work with this offseason. I’m going to group all the 2015-16 Sharks into three categories: Signed, UFAs and RFAs. From there, we can see what holes need to be plugged. Signed These Sharks are under contract for the 2017-18 season. All salary information comes from GeneralFanager.com. Forwards (9, $34,453,332) Joe Thornton, $6,750,000 Patrick Marleau, $6,666,666 Joe Pavelski, $6,000,000 Logan Couture , $6,000,000 Joel Ward,...
Fear The Fin Jun 22, 2016

Joe Pavelski loses NHL 17 cover vote to Vladimir Tarasenko

After defeating Anze Kopitar and Connor McDavid in the first two rounds of the cover vote, and Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues in the WEstern Conference Final, Joe Pavelski didn’t quite get the votes needed to put him on the NHL 17 cover. Tarasenko will grace the cover instead, which isn’t so bad when you consider we could’ve been staring at Kopitar’s face on the cover all season. Other positives: It’s not a Chicago Blackhawk! Okay! Okay. I’m fine. This is fine. I’ll still be buying a copy, because I’m a sucker and a loser. It's official, @tara9191 has won...
Fear The Fin Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards Discussion Thread: Come cheer Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski on

Brent Burns is up for the Norris Trophy tonight and Joe Pavelski is a finalist for the NHL 17 Cover Vote. It’s a big night for the Sharks! You can see the full list of finalists and where to watch the NHL Awards here. Go Burns! Go Pavelski! Go Sharks!
Fear The Fin Jun 20, 2016

2016 San Jose Sharks Superlatives: Brent Burns most likely to eat a pizza on the bench

With the 2016 NHL Awards coming up in a couple days, we’re taking a look at appropriate superlatives for each member of the 2016 San Jose Sharks. Here are the rules: the player must have played at least 10 games for the Sharks during the regular season. That’s actually the only rule. Let’s get to it. Joe Thornton Most likely to make a play that makes you swear in both anger and excitement in a span of five seconds. Joe Pavelski Has the best hands. Brent Burns Most likely to eat an entire pizza on the bench. Patrick Marleau Least likely to convince me he’s not filled with inner...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 13, 2016

Seven Sharks expected to play in World Cup of Hockey

Joe Pavelski will be only Shark on U.S. team; Canada's team will include Thornton, Vlasic, Burns.

Joe Pavelski on Sharks' power play struggles: "It's just about being ready to execute"

The Sharks have averaged just two power play chances per game through the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final, and captain Joe Pavelski is not all of a sudden expecting to have tons of time with the man… Continue Reading → The post Joe Pavelski on Sharks' power play struggles:...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 10, 2016

Stanley Cup Final: Did Joe Pavelski just re-light his scoring fuse?

Even though it was an empty-netter, might the goal be something that gets Pavelski going in Game 6 at SAP Center Sunday night?
Fear The Fin Jun 10, 2016

Sharks vs. Penguins, Game 5: Logan Couture comes up large again

If the Sharks come back to win this series, it’ll largely be thanks to the stellar play of Martin Jones. The second player on the Sharks Conn Smythe short list has to be Logan Couture. He tallied three points on Thursday night to pad his large points lead this postseason and continues to drive play for San Jose. Barring a couple of incredible games from Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns or Phil Kessel it’s very likely Couture will finish with the most points in the 2016 postseason. He has nine goals and 20 assists, the latter of which is the most in the NHL during the second season. Beyond the...
Fear The Fin Jun 10, 2016

Sharks vs. Penguins, Game 5 Highlights: Logan Couture tallies three points, Joe Pavelski seals the deal

The San Jose Sharks’ season will lives on at least until Sunday. Logan Couture scored three points, Joe Pavelski sealed the win with an empty netter and San Jose can rest easy for at least another 24 hours. Thanks to Friends Of the Blog NBC Sports (I dunno) we’ve got highlights of all four of the Sharks’ goals. Let’s take it from the top. Brent Burns (speaking of, have you got your Burns shirt yet?) got things going with this goal. It's his first goal of the Stanley Cup Final and put the Sharks up 1-0. That lead jumped to 2-0 quickly. Logan Couture scored for his second of what...
Fear The Fin Jun 9, 2016

Stanley Cup Final 2016, Game 5 Quick Bite: Martin Jones, Logan Couture keep Sharks’ season alive

The Sharks live to fight another day. San Jose beat the Penguins 4-2 on Thursday in game five of the Stanley Cup Final to send the series back to SAP Center on Sunday. Martin Jones and Logan Couture deserve most of the plaudits as the San Jose goaltender made 44 saves and Couture picked up three points. Joe Pavelski scored an empty-net tally with just over a minute to go to put the game to bed and Melker Karlsson had the game-winning tally. Now the Sharks can tie the series up on Sunday. After going behind 3-1 through four games, San Jose needed something of a miracle to win its first ever...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 9, 2016

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer switches Donskoi, Karlsson in Game 5

Donskoi joins Pavelski, Thornton on first line while Karlsson plays with Marleau, Couture.
Fear The Fin Jun 9, 2016

Sharks vs. Penguins, Game 5 Lines: No changes for San Jose

With the Sharks a loss away from the end of their season (or three wins!), head coach Pete DeBoer isn't making any changes to his team ahead of game five. Melker Karlsson is expected to stay on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, at least to start, thought it wouldn't be surprising to see things shuffled around if San Jose ends up chasing the game again. Sharks Lines Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels Marc-Edouard...

DeBoer expects Sharks to respond to pressure

DeBoer expects Sharks to respond to pressure PITTSBURGH - The Sharks tonight play the first of what they hope are three straight elimination games. San Jose won the only elimination game its encountered this spring - a Game 7 second-round clincher against Nashville on May 12. San Jose responded positively three nights later at home with a 5-0 victory as goalie Martin Jones made 20 saves while big-name stars Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward each scored goals. “Any time you get in a situation where your back’s against the wall you always wonder...
Fear The Fin Jun 7, 2016

Stanley Cup Final 2016: What the Sharks can learn from game four

In the macro, all that matters for the Sharks right now is winning games five, six and seven. Still, given that none of us (I think) will suit up for San Jose on Thursday in Pittsburgh, I think it's okay to try and draw something from what we've seen thus far in this series. Let's start by knocking down some of the wrong lessons. Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns all played very well despite not getting on the scoresheet. Say it with me: Just because a player doesn't score doesn't mean they had a bad game. Evgeni Malkin endured some criticism through the first three games of the...

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