Sharks news for week ending May 23

Highlights: Getting close to selecting next Sharks coach? Chartier named WHL player of the week. McLellan named new head coach of Edmonton Oilers. Joonas Donskoi signed.

5/17: NBC/PHT: Report: Sharks want a second interview with DeBoer
And Bylsma, Carlyle and former Shark Lowry apparently also in the running. (And perhaps a Babcock interest)

5/17: SJ Merc: Pizarro: Sharks help build community playground in San Jose

5/15: Sporting News: Off season needs for the Sharks

5/17: SJ Merc: Mike Babcock visiting San Jose to discuss Sharks job, according to Michigan web site

5/17: CSN California: Report: Sharks to speak with Babcock this week
Apparently initiated by Babcock

5/17: NHL.com – Sharks apparently sign Joonas Donskoi to two year ELS deal (confirmed by agent on Twitter)

5/18: Kelnowa Now: Chartier Gets WHL Player of the Week Honours

5/18: SJSharks.com: Burns Named Best Defenseman at IIHF Worlds

5/18: SJSharks.com: Team USA Returns Home with Bronze Medal

5/18: SJSharks.com: Canada Wins Gold at IIHF Worlds

5/18: TSN: Oilers to hire McLellan; deal not yet done

5/18: SJ Merc: Edmonton Oilers expected to name Todd McLellan their new coach

5/18: NBC: Sharks get permission to interview Bylsma

5/18: Sporting News – Oilers reportedly set to hire former Sharks coach Todd McLellan

5/18: Edmonton Journal – McLellan to be named Oilers head coach soon

5/18 SJ Merc WTC: Sharks reportedly receive permission to speak with Dan Byslma

5/18: SJ Merc editorial – Sharks and San Jose, still good after 20-plus years

5/18: Times Colonist – NHL’s Sharks hunting for Victoria Royals coach?

5/19: Sportsnet – Freidman’s 30 Thoughts
Includes specifics on average salary (for the season that was), how that impacts arbitration, arb “walk away” $$, offer sheet compensation chart, and some speculation on Sharks’ next coach, etc.

5/19: The Hockey News: New Oilers coach McLellan: It’s not about playoffs – it’s about building a foundation
A look a the challenges McLellan faces with his new job.

5/19: CP: Oilers officially name Todd McLellan head coach

5/19: SJ Merc WTC blog: Edmonton Oilers will compensate Sharks for Todd McLellan hire. But what exactly will that be?

5/19: SJSharks.com: 2015 Fitness Faceoff (June 28) – video introduction by Owen Nolan

5/19: NHL.com – McLellan says Sharks remain ‘tremendous team’

5/20: NBC: Report: Sharks talking to Oates about coaching gig

5/20: SJSharks.com – Sharks Sign Forward Joonas Donskoi

5/20: SJ Merc – Report: Mike Babcock not coming to Sharks

5/20: CSNCA – Reports: Babcock lands in Toronto; Sharks to speak with Oates

5/20: CSNCA – Sharks sign forward Joonas Donskoi to entry-level deal

5/20: AP – Sharks sign Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi

5/21: CBS Sacramento – Five Reasons Why Coaching The Sharks Isn’t That Bad

5/21: ESPN (LeBrun) – Rangers D-man Dan Boyle still has more he wants to prove — and win
With quotes from Vlasic; plans to retire in San Jose.

5/21: SJSharks.com 2015 Sharks Playground Build

5/21: Sportsnet.ca – NHL coach rumours: 5 teams on the hunt?

Sharks at IIHF World Championships May 17 – Medal round

Last chance for glory.

Sharks at IIHF World Championships May 16 – SemiFinals

Saturday semi-final games.

Locally showing on CSN (CA).

Sunday’s schedule:

  • 7:00am PT Bronze medal game: CZE (Hertl) vs USA (Smith)
  • 11:30am PT Gold Medal Game: Canada (Burns/McLellan) vs Russia (NBCSN)

Sharks prospect in CHL Memorial Cup

After sweeping their WHL opponent 5/13, the Kelowna Rockets (Chartier) will open the Memorial Cup 9 days later, in Quebec.

Full tourney schedule

Schedule of games of interest:

  • Friday, May 22: Kelowna vs QMJHL (host) Quebec
    US: NHL Network highlights 5/23 8am PT
  • Monday, May 25: QMJHL Rimouski vs Kelowna
  • Tuesday, May 26: OHL Oshawa vs Kelowna
  • Thursday, May 28: CHL vs CHL (tiebreaker) — if needed
  • Friday, May 29: Semi-Final
  • Sunday, May 31: Final

Sharks at IIHF World Championships May 14 – Quarterfinals

Today, it’s win or go home.  The four QF winners will face off in semifinals on Saturday to determine who’ll be playing for gold or bronze on Sunday.

  • 6:15am PT USA (Smith) -SUI (live on NBCSN) ; preview ; USA 3-1 ; Smith goal, +1; recap NBC
  • 7:15am PT CAN (Burns/McLellan) -BLR (JIP on NBCSN) ; Canada 9-0 ; Burns 2 goals, 2 assists, +3 ; recap NHL | NBC
  • 10:15am PT SWE-RUS ; Russia 5-3
  • 1:15pm PT FIN-CZE (Hertl) ; CZE 5-3 ; Hertl dressed, but did not play

Next up: Saturday semi-final games.

  • 6:15am PT Canada (Burns/McLellan) vs CZE (Hertl)
  • 10:15am PT USA (Smith) vs RUS

Sharks at IIHF World Championship May 12

Last day of round robin play. Top 4 teams in each group advance to quarterfinals (starting Thursday).

CAN (Burns/McLellan) vs AUT; CAN 10-1 ; Burns 2 assists

LAT (Jevpalovs) vs FRA; FRA 3-2 ; Jevpalovs did not play

USA (Smith) vs SVK: USA 5-4 OT ; Smith goal (opened scoring)

CZE (Hertl) vs SUI; CZE 2-1 ; Hertl even

USA and Canada win their respective groups.

Day off on Wednesday.

Quarter Finals schedule for Thursday:

  • 6:15am PT USA (Smith) -SUI (live on NBCSN)
  • 7:15am PT CAN (Burns/McLellan) -BLR (JIP? on NBCSN)
  • 10:15am PT SWE-RUS
  • 1:15pm PT FIN-CZE (Hertl)

(Plus there’s a 2 hour recap game at 8:30pm PT on NBCSN?)