Waivers: Burish — UPDATE

UPDATE: Burish clears waivers and is assigned to AHL Worcester. D Matt Tennyson recalled. (NHL Sharks do cap hit of salary in excess of $925k.)

Adam Burish was put on waivers Saturday.

What does that mean?

The Sharks need a NHL roster spot, most likely for Mike Brown. And Burish was found the most expendable.

My guess is that GM Doug Wilson was unable to find a trade partner to take Burish.  (Getting an asset for a player is almost always preferable to losing him for “nothing”.)

(Sharks nominally don’t comment on situation until after the waiver period has concluded.)

What happens next?

Other NHL teams have until 9am Sunday 11/23 to put in a claim on Burish.  If no team claims him, he can be assigned to AHL Worcester.  If one or more teams put in a claim, the team with the worst record will be the one to get him.

Burish is a servicable forward, has a reasonable contract, and a great attitude.  There are a few teams where his services could be of use (especially with a long list of injuries; I’m looking at you Columbus, Philadelphia).

141122 – pregame Coyotes @ Sharks 7:30pm

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Sharks home record is 2-3-1.  Not acceptable when compared to their historic norm.  Especially when they’ve been swept by a few Eastern Conference teams.

After a long string of non-division opponents, they are facing the Arizona Coyotes, for the first time this season.

But it won’t be with the same line up that was iced on Thursday, as on Friday, D Jason Demers (and a 2016 3rd pick) was traded to the Dallas Stars for D Brendan Dillon.  Dillon, wearing #4, is expected to be in the line up Saturday against the Coyotes.

In case you’re wondering, this is not a new opponent, but they do have a new name.  Part of the lease arrangement with the new owners of the Coyotes is to change their “location” from Phoenix (many miles from the city of Glendale where the arena is located) to Arizona (hoping to be able to have a better outreach to the state, perhaps).

TRANSACTION:  Burish put on waivers (so likely to be scratch tonight).

Appears that it’ll be Niemi vs Dubnyk in the nets tonight.

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141120 – postgame Panthers @ Sharks

There was some effort, but not enough to win their first game home after a long road trip. Marleau’s late goal (after missing earlier penalty shot) gave the Sharks a point.

Sharks hit the practice rink on Friday and hope to have a winning effort against the Coyotes on Saturday.

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Trade: Demers to Dallas

On Friday, Jason Demers dressed for the 11am practice, but was called off the ice before things got started.  About 90 minutes later, it was announced he’d been traded.

The San Jose Sharks traded D Jason Demers, a 2016 3rd round draft pick, retaining 35% of the contract value (through 2015-16), to the Dallas Stars for D Brendan Dillon (RFA next summer).

Each is expected to be in his new team’s line up Saturday (both wearing jersey #4).

While a fan favorite, Jason Demers was not the impactful defenseman that had fans and pundits clamoring he was an untouchable.

Dillon brings a physicality that Demers could never bring.  And as he was a late bloomer, has developed other skills and abilities to make his presence felt on the ice.

I’ll miss Jason (Daddy), but look forward to see what Brendan can bring to the Sharks line up.

But this is not the end.  GM Doug Wilson looks to improve his team daily (until the trade deadline).  And with Mike Brown skating, a roster spot will need to be opened to activate him from the IR, so I’m expecting more changes to come.  (And Raffi Torres has returned to San Jose, so there’s a second forward spot to be opened up in a few weeks.)  Some of the more recent healthy scratches (like Burish) could be the next out of town.

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The boys are back in town.

Sharks Care is collecting non-perishable food at the game for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Panthers are coming off a loss against the Kings (poor period of defense allowed Kings to score 4).

Sharks shake up lineup in attempt to get Marleau and Couture more offense.  Niemi starting.

Marleau will be playing 400th consecutive game.  Demers playing in 300th career game.

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141118 – postgame Sharks @ Sabres

4-3 record on the trip.  Sigh.  A disappointment that it’s below 0.500.

But the guys got out of town Tuesday evening, a bit of a miracle given the snow fall around the region.  They get Wednesday off and then face the Panthers, to hopefully take revenge for another loss on this trip.

Disallowed goals disappointed. End of a shutout streak.  And continued concern with all the blueline. And lack of offense.

Have to think there will be changes of one kind or another soon.  (And not “36 days until Christmas” soon either. Under/over before/after US Thanksgiving?)

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