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Fear The Fin Nov 26, 2016

Bottom Six Revisited: It’s time to make some changes

In Tomas Hertl’s absence, more can be done to maximize the bottom six. Let’s start with a basic assumption I’m making in this post: I like the top six as currently constructed. Patrick Marleau looks much more like his old self when up with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski and the Logan Couture, Joel Ward and Joonas Donskoi line kicks ass. So if you disagree with those basic ideas, the rest of this is probably a waste of time. With Tomas Hertl out for an extended time, the bottom six needs retooling. The Sharks started with the following lines in the bottom six for Friday’s game...
Fear The Fin Nov 22, 2016

Sharks send down O'Regan

Danny, we hardly knew ye. The San Jose Sharks sent center Danny O'Regan down to the San Jose Barracuda, according to Sharks GM Doug Wilson. O'Regan made his NHL debut last night in San Jose's 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. The rookie played 5:35, and posted a 12.5 CF% at even strength, according to Hockeystats.ca. The transaction likely means that forward Melker Karlsson is ready to return from his ankle injury. If the Sharks' early season line combinations are any indication, Tommy Wingels is likely to center the fourth line as Tomas Hertl is out indefinitely following minor knee...
Fear The Fin Nov 21, 2016

Hertl to undergo surgery Tuesday, no timetable for return

Bad news for the Czech forward. Tomas Hertl will undergo minor knee surgery tomorrow and there is no timetable for his return, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced. Hertl sprained his right knee four days ago during a 3-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues, and returned to San Jose on Friday for further testing. Hertl will undergo the surgery under the supervision of Kaiser Permanente’s medical team, and will rehab his knee in San Jose, according to Wilson. This is Hertl’s second surgery on his right knee in three years. In 2013, surgeons repaired damage to his MCL and...
Fear The Fin Nov 21, 2016

Morning Skate Notes & Quotes: O’Regan debuts, Jones starts, and Labanc’s scratched

One rookie will debut, while one will sit tonight against the Devils. SAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl’s move to injured reserve left the Sharks’ lineup with a hole down the middle. With that in mind, San Jose officially called up center Daniel O’Regan from the San Jose Barracuda this morning. “You talk to [Barracuda head coach] Roy Sommer, he’s been one of their most consistent [and] one of their best players,” Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said. O’Regan, the Sharks’ fifth round draft choice in 2012, will make his NHL debut in just the 12th game of his professional career. He’s...
Fear The Fin Nov 21, 2016

Sharks recall Daniel O’Regan, put Tomas Hertl on injured reserve

No, I didn’t see that coming. The Sharks placed Tomas Hertl on injured reserve today, solidifying our fears that the center will be out for an extended period of time. In a related move, San Jose called up Boston University product Daniel O’Regan. San Jose signed O’Regan to an entry level deal after he graduated from BU this summer. The center has 11 points, five goals and six assists, in 11 games with the Barracuda this season. O’Regan may get thrust into a center role with the Sharks right away on the fourth line, with Chris Tierney slotting back into the third line center role....
Fear The Fin Nov 20, 2016

Fear the Chat: Marcus and Jacob discuss Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Tomas Hertl

There’s lots to worry about. Marcus and I text because we’re buds and because texting about the Sharks distracts us from the existential dread that fills us every day. Sometimes. Today, our Sharks discussion wasn’t as cheery as it usually is and we’re passing the burden of it on to you. This has been lightly edited because I make a lot of typos when I text. Jacob Sundstrom: Start praying for Hertl. Marcus White: Lol seriously. I hope Goldobin gets the call in his/Karlsson's absence Jacob Sundstrom: Me too. Totally gonna be Goodrow. Marcus White: Haha wouldn't mind that either as...
Fear The Fin Nov 19, 2016

Is it time for Timo Meier?

If Hertl is hurt, the Sharks need to make a call. Let’s start with an obvious caveat: If the injury to Tomas Hertl is not severe, the Sharks can make do with a just-in-case call up like Ryan Carpenter. However if Hertl’s injury sidelines him for more than a month, San Jose must make a change to its roster. Even if the Sharks make a call, whether it be to bring up Timo Meier or someone else, Hertl can not be replaced. Let me say that again: the Sharks will be a much worse team without Hertl on it, whether or not they make a call to the Barracuda. There is no “next man up” because...
Fear The Fin Nov 18, 2016

Hertl returns to San Jose for MRI

The Czech forward will undergo further testing back in San Jose. San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl flew back to San Jose today to undergo an MRI, head coach Pete DeBoer told reporters today. Hertl left last night’s game against St. Louis in the second period, and replays indicated that Hertl appeared to have injured his right knee, according to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz. That is the same knee that was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown in 2013, and that was injured again this June in the Stanley Cup Final. There is some cause for optimism, as DeBoer told...
Rotoworld Nov 14, 2016

Tomas Hertl thriving on third line - Tomas Hertl (W) San Jose Sharks

Tomas Hertl is thriving as the Sharks third line center.

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