Sharks Rumors & News

  • Sharks have interest in head coach Randy Carlyle "The San Jose Sharks have obtained permission to speak to Randy Carlyle for their vacant coaching job. The news was first reported on Twitter by TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Fired mid-season by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carlyle left the club in playoff position, but..." April 25

  • Wilson safe as Sharks GM after Plattner statement

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is not in jeopardy of losing his job, according to a Sharks source. After San Jose missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade this year, owner Hasso Plattner on Thursday delivered a message to Sharks fans. The message was a bit vague, but the key..." April 24

  • Wilson has no timetable for naming next Sharks coach

    CSN Bay Area "The last time the Sharks had a vacancy at their head coaching position, general manager Doug Wilson, by his count, spoke with 21 different candidates for the job. He chose Todd McLellan four weeks and one day after firing Ron Wilson. Expect another exhaustive search this time around, too, now..." April 22

  • Report: Oilers have already reached out to McLellan

    Fear The Fin "McLellan is a Western Canadian boy, his family is likely to stay in the Bay Area which Edmonton is obviously much closer to than Toronto or Philadelphia, and McJesus himself has descended upon the Oilers. This seems like a no-brainer." April 21

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    David Pollak @PollakOnSharks

    Among other things, Wilson said his own evaluation with #SJSharks has not been completed, not assured by owner he wil be back next season..

  • Sharks and McLellan Mutually Agree to Part Ways "The San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) and Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways. In related moves, Assistant Coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and Video Coordinator Brett Heimlich have been relieved of their duties. Associate Coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of..." April 20

  • Agitator extraordinaire Ville Nieminen calls it a career

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the NHL’s more colorful characters is stepping away from the game. Ville Nieminen, who appeared in 385 career games with Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis and the New York Rangers, announced his retirement over the weekend after playing his final game in the..." April 20

  • Sharks' Niemi would like to be back next season

    San Jose Mercury News "Goalie Antti Niemi said Wednesday he would like to be back with the Sharks next season but realizes that his time in San Jose might be coming to an end. Niemi, the Sharks' No. 1 goalie for the past five seasons, is one of four players on the Sharks' roster that are due to become unrestricted..." April 17

  • Sharks' Couture: Coaching change not needed, but team culture 'not great'

    San Jose Mercury News "Logan Couture said the Sharks do not need to change coaches. The overall culture of the organization, though, might need an overhaul. "Not great," Couture said when asked Wednesday to describe the team's culture. "That's my personal opinion, and that's all I'm going to say about..." April 16

  • Sharks' McLellan, Thornton may be at odds

    CSN Bay Area "There’s already enough evidence to suggest that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and former captain Joe Thornton don’t see eye-to-eye. Now, add coach Todd McLellan’s name to the list of team personnel that may not be on the same page as the 35-year-old future Hall of Famer. In the final..." April 16

  • Sharks' Joe Thornton takes shot at possibly-departing Todd McLellan "Not one to hold back when he has something to say, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton didn't sound too pleased about recent comments Todd McLellan made regarding his future as head coach of the team. As the Sharks had their locker clean-out day Wednesday, Thornton had some pointed words for..." April 15

  • Sharks, coach Todd McLellan could part ways by Wednesday

    San Jose Mercury News "Nobody should be surprised if coach Todd McLellan’s tenure behind the Sharks bench ends Wednesday. But don’t necessarily expect a conventional firing. Signs indicate that a mutually agreed upon parting of the ways is more likely with both general manager Doug Wilson and McLellan acknowledging..." April 15

  • Canada tabs Sharks' Todd McLellan as IIHF World Championships coach

    Sporting News "San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan has been selected to coach Canada's National Men's team at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which takes place May 1-17 in the Czech Republic, general manager Jim Nill announced on Tuesday. McLellan has coached the Sharks for seven seasons..." April 14

  • Niemi mum on future with Sharks

    CSN Bay Area "The Sharks have four pending unrestricted free agents, none of whom has spent more time in teal than goaltender Antti Niemi. The 31-year-old served as the backup for the team’s final game of the season in Los Angeles on Saturday. In 61 games, Niemi was 31-23-7 with a 2.59 goals-against average..." April 13

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    Kevin Kurz @KKurzCSN

    As expected, #SJSharks reassign Tierney, Lerg, Fedun and Stollery to Worcester for their playoff push

  • LA Kings finish season with 4-1 win over Sharks

    Yahoo! Sports "The Kings and Sharks hadn't played such a meaningless game in April for more than a half-decade. With their playoff aspirations crushed in the past week, the defending Stanley Cup champions and their perennially successful rivals found themselves skating with nothing at stake on a sunny..." April 12

  • Sharks coach McLellan says he'll take time with family to review his future

    San Jose Mercury News "Coach Todd McLellan knows he will be evaluated by management and ownership as he is every season, but after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, he said he needs to assess his future here as well. "Our coaching staff will come under that review, but I have to do my own personal review..." April 12

  • Lerg scores late, Sharks beat Oilers

    CSN Bay Area "Bryan Lerg, making his NHL debut after seven years in the minors, scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes to go the third period to help lift the Sharks to a 3-1 win over Edmonton at Rexall Place on Thursday night. The 29-year-old Worcester Sharks captain received a pass from..." April 10

  • Sinking feeling in San Jose as Sharks' playoff streak comes to end

    Yahoo! Sports "Now that the San Jose Sharks have missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03, expect general manager Doug Wilson to reference the “rebuild.” He called the Sharks a “tomorrow team” almost a year ago. “I’m not happy with where we are, but I’m not surprised with where we are,” said..." April 09

  • McLellan's future in doubt after Sharks' playoff miss

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks coach Todd McLellan wasn’t ready to talk about his murky future with the organization, one day after it became official that he and his team would miss the playoffs for the first time in his seven-year tenure. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t thought about it, though. “We’re always..." April 08

  • 5-1 win all for naught as Stars' playoff hopes dashed by Jets

    Dallas Morning News "The Stars stretched out their dance of musical chairs as long as possible, but the music stopped Monday night. Somewhere during the first period of a 5-1 Dallas win over the San Jose Sharks, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild, 2-0, and moved to 94 points in the standings. Since the Stars..." April 07

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

  • Friedman on Thornton-Sharks buyout speculation

    Nichols on Hockey "On what he sees as the first shoe dropping with the San Jose Sharks after the season: “I’ve been told that when – and I have no proof of it – but when the owner stepped in when everybody kind of blew up at each other there, the word I was given was that Joe Thornton was told he was not going..." April 07

  • Sharks source: McLellan report inaccurate

    CSN Bay Area "A report about Todd McLellan having an opt-out clause for the final year of his contract if general manager Doug Wilson gets fired is inaccurate, according to a Sharks source. Appearing on "Hockey Night" in Canada on Saturday, Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reported: “If Doug Wilson were to be fired..." April 07

  • Sharks coach McLellan could become free agent "Todd McLellan, the San Jose Sharks’ all-time leader in games coached and wins, may become a free agent in the off-season according to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox. “If Doug Wilson were to be fired as general manager Todd McLellan has an option in his contract to become a free agent and he would be..." April 06

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • Sharks' Hannan nominated for Masterton Trophy

    CSN Bay Area "Scott Hannan entered the NHL in 1998-99, when one of the more important aspects of playing defense was clutching and grabbing the opponent in order to slow him down. The NHL changed after the lockout of 2004-05 in order to increase offense. That happened, and some of the defensemen that had to..." April 04

  • Sharks take over in third, crush Avalanche

    CSN Bay Area "The first home game back from a long road trip can be difficult, and the Sharks looked like they were deficient of energy early against Colorado at SAP Center on Wednesday. They eventually found their legs, though, and although it wasn’t exactly pretty, managed to get past the lethargic..." April 02

  • Sharks reassign top prospect Goldobin to AHL Worcester

    CSN Bay Area "Promising Sharks prospect Nikolay Goldobin has been reassigned to AHL Worcester, the team announced on Wednesday. Goldobin, 18, was one of the Sharks’ final cuts this past training camp, posting one goal and three assists in four preseason games. The offensively-skilled winger was reassigned to..." April 02

  • Here's the name and logo of the Sharks' minor-league farm team

    Silicon Valley Business Journal "Say hello to the San Jose Barracuda. That’s the name of the San Jose Sharks’ farm team soon arriving in Silicon Valley as part of the American Hockey League’s new Pacific Division, sources told The Business Journal this week. The toothy moniker follows a multi-year “presenting sponsorship”..." April 01

  • Sharks nearing official elimination after so-so road trip

    CSN Bay Area "Two weeks ago, the Sharks were well aware of the importance of their upcoming road trip. In order to remain in the playoff discussion, they’d probably have to gain at least 11 or 12 of the possible 14 points on the table. It didn’t happen. The Sharks faltered early on, losing three of the first..." April 01

  • Penguins outlast Sharks in shootout, 3-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The circumstances were extenuating. Except, that is, for the times when they were downright excruciating. Seemed bad enough when the Penguins were forced to go with just five defensemen in what became a 3-2 shootout victory against San Jose Sunday night at Consol Energy Center. Got a..." March 30

  • Injured Vlasic to be re-evaluated, Sharks recall Fedun

    CSN Bay Area "Marc-Edouard Vlasic won’t play on Sunday against the Penguins at Consol Energy Center, as he’s still dealing with an unspecified lower body injury from Saturday’s Sharks win in Philadelphia. Vlasic will be re-evaluated Monday when the Sharks are back in San Jose, but indications from head coach..." March 29

  • Missing playoffs could cost McLellan job with Sharks

    San Francisco Chronicle "As the Sharks head toward a non-playoff spring for the first time in 11 seasons, head coach Todd McLellan could find himself among fellow big-name NHL bench bosses looking for work next season. It doesn’t figure to take them long to find it. McLellan shouldn’t be made a scapegoat for San..." March 29

  • Uncertainty awaits Sharks after drama-filled season goes off the rails

    The Globe and Mail "Logan Couture can still remember blowing leads to the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators in consecutive games last month, losses that killed the San Jose Sharks. “Those hurt,” Couture said. “Good teams find a way to hold onto the lead and win that game. We didn’t.” Until February, the..." March 29

  • Sharks beat sloppy Red Wings

    Fear The Fin "After years of exciting, competitive and meaningful games against the Detroit Red Wings, the San Jose Sharks played a sloppy, meaningless, albeit exciting, 6-4 win over the Winged Wheels on Thursday. The Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see it evaporate in short order, but sloppy..." March 27

  • Sharks' Mueller out indefinitely after blocking shot

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller will be out of action indefinitely after blocking a shot in Detroit on Thursday night. Mueller’s left hand/wrist area was significantly wrapped on Friday, as the Sharks prepare to face the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. Todd McLellan said:..." March 27

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1 "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Sens skewer Sharks, grab wild card spot

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators will wake up Tuesday morning where they wanted to be. And, where so many never believed they would be. There may not be any stopping Andrew “The Hamburglar” Hammond and the Senators now as they bit back at the San Jose Sharks by scoring four unanswered goals in a third period..." March 24

  • Price posts 40th win, 9th shutout against Sharks

    Montreal Gazette "The skinny: It’s getting to be a bit monotonous, but the Canadiens won another game as goaltender Carey Price made up for the lack of offence. Price made 29 saves as the Canadiens squeezed by the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Price, who is having a career season, posted..." March 22

  • Mike Milbury thinks Sharks should send Thornton to minors

    Next Impulse Sports "During the first intermission of Wednesday’s Rangers-Blackhawks game, the NHL on NBC crew discussed the drama that has surrounded the San Jose Sharks organization not only this season, but in the past handful of years. The most recent incident with the team came last week when veteran center Joe..." March 19

  • Sharks players aware playoff streak is in jeopardy

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks know that they are rapidly running out of time to make up lost ground and reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. That would be disappointing enough. But it would also mark the end of the NHL's second-longest streak of consecutive postseason appearances, a 10-year run that started when Doug..." March 19

  • Jets re-take upper hand with beatdown of Sharks

    Winnipeg Sun "In this high stakes game of leapfrog, the Winnipeg Jets were able to hold serve and for the time being, move back into control of the second wild card berth in the Western Conference. Facing another opponent with designs on staying in the playoff hunt, the Jets scored three times in just..." March 18

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Sharks GM Doug Wilson, Joe Thornton moving on from recent spat "After a highly-public kerfuffle between San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and forward Joe Thornton boiled over last week, it appears both parties are ready to move on. Wilson addressed where things are at with the once captain of the Sharks, while Thornton says he is done talking about..." March 17

  • Sharks' Brown eyes return on two-week road trip

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks forward Mike Brown said he was eyeing a return to the lineup at some point during San Jose's upcoming seven-game road trip after participating in Monday's practice. Brown skated for the first time in over two weeks Monday and didn't appear to hold much back as the Sharks held a brief..." March 16

  • Sharks owner steps in after Wilson, Thornton spat "After a tumultuous 24-hour period where the best player in franchise history took a massive public swipe at his general manager, the owner of the San Jose Sharks re-focused everyone on what is really important — trying to make the playoffs. Via email, Hasso Plattner confirmed he talked to both..." March 15

  • Tensions rise in San Jose as Thornton says Wilson ‘needs to shut his mouth’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier today, we passed along what Sharks GM Doug Wilson told season-ticket holders about the organization’s decision to take away Joe Thornton‘s captaincy, explaining that the “pressure and stress” of wearing the “C” caused Thornton to lash out at people." March 14