Sharks Rumors & News

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Thornton says knee 100 percent healthy to start Sharks camp

    NHL.com "Center Joe Thornton was a full participant at the San Jose Sharks' first training camp practice Friday and said his surgically repaired left knee was 100 percent healthy. "I feel good," Thornton said. "I rehabbed hard this summer. The knee feels great, to be honest with you. It feels real..." September 16

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Is this winger a darkhorse to crack the Sharks’ roster out of training camp?

    San Jose Mercury News "It’s obviously difficult for most players to make the jump from junior hockey straight into the NHL. But if such a player exists in the Sharks organization this year, perhaps it’s Rudolfs Balcers. Balcers, the Sharks’ fifth round draft pick in 2015, showed Saturday that he could be a player to..." September 10

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Sharks Sign Defenseman Jacob Middleton

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jacob Middleton to to a three-year, entry-level contract. "Jacob really took a big step forward this past season in his first year of professional hockey and we're excited with..." September 07

  • Now off to Toronto, Patrick Marleau thanks San Jose, Sharks

    San Jose Mercury News "Patrick Marleau packed his bags and headed to Toronto earlier this week to begin the next stage of his NHL career. Before leaving, though, Marleau made sure to thank the city of San Jose one more time. Marleau, who played his entire NHL career with the Sharks from 1997-2017 before he signed a..." September 04

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Sharks' Couture updates facial injury: 'My top teeth are all fake now'

    San Jose Mercury News "Logan Couture delivered somewhat calming news to Sharks fans with an update on how is mouth is feeling. Couture talked with NHL Tonight about his health five months after taking a puck to the mouth, which caused major damage and seemingly stalled the Sharks center during the..." August 17

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • San Jose Sharks Sign Marcus Sorensen To Two-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The San Jose Sharks have handed out a two-year contract to restricted free agent Marcus Sorensen, bringing him back after his first season in North America. " July 18

  • Sharks sign ‘natural goal-scorer’ Rudolfs Balcers to rookie deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The San Jose Sharks reached an entry-level contract with Latvia’s Rudolfs Balcers on Thursday. San Jose drafted Balcers in the fifth round (142nd overall) in 2015. He enjoyed a strong 2016-17 season in the WHL, finishing second in Kamloops Blazers scoring with 77 points in 66 games. That..." July 14

  • Sharks re-sign F Chris Tierney to 1-year deal

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks have officially re-signed restricted free agent Chris Tierney to a one-year contract. Tierney collected 23 points (11g, 12a) in 80 games in his third season with the Sharks last year, serving primarily as the team’s fourth line center after Tomas Hertl returned from a knee injury in..." July 14

  • Tierney reportedly accepts Sharks’ qualifying offer, could still be traded

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes a signing puts speculation to bed for almost a decade. Every now and then, a deal barely delays additional questions. TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that Chris Tierney accepted the San Jose Sharks’ qualifying offer: a one-year offer for $730K. NBC Sports California’s Kevin Kurz believes..." July 12

  • No NHL team benefits from penalties quite like the Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just about every sports fan base probably feels like officials have in it for them in some fashion. Lambasting the referees might be the one thing rival fans can agree on during “neutral site” games. Once emotions subside, facts can clarify some of these thoughts. Some teams draw a ton of..." July 11

  • Sharks Sign Forward Brandon Bollig

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) to a one-year contract. Per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Bollig is a competitive player who will add a tough edge to the Sharks,"..." July 04

  • Sharks sign Thornton to 1-year, $8M deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Joe Thornton has officially returned to the San Jose Sharks. Hours after Patrick Marleau signed with Toronto, ending his time in San Jose, the Sharks announced they had officially re-signed Thornton to a one-year contract, confirming reports from yesterday. Per Stephen Whyno of the..." July 03

  • Thornton ‘bummed’ that Marleau didn’t re-sign in San Jose

    CSN Bay Area "Off of the ice, Joe Thornton is a notoriously chill dude. There isn’t a whole lot that phases the veteran center and future Hall of Famer, who appears to go through his non-hockey playing life with a remarkably even-keeled attitude. We’re talking about the kind of guy that signs a one-year, $8..." July 03

  • Patrick Marleau signs three-year contract with Maple Leafs

    NHL.com "Forward Patrick Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Marleau, who turns 38 on Sept. 15, became an unrestricted free agent on Saturday. The contract has an average annual value of $6.25 million. Marleau had 46 points (27 goals, 19..." July 02

  • Joe Thornton to re-sign with Sharks

    TSN "Joe Thornton has signed a one-year deal to remain with the San Jose Sharks according to Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie adds the deal will be worth around $6.5 million. Thornton is coming off successful knee surgery to repair significant MCL ligament damage and a..." July 01

  • Sharks sign Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Martin Jones to long-term deals

    TSN "The San Jose Sharks have locked up defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones to long-term deals. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the team has signed Vlasic to an eight-year, $56 million deal and Jones to a six-year, $34.5 million deal. Both Vlasic and Jones were one..." July 01

  • What a signing team could expect to get from Joe Thornton

    Sportsnet "Joe Thornton’s offensive production took a bit of a hit last season, dropping from an average of 74 points per season the prior three years to just 50 total in 2016-17. His biggest drop was his goal scoring, which was never his strength, but was always decent. Thornton scored 19 goals the year..." June 30

  • Joe Thornton's future with Sharks could be tied to Patrick Marleau

    NHL.com "Joe Thornton wants to keep playing with Patrick Marleau, preferably with the San Jose Sharks. He made that clear after the Sharks lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference First Round. "Hopefully I can come back and Patty can come back," Thornton told reporters then. "I think this..." June 30

  • Marleau has 2-year offer to return to Sharks

    CSN Bay Area "The Sharks have offered forward Patrick Marleau a two-year contract to remain in San Jose, one day before he is set to become an unrestricted free agent. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Marleau “is sitting on a 2 [year] offer from the Sharks. He's going through the process with his family,..." June 30

  • Five thoughts on Sharks’ Thornton’s talks with Kings

    San Jose Mercury News "Once the Sharks allowed Joe Thornton’s contract negotiations to reach this stage in the game, a conversation with the Los Angeles Kings was inevitable. The Kings are the Sharks’ closest geographical rival, they play in an even sunnier part of the state and the mere idea of No. 19 feeding passes..." June 29

  • Several Teams Showing Interest In Patrick Marleau

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even at the age of 37, Patrick Marleau scored 27 goals and was an effective offensive threat. Now, as Craig Custance of The Athletic reports, quite a few teams are showing interest in the pending UFA. Custance lists Toronto, Anaheim, New York (Rangers), Carolina, Nashville and Los Angeles in the..." June 27

  • Report | Los Angeles Kings interested in Joe Thornton

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Kings need to add more supplementary scoring to their lineup. Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik, two of the team’s highest-paid players, have severely regressed in the last few seasons. They’ve also lost out on key free agents in the last few years due to cap space, most notably..." June 27

  • Joe Thornton Hears From Multiple Teams Prior To July 1 Free Agency

    CBS Sacramento "Unless they re-sign the pending-unrestricted free agent Joe Thornton by July 1, the San Jose Sharks’ center will receive the opportunity to start interviewing with other teams the following day. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted Monday afternoon that Thornton has heard from a dozen interested..." June 26

  • Canadiens acquire David Schlemko from Vegas Golden Knights

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens filled one of the holes on their blue line Thursday when they acquired left-handed defenceman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for a fifth-round draft choice. If you count the 15 hours Schlemko spent with Vegas after being selected in Wednesday’s expansion,..." June 22

  • Brent Burns Wins 2017 Norris Trophy for Best Defenseman

    Bleacher Report "After one of the best offensive seasons for a defenseman in recent memory, San Jose Sharks star Brent Burns has taken home the Norris Trophy. Burns, 32, finished the 2016-17 season with 29 goals and 47 assists, the highest point total for defensemen. Had it not been for a stretch of struggles..." June 22

  • Sharks Acquire 2nd & 5th Round Picks from Devils for Mueller & a 5th

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft..." June 17

  • Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly still seeks return to NHL, and here are three likeliest suitors

    CBS Sports "Talk of a return to the NHL by ex-New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk has heated up as the expansion draft and free agency draw near. Reports out of Russia have indicated Kovalchuk might stay in the Kontinental Hockey League, but Devils general manager Ray Shero cited assurances from..." June 17

  • Thornton doing ‘extremely well’ after knee surgery, contract talks ongoing

    Pro Hockey Talk "San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has provided a promising update on forward Joe Thornton. The expectation, according to Wilson on Friday, is that Thornton, who turns 38 years old on July 2, will be ready for the start of next season, following an MCL injury suffered versus the..." June 16

  • Thornton, Marleau will have options if they don't return to Sharks

    CSN Bay Area "There’s nothing new to report regarding the futures of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau in San Jose, and it’s likely that it will remain quiet until the conclusion of the expansion draft on June 21, at the very least. It will be a couple more weeks, then, before the will-they-or-won’t-they..." June 16

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Talks progressing between Sharks, Vlasic and Jones

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks general manager Doug Wilson’s top offseason priority of signing defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones to long-term contract extensions has seemingly gotten off on the right foot. Vlasic’s agent, Bob Sauve, told NBC Sports California on Thursday that he has spoken to..." June 08

  • Extension could come soon for Martin Jones, Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The San Jose Sharks might not procrastinate when it comes to re-signing goalie Martin Jones. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that negotiations are going well between the two sides, making it possible that a contract extension could come as early as July. Jones, 27, will see his $3 million cap..." June 08

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Sharks keep stockpiling European free agents, land Sandberg

    Pro Hockey Talk "Doug Wilson is at it again. On Thursday, the Sharks GM confirmed yesterday’s news — the signing of Czech d-man Radim Simek — and announced that Swedish forward Filip Sandberg had agreed to a two-year deal. “Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in..." May 23

  • Future with Sharks still uncertain for Thornton, Marleau

    CSN Bay Area "More than four weeks have passed since the Sharks were dispatched by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau appear no closer to signing contract extensions than when the season ended. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson faces..." May 22

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Sharks re-sign forwards Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi

    Sportsnet "The San Jose Sharks made a couple moves to sure up their forward depth by re-signing Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi. After picking up 11 goals and 11 assists in 67 games last season, Karlsson, a centre from Sweden, agreed to a three-year deal worth $2 million per season, according to..." May 12

  • Manuel Wiederer inks entry-level deal With San Jose Sharks

    Fanrag Sports "It was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the San Jose Sharks have inked 2016 fifth-round pick Manuel Wiederer to a three-year, entry-level deal with the club. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in the official press release: “Manuel mixes a defensively responsible two-way game with..." May 09

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • Panthers get permission to speak to Sharks' Boughner

    TSN "The Florida Panthers have been given permission from the San Jose Sharks to speak to Bob Boughner about their vacant head coaching job, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Boughner, 46, has been an assistant coach under Pete DeBoer in San Jose for the past two seasons. Before..." May 03