The San Jose Sharks missed an opportunity against the league’s last place team with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday to the Arizona Coyotes. It was a night where several of the Sharks competitors in the Western Conference playoff race also lost. A chance to put some distance between themselves and their close rivals disappeared in
Following the 5-3 loss to their division rival, the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer held a testy postgame press conference. Already (rightfully) upset over both the officiating and an injury to Joel Ward, he was asked about Brent Burns ‘two-way game’ and responded, “he’s our most dynamic guy, there’s no doubt.”
Joe Thornton’s injury was a setback for this San Jose Sharks team, and in the first few games in his absence, the Sharks seemed to forget who they were. In the last two games, they remembered. For San Jose, winning comes from three main areas: defense, goaltending and special teams. Their formula is simple. Play
Stories of overcoming long odds are always the best. San Jose’s Kevin Labanc has a story of his own that’s just starting to take shape. The former Barrie Colt great finds himself these days on the Sharks’ top line playing to the right of Logan Couture. That’s not bad for someone who originally came into
The San Jose Sharks have been led, for the past dozen years, by future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton. He is in historic and elite NHL company. His place on the all-time assist list tells the story — the three guys immediately ahead of him, and not far ahead, are Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne and
The games between the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets are sometimes referred to as the NHL’s version of West Side Story. The movie musical featured rival gangs named the Sharks and Jets. And like the movie, the latest contest between the Sharks and Jets provided drama, plot twists, disagreements, villains, victims, pain and anxiety.
For San Jose Sharks fans, Timo Meier is either a player on the verge of coming into his own or the player who never should have come to San Jose. Meier has an enormous shadow over him and the shadow has a name: Mathew Barzal. The New York Islanders rookie is having a stunning season.
I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to
As the San Jose Sharks head to the second half of the season, there are some notable milestones recently achieved or are likely to occur soon. We’ll cover some of these here. Joe Thornton The man who’ll deliver the most milestones is Joe Thornton. The future Hall-of-Famer is moving up the all-time lists for points
Coming out of their league-mandated five-day break, the San Jose Sharks will play their 41st game of the season against the Calgary Flames. In terms of games played, this is the midpoint of the season. In the second half of the season, there are several keys San Jose must address to propel the Sharks into
One game short of the season’s midpoint of 41 games, the San Jose Sharks enter their five-day break. The timing is pretty good. The Sharks are on a three-game losing streak, albeit with two losses coming in overtime. The season has been uneven for San Jose. The penalty kill started off one of the league’s
It is not hard to explain the success of the San Jose Sharks this season. They are stingy on defense and solid in goal. But even so, they are below average at even strength. Where the Sharks are above average is on special teams. On special teams, the Sharks have been very special. For the
Eight games ago, the San Jose Sharks began a six-game swing against division opponents. The stretch included two games against the Calgary Flames, two games against the Vancouver Canucks, plus single games against the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks took the opportunity to close the gap with the second place Kings and widen
Starting last Thursday, the San Jose Sharks, combined with their alumni group, played four games on four consecutive evenings. While each provided something interesting, one game was especially important. Thursday: San Jose Sharks v Carolina Hurricanes The Sharks came to the rink at SAP Center to face Carolina, apparently not quite on time. Carolina jumped out
At the start of the NHL season, we laid out three questions we felt would dictate the San Jose Sharks’ season. One-third of the way through the season, answers are emerging to two questions, while the third answer is still wide open. Question 1: Sharks’ Cap Space What will general manager Doug Wilson do with
It happens every year. Fans start thinking how great it’d be to make a trade and get back a lot more than they give up. San Jose Sharks fans are no different. But the Sharks are unusually resilient due to their depth, so trading away players could prove problematic. Depth has been one of the Sharks
Entering this week, San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones was prominent among the statistical leaders. One must be among the leaders to win a Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie. So far this season, Jones is making a case for top goalie, and it is a really strong case. Jones was injured late in
The Background of the Marc-Edouard Vlasic Trade Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Ivanmakarov, www.creativecommons.org) Throughout most of his career in San Jose, Miikka Kiprusoff lurked in the shadow of Evgeni Nabokov in the Sharks’ crease. During his tenure, the Finnish netminder never started more than 22 games in teal in a single season and held inconsistent numbers over the
The San Jose Sharks have already played three seasons in 2017-18. Season one was the opening game, which was brief, painful and over quickly, a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. The second season lasted 11 games and the Sharks came away with an 8-3-0 record. In every one of these games, San Jose was competitive. The third
Ever since Joe Thornton joined the Sharks 11 years and 11 months ago, he has centered the Sharks top line. And while some may think Thornton remains the top center on the team’s top line, the eyeballs say it isn’t so. The changing of the guard on the Sharks top line is a big story.
It is early in the NHL season and the San Jose Sharks sit with a modest 4-4-0 record. While the first two games of the season were not good, the Sharks have been strong since then. In most of these six games, the Sharks have either matched or outplayed their opponents. What has been working?
This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his
For the San Jose Sharks, a slow start to the season isn’t what the team envisioned. In the team’s first two games, they have lost twice. Both times to teams who missed out on the playoffs last season. Two games do not merit an overreaction, but these are games where the Sharks expected to begin banking
One of the first signs of my father’s arthritis was a tendency to drop things. Grabbing an object creates an instantaneous flow of information moving between hand and brain. For most people, this information flow requires no conscious thought. It is an instinct. The brain trusts the information coming from the hand. Arthritis, in its
After a franchise-first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016, the San Jose Sharks took a step back last year. Bowing out of the playoffs in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers wasn’t high on anyone’s list of expectations for the Sharks, and while some of their misfortune can be attributed to a laundry list
The San Jose Sharks enter 2017-18 in a precarious position. After failing to come to terms with unrestricted free agent and franchise legend Patrick Marleau, the Sharks are poised to take a step back, at least offensively, without significant progress from the “five or six” rookies that general manager Doug Wilson expects to play on
Thirty-one NHL teams know New York Islanders center John Tavares is an elite player. Any team interested in his services is going to have to answer the same question posed by Larry Brooks for Isles management: “what is the organization’s selling point?” We know John Tavares makes sense for the San Jose Sharks because he makes
When the San Jose Sharks acquired Mikkel Boedker as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, it looked like they had addressed their need for secondary scoring on the power play. After a not particularly close Stanley Cup Final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Sharks managed only eight goals in six games, general
For the San Jose Sharks, this offseason is pivotal. They lost their all-time leading goal scorer to free agency. They’ve re-signed their all-time best player, despite being 38 years-old, coming off a down season and finishing it with two torn knee ligaments. He got 16% raise. The Sharks have made few moves. Though I question
As Patrick Marleau heads to Toronto, there is a buzz. In our third and final part of the series, we’ll peer into Marleau’s future with the Maple Leafs. Related Part 1: The Ever-So Talented Patrick Marleau Part 2: Patrick Marleau’s Yin and Yang During Marleau’s time in San Jose, he often divided the fan base. So it comes as little