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Jul 12, 2018
Reports: Sharks still in on Karlsson, Pacioretty to be traded

Reports: Sharks still in on Karlsson, Pacioretty to be traded

Whatever happened to the pending trade call with Tampa Bay? It’s tough to make any sense of the dumpster fire that is the Ottawa Senators, who have consistently managed to butcher every existing avenue for improving the team. Erik Karlsson’s saga continues this week, with the Senators nowhere near a trade for the want-away superstar who rejected their eight-year, $80 million extension. Karlsson, you’ll recall, was reportedly dealt to Tampa Bay, pending a call with the NHL office. And then he wasn’t. Suddenly, Dallas jumped in the mix and were reportedly front-runners until their...
Jul 10, 2018
San Jose Barracuda sign Jeffrey Viel, Thomas Grégoire

San Jose Barracuda sign Jeffrey Viel, Thomas Grégoire

The two former QMJHL players bring youth and leadership to the San Jose. The Barracuda made two long-awaited signings official today, announcing that the team had locked up winger Jeffrey Truchon-Viel and defenseman Thomas Grégoire to multi-year AHL deals. Both signings were reported back in May by TVA Sports (English translation here) and Grégoire’s own Instagram account (now set to private), though the Barracuda did not announce the signings until this afternoon. Jeffrey Viel Viel comes to San Jose after captaining the Memorial Cup champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The 21 year-old’s...
Jul 7, 2018
Sharks promote Tim Burke, Doug Wilson Jr. in front office changes

Sharks promote Tim Burke, Doug Wilson Jr. in front office changes

The Sharks shook up their internal management structure today. The San Jose Sharks announced a change in their internal management system today, with Director of Scouting Tim Burke being promoted to Assistant General Manager. Doug Wilson Jr., the Director of Hockey Operations, will take Burke’s former position as head scout. As the Sharks’ chief scout for the last 15 years, Burke has been responsible for the team finding late-round gems like Joe Pavelski, Justin Braun, Joakim Ryan, and Kevin Labanc. Under his tenure, the Sharks have also selected Charlie Coyle, Matt Carle, Timo Meier,...
Jul 7, 2018
Sharks re-sign Dylan DeMelo to two-year contract

Sharks re-sign Dylan DeMelo to two-year contract

San Jose re-ups its sixth defenseman to a cheap contract. The San Jose Sharks announced they have re-signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year contract with an acerage annual value of $900,000. The contract comes in a bit above what his $715,000 qualifying offer would have been, but a touch under what Matt Cane projected a two-year deal to cost San Jose against the salary cap. Happy to be back for another 2 years. Can’t wait to get things going in October. See you soon fans!— Dylan DeMelo (@ddems2) July 7, 2018 DeMelo, 25, took over the sixth defensemen spot from Tim Heed...
Jul 6, 2018
Sharks sign camp invitee Vladislav Kotkov

Sharks sign camp invitee Vladislav Kotkov

Kotkov, a Russian forward, is worth a lottery pick for his numbers alone. The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have signed forward Vladislav Kotkov to a standard entry-level contract. Kotkov, a 6-foot-4, 205 pound Russian winger for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL, scored 51 points in 67 games (including playoffs) this season. eliteprospects.com Kotkov put up solid, if unspectacular-looking numbers this year While old NHL equivalency scores suggested players going straight from the QMJHL to the NHL retain about 28% of their scoring, new more...
Jul 6, 2018
Meet the 2018 Sharks Development Camp invitees

Meet the 2018 Sharks Development Camp invitees

You might know the usual suspects of the Sharks’ system, but here are 12 new names to look out for. The Sharks’ Prospect Development camp will finish up tonight with the Prospects Scrimmage at the SAP Center, marking the unofficial end of the 2017-18 hockey calendar until the preseason gets underway in September. And while most fans’ focus at tonight’s game will be on high profile Sharks picks like Ryan Merkley and Rudolfs Balcers, there’s another group of players worth giving your attention to. This year’s camp included 12 invitees, undrafted or unsigned players from the...
Jul 3, 2018
Off the Charts: Grading the Sharks 2018 draft

Off the Charts: Grading the Sharks 2018 draft

What do the numbers tell us about the Sharks’ five new prospects? In my new, what I hope is a semi-regular column, I plan to write a monthly? weekly? feature that uses numbers to help explain the current state of the San Jose Sharks. During the season, this will likely look at how the team or a given player or line or pairing is performing. For now, we have oodles of prospect information to look at, so we’ll start there. I’m a big Moneyball fan. I enjoy the intersection of sports and statistics. My goal is to share that love with you and maybe serve as a bridge between the wild world...
Jul 2, 2018
Sharks re-sign Tomas Hertl to 4-year deal

Sharks re-sign Tomas Hertl to 4-year deal

The young forward has impressed in his brief NHL career. The San Jose Sharks have signed Tomas Hertl to a four-year contract. The contract is reportedly worth $5.7 million annually Tomas Hertl’s AAV on the four year deal is $5.7 million #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) July 2, 2018 Hertl, who turns 25 in November, added 24 assists to 22 goals during the 2017-18 season. Currently in his prime and likely near his peak, it appears the winger, center, winger, forward has rounded into a solid second-line player. @MimicoHero Hertl is a top-6 forward who is...
Jul 2, 2018
Sharks sign Joe Thornton to 1-year deal

Sharks sign Joe Thornton to 1-year deal

The contract is reportedly worth $5 million. The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have re-signed center Joe Thornton to a one-year deal reportedly worth $5 million. The contract also includes a no-trade clause, per Kevin Kurz of The Athletic. It is rumored that he would have taken substantially less money had the Sharks been able to lure John Tavares to the Bay Area. Thornton’s one-year contract is for $5 million, and includes a no-trade clause #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) July 2, 2018 Thornton, who also turns 39-years-old today, played in 47 games last season,...
Jul 1, 2018
Logan Couture signs 8-year extension with Sharks

Logan Couture signs 8-year extension with Sharks

Future captain? Future captain. The Sharks may have lost out on John Tavares, but Logan Couture is here to stay. The 29-year-old center signed an eight-year deal with the same club that drafted him ninth-overall in 2007, with an $8 million average annual value. Logan Couture's contract breakdown: Year 1, $4M sb, $6M salary; Year 2, $5M sb, $4M salary; Year 3, $3M sb, $6M salary; Year 4, $4M sb, $4m salary; Year 5, $8 M salary; Year 6, $7M salary; Year 7, $7M salary; Year 8, $6M salary— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018 Couture’s impact on this team is often understated....
Jul 1, 2018
John Tavares signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

San Jose missed out on the superstar. After weeks of rampant speculation, John Tavares has chosen to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The news is a crushing blow to the Sharks, who were one of the two favorites to land the 27-year-old Islanders superstar. The Sharks contingent of owner Hasso Plattner (!), Doug Wilson, Joe Will, Pete DeBoer, and Doug Wilson Jr. met with Tavares and agent Pat Brisson Tuesday in Los Angeles for over two hours. Following the meeting, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reported that San Jose and Toronto were Tavares’ first and...
Jun 30, 2018
2018 Tavares Watch: Open Thread

2018 Tavares Watch: Open Thread

Anyone else nervous? No news is good news for the teams still on John Tavares’ watch list. If he chooses to leave New York, we probably won’t find out who he intends to sign with today, but today is the last day he can re-sign with the Islanders to a maximum allowed eight-year deal, so if nothing comes out today, he might be packing his bags. The Tavares camp has kept quiet following their meetings with the Sharks, Stars, Bruins, Lightning and Leafs. There have been conflicting reports of who he’s likely narrowed down to, but last night ended with the consensus that all six teams are...
Jun 24, 2018
What happened with Max Pacioretty at the draft?

What happened with Max Pacioretty at the draft?

Allegedly, the Montreal Captain was traded to San Jose yesterday. Here’s a timeline of those rumors and what we can take away from them. If you followed along with the NHL Entry Draft on Twitter during day two, the final round was interesting for Sharks fans and it had nothing to do with their picks. A rumor broke that Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty was traded to the Sharks. There were overlapping confirmations and denials, and at the end of the draft, the announcement regarding Pacioretty had nothing to do with the Sharks. Here’s what we know and the best guesses as to what...
Jun 23, 2018
John Tavares will meet with the Sharks

John Tavares will meet with the Sharks

San Jose loses in Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, but Plan A seems to be in full effect. Take this news with a grain of salt Sharks fans, but it looks like John Tavares wants to hear what General Manager Doug Wilson has to offer. The New York Islanders center is headed to Los Angeles to meet with as many as five teams before free agency opens on July 1. Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 23, 2018 Arthur Staple of The Athletic says Tavares will meet with teams on Monday...
Jun 23, 2018
NHL Draft 2018: Sharks select John Leonard in sixth round

NHL Draft 2018: Sharks select John Leonard in sixth round

The college winger had 28 points in his freshman season. With the 182 selection of the NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks chose John Leonard, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left winger from the University of Massachusetts Amhurst. The Sharks acquired the 182nd pick in February when they traded Troy Grosenick and Brandon Bollig to the Nashville Predators. A native of Amhurst, Leonard led UMass in points during his freshman season with 13 goals and 15 assists in 33 games. The 19 year-old had previously played two seasons for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, where he...