1. 2012 NHL Draft: Seven Sleepers from First Round

    The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft produced a lot of surprises. Perhaps the one that stands out the most is that nine of the first 10 picks were defencemen. Most top picks are expected to make the NHL quickly if not in their first year...

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  2. 2012-13 San Jose Sharks' UFAs : Which Forwards Should They Re-Sign?

    Once the San Jose Sharks know who they intend to keep among their restricted free agents to be, the next focus has to be trying to retain your own players. Understand that this is what Todd McLellan and Doug Wilson have already done...

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  3. 2012-13 San Jose Sharks RFAs: Which Should Be Re-Signed?

    Before making it official that head coach Todd McLellan would return for next season, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson recently confided that there were "probably five or six" free agents the team would not re-sign...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about over 2 years ago 1,452 reads 12 comments

  4. San Jose Sharks Re-Sign Brad Stuart: Where Does That Leave the Blue Line?

    The San Jose Sharks and Brad Stuart made it official Tuesday. Though it falls short of ensuring Stuart ends his career in San Jose as he had hoped, he signed a three-year, $10...

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  5. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks UFAs: Grading Colin White and Jim Vandermeer

    Last week, I talked about why the San Jose Sharks should not re-sign Dominic Moore. It was heavily misunderstood by a couple commenters...

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  6. NHL Draft: Top 10 Classes of the Last Generation

    The Los Angeles Kings have won Lord Stanley's Cup—with the coach and general manager my San Jose Sharks fired, leaving their old team as the last in California without a title...

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  7. NHL Free Agency: Should San Jose Sharks Re-Sign Dominic Moore?

    In analyzing the trade deadline deal the San Jose Sharks made with the Colorado Avalanche , the point was made that the addition of a veteran player was a negligible upgrade ...

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  8. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Jamie McGinn vs. T.J. Galiardi & Daniel Winnik

    The San Jose Sharks have been the most active team in the NHL on the trading front over the last 12 months. Their latest trade over the weekend hardly even registers by comparison...

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  9. Brad Stuart Trade Makes Sense for San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings

    The news that the San Jose Sharks acquired Brad Stuart (per the Detroit Free Press ) was expected. It just came three weeks early...

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  10. NHL's Expansion: Examining First 7 New Markets of Gary Bettman Era

    Gary Bettman is an absolute pariah in Canada. There are a lot of good reasons for that that have been gone over ad nauseum long before I addressed them in my sixth article for this site...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about over 2 years ago 2,590 reads 26 comments

  11. San Jose Sharks: Could Thomas Greiss Be Key to Summer Trades?

    The San Jose Sharks have just 12 skaters (seven forwards) under contract for next season. However, they have both Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss in net. The other 13 players have been covered in my player report card series...

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  12. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Michal Handzus Report Card

    The first free agent the San Jose Sharks signed last summer was Michal Handzus . With a two-year, $5 million contract, the 6'5", 215-pound centre was expected to anchor the third line and the penalty kill...

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  13. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Jason Demers Report Card

    At the end of last season, the San Jose Sharks had reason to believe Jason Demers was ready for a breakout season...

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  14. San Jose Sharks: Martin Havlat 2011-12 Report Card

    Martin Havlat was involved in the second-biggest trade of the summer, going from the Minnesota Wild to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for sniper Dany Heatley (the only bigger one also involved those two teams)...

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  15. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Ryane Clowe Report Card

    The first season Ryane Clowe was healthy and good enough to play in at least 60 games was 2008-09. The San Jose Sharks won the President's Trophy that season, and with 22 goals ...

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  16. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Douglas Murray Report Card

    Douglas Murray came into the 2011-12 season as one of the San Jose Sharks core players. He was an intimidating hitter coming off his two best offensive seasons...

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  17. Nicklas Lidstrom Retirement: Where Did He Rank Today and All Time?

    It is no wonder that Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement today. He has been slowing down for the last four years, the four worst of his career (since his first four)...

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  18. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic Report Card

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic has the longest name on the San Jose Sharks , but fortunately his nickname "Pickles" is a lot easier to type.....

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  19. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Did Early Round Violence Increase Interest?

    The first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs featured quite a bit of violence. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers combined for about 300 penalty minutes and averaged a major penalty per two games...

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  20. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns Report Card

    A monumental trade last summer was designed to put the two-time conference finalist San Jose Sharks over the top...

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  21. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Joe Pavelski Report Card

    A funny thing happened while fulfilling my assignment duties this week: I convinced myself that the San Jose Sharks core should stay intact. That is right...

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  22. San Jose Sharks: Top 5 Reasons to Keep Core Intact

    The prevailing attitude among followers of the San Jose Sharks (fans and media) is that they need major change. The Sharks seem to be headed in the wrong direction. They were merely ...

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  23. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau Report Card

    Patrick Marleau is the San Jose Sharks all-time leader in almost every statistic imaginable. He is the player who has represented the franchise, from the skill and talent to the questioned drive and leadership to the low level of success...

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  24. 2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture Report Card

    This offseason, I began an ambitious series examining each individual player to suit up for the San Jose Sharks in 2011-12. However, I took a couple days to grade the playoff performance of each San Jose Sharks player...

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  25. San Jose Sharks: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Grades for Blue Line, Goalie

    Any NHL offseason—or one for any professional sport, for that matter—begins with an analysis of the organization from top to bottom. Inventory must be taken of assets and liabilities before one can move forward...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about over 2 years ago 1,108 reads 3 comments