The Summer Knows – part 3 defense

The summer knows
The summer’s wise

While the goalie may be the last line of defense, the defenders of the blue line are important to prevent the puck from getting too close to the net (and a helping hand in offense).

Depth chart:

  • Vlasic
  • Braun
  • Burns
  • Tennyson
  • Mueller
  • DeMelo
  • Bergman
  • Ryan

Defensive pending RFAs: Abeltshauser, Dillon, Doherty; pending UFAs: Fedun, Hannan, Irwin, Stollery; pending AHL UFAs: Bigos, Jones, Taormina, Young

Still lots of options for expanding depth chart, including re-signing some key players (and/or upgrading AHLers to NHL deals), which have been on hold waiting for the future of the hockey operations of the Sharks to be solidified.

The Summer Knows – part 1 take three (GM staying)

In a letter to fans, majority owner Hasso Plattner talks about the “good job” that GM Wilson and COO Tortora are doing.

So, there won’t be any change coming there.

And some news stories on the letter:

Merc: Sharks owner Hasso Plattner acknowledges disappointment, reaffirms commitment to rebuild

Chronicle: Source: Wilson’s job is “100-percent safe”

CSN: Source: Wilson safe as Sharks GM after Plattner statement

AP: Sharks owner: GM Doug Wilson did a good job

The Summer Knows – part 2 goaltending

And lovingly
She warms the sand
On which you lie

One of, if not THE, key elements of good defensive in hockey is the goal tending.  (Not excusing the defensive play and breakdowns in the defensive zone and neutral zone which lie outside the nominal responsibility of a goalie.)

And the Sharks did not get good (enough) goal tending this past season.

Last summer, all the Sharks did to “improve” their goal tending was re-sign pending UFA Stalock.  (Pending RFA Sateri defected to Europe; Sharks still hold his rights.)

So, the 2014-15 season starting goal tenders, and coaches, were the same as the previous season.

Niemi and Stalock platooned the first month or so of the season, but then Niemi was given the lion’s share of the work load.

Over the course of the season, they signed Aaron Dell to an AHL contract, later upgrading to a NHL contract. And they signed undrafted free agent Joel Rumpel (currently in the playoffs with ECHL Allen on an ATO).

Depth chart as of today:

  • Stalock
  • Rumpel

Note that Anderson, Dell, Grosenick are pending RFAs and Niemi is pending UFA.  (And Sharks hold rights to Sateri.)

GM Wilson has stated that the organization would be adding 4+ goalies (so Rumpel is the first).

Obviously there will be deeper depth chart and more names on that list when the season starts.  More than five months of speculation and change to come.

As for the goalie coach(es): Wayne Thomas is 67; Corey Schwab lives on the east coast. With the AHL team moving to California, Schwab may look for emplyment elsewhere.  And Thomas may finally be ready to retire.

Changes are coming.

I expect a different pair of goalies in the NHL by October and different coaching.

The Summer knows – part 1 addendum: McLellan leaves; staff relieved

The summer smoothes
The restless sky

Today, the Sharks announced that the team and head coach Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways.  All the assistants (Woodcroft, Johnson, video coordinator Hemlich) have been relieved of their duties.  (No word on goalie “coaches” Wayne Thomas and Corey Schwab.)

McLellan thanks owners, coaches, players and fans for his time in San Jose. (Full Q&A from presser)

Possible coaching replacements via Pashelka

Sharks prospects CHL playoffs round 3

Recapping round 2:  In the OHL, Labanc (Barrie) and Bergman (London) both were eliminated. In the WHL, Chartier (Kelowna) and Schooenborn (Portland) advanced and will face each other in the WHL Western Conference Finals.

WHL | schedule/results

WCF. Kelowna (Chartier) vs Portland (Schoenborn)

  • G1 Kelowna 4/24; Kelowna 3-2; Chartier G, even; Schoenborn even
  • G2 Kelowna 4/25
  • G3 Portland 4/28
  • G4 Portland 4/29
  • *G5 Kelowna 5/1
  • *G6 Portland 5/3
  • *G7 Kelowna 5/5


150418 – Entry Draft lottery

Saturday, about 5pm, the lottery winner will be revealed.

Based on their record, finishing 22nd, the Sharks have a 5% (1 in 20) chance of winning the lottery.  (83% to stay at 9th; 12% to step back to 10th)

Update: Edmonton wins the lottery.  Sharks retain #9 pick.

Sharks/NHL introduction

San Jose Mercury News

 Puck Daddy chirpin’

Why We Should Pray They Win Lottery: Because San Jose missing the playoffs for only the second time since 1997, and after getting reserve-swept last season by their arch rivals, would make winning the lottery the Sharkiest thing that ever Sharked.

Why We Should Pray They Don’t Win Lottery: We’d eventually like to see him hoist the Cup.

NHL draft lottery drawing (video)

Sharks: Sharks Slotted as Ninth Selection in 2015 Draft

2015 NHL Playoffs – Sharks rooting card (round 1)

So, you want to root for the Sharks in the playoffs?  You’re stuck with former Sharks players and draftees.  (Based on series-opening rosters)

Ottawa: Milan Michalek
Montreal: Torrey Mitchell, Manny Malhotra

Detroit: assistant coach Tony Granato
Tampa Bay: Matt Carle

Pittsburgh: Christian Ehrhoff, Daniel Winnik, Thomas Greiss
NY Rangers: Dan Boyle, Dominic Moore, James Sheppard

NY Islanders: Tyler Kennedy
Washington: None

Minnesota: Charlie Coyle
St Louis: Marcel Goc

Chicago: Andrew Desjardins
Nashville: None

Winnipeg: TJ Galiardi
Anaheim: None

Calgary: None
Vancouver: Nick Bonino