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  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Sharks goalie Martin Jones aims to prove himself yet again this season

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Sharks went 39-1 last season when allowing two goals or fewer. Scoring rarely was an issue for them, which meant many games were decided on their play without the puck.   “We scored a lot of goals, but unlike other years, where we relied on being tight..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Sharks’ Tomas Hertl is ready for an encore after stepping into spotlight last season

    The Hockey News "This whole thing took a little longer than everyone expected. But after five NHL seasons and good number of stops and starts, Tomas Hertl broke out last season and became the point-per-game impact player a lot of people in the hockey world thought he could be. For the first time since he came..." September 12

  • San Jose Sharks Name Logan Couture Captain

    San Jose Mercury News "Logan Couture has been named the Sharks’ new captain by coach Pete DeBoer, the team announced Thursday morning. Couture, 30, a first round draft pick (ninth overall) by the Sharks in 2007, has spent all 10 years of his NHL career with San Jose and served as an alternate captain..." September 12

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Sharks' Erik Karlsson says injured groin 'back to normal' after surgery

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Groin injuries ultimately ended Erik Karlsson's first season with the Sharks, but the defenseman says he won't be affected moving forward.  "Right now, it feels like it’s back to normal,” Karlsson told The Athletic's Kevin Kurz in a sit-down..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Joe Thornton Re-Signs With San Jose Sharks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The deal is finally official, and Joe Thornton is returning to San Jose. The Sharks have announced that Thornton will be back on a one-year deal, and Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports it will be worth $2M. It never was in doubt, but now that it is..." September 06

  • Sharks hire former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti as a scout

    Sportsnet "The San Jose Sharks have gone outside traditional hockey circles for the latest addition to their scouting department. The club announced Friday that it is hiring former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti as a professional scout who will focus..." September 06

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06

  • Tomas Hertl ready to take leadership role with Sharks "Tomas Hertl knows it will be difficult for the San Jose Sharks to overcome the departure of former captain Joe Pavelski, but the 25-year-old forward said he's eager to take on more of a leadership role this season. Pavelski had 761 points (355 goals, 406 assists) in 963..." September 05

  • Sharks add Kendall Coyne Schofield to broadcast team

    Pro Hockey Talk "Women's hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield will join host Brodie Brazil and analyst Curtis Brown on NBC Sports California's "Sharks Playoff Live" broadcast before and after Game 5 of San Jose's Stanley Cup playoff second-round series with the Colorado Avalanche on..." September 05

  • Fantasy: 4 players who will excel with their new team

    The Score "The 2019-20 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching, and after a summer filled with roster moves throughout the NHL, it's important to keep tabs on all the new faces in new places as you gear up for your draft. With that in mind, here are four players set to excel on their new..." September 05

  • NHLPA weighing risks of poking the bear

    TSN "To poke or not poke the bear: that is the question staring down the NHL Players’ Association as they convene here for a meeting on Wednesday evening. In this case, that bear is commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors. The NHLPA has until Sept...." September 05

  • A way-too-early look at the NHL's 2020 RFA panic

    ESPN "This summer, the NHL was split into two camps when it came to restricted free agents and their unsigned contracts covered in nervous droplets of flop sweat from general managers: Those who believed this was the new normal, and those who believed this offseason was an anomaly. I've..." September 05

  • Donald Fehr: NHLPA hasn't discussed extending deadline for CBA decision

    The Score "Donald Fehr says it's essentially status quo after the NHLPA met Wednesday night in Chicago, and the notion of postponing the union's opt-out deadline hasn't been broached, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The NHLPA's executive director said no decisions were..." September 05

  • Logan Couture leading effort on fundraisers to benefit Gilroy victims "Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks are continuing to show their support for Gilroy, California. The forward is are spearheading two #GilroyStrong fundraisers Monday that will raise money for those affected by the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July..." September 04

  • No ‘fit’ between Patrick Marleau and Sharks, will pursue other opportunities

    Sportsnet "Veteran winger Patrick Marleau won’t be returning to the San Jose Sharks in 2019-20, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Checked in today with Pat Brisson, who represents Patrick Marleau. Brisson said the fit..." September 04

  • Which teams should take a chance on Andrei Markov?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After being away from the NHL for two seasons, Andrei Markov is ready to return to North America. He made that clear during an interview with the Montreal Gazette last month. The Russian blue liner left for the AK Bars Kazan of the KHL two seasons ago and he’s hoping an NHL team..." September 04

  • Sidney Crosby tops list of best-selling jerseys from last season

    The Score "One can debate whether Sidney Crosby is still the NHL's best player, but judging by jersey sales, he's still the most popular. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain topped the list of the league's most purchased sweaters from 2018-19 after finishing second to Toronto Maple Leafs..." September 04

  • Jason Pominville and other bargain bin NHL free agents to consider

    Pro Hockey Talk "With training camps nearing, it’s not surprising that you won’t find a ton of great NHL-ready options in free agency as of Sept. 3. That’s especially true once you start crossing certain names off of the list with the help of context. Jake Gardiner’s either..." September 04

  • Gary Bettman elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the driving force behind the League's financial stability and growth since taking office 26 years ago, is among five people who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12, it was announced Wednesday. Former NHL players and Stanley..." September 04

  • Ryan Reaves, Evander Kane renew feud with dueling chirps

    The Score "There appears to be no offseason for the verbal jousting between Vegas Golden Knights agitator Ryan Reaves and San Jose Sharks sniper Evander Kane. Reaves revived the spat with a playful jab while presiding over a hockey-themed renewal of vows on Sunday, calling himself..." September 02

  • Why Sharks' Marc-Édouard Vlasic is hoping for an NHL work stoppage

    NBC Sports Bay Area "No professional American sport has endured more labor strife than the National Hockey League. The league has experienced several lockouts, including canceling the entire 2004-05 season and most of the 2012-13 season. With the NHL’s decision to not opt out of the current..." September 01

  • Sharks' most important trades in team history: Acquiring Joe Thornton

    NBC Sports Bay Area "What other trade could it have been? On Nov. 30, 2005, the Sharks acquired superstar center Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins for defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. Sturm (1996) and Stuart (1998) were first-round picks in the NHL drafts that..." August 31

  • Top 25 NHL goaltenders in 2019-20: Ranking the best in the league, from Price to Lundqvist

    Sporting News "The age-old debate when it comes to any sport, any league, any team: who are the best of the best? With the NHL's preseason on the horizon, let's takes a look at the top 25 players at each position right now: forward, defense and goalie. This list takes into account both..." August 30

  • NHL Formally Declines CBA Opt-Out Clause

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has notified the NHLPA that they will not be using their opt-out clause to terminate the current CBA early according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The agreement currently runs until September, 2022 but both sides had the ability to end it two years early. The NHL has decided..." August 30

  • Evander Kane: 'Time to notice' racism in hockey

    TSN "Evander Kane took to Twitter on Wednesday night to respond to an Instagram comment telling him "stick to basketball." Kane, 28, said he heard the same comment in the playoffs this past spring while playing against the Colorado Avalanche. He captioned his statement,..." August 29

  • The workhorse goalie is disappearing from the NHL

    TSN "Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk led National Hockey League goalies in games played (67) last season, and finished second to Montreal’s Carey Price in usage, playing just 25 fewer minutes. Dubnyk and Price were absolute workhorses for their respective teams, but that term has..." August 26

  • Sharks' Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson ranked as top two fantasy defensemen

    NBC Sports Bay Area "They say defense wins championships -- and although they fell just short of the Stanley Cup Finals last season -- the San Jose Sharks have two of the NHL’s best filling its two starting defensemen spots. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns formed a dominant duo in..." August 25

  • Erik Karlsson faces big pressure to live up to new contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "In some ways, the pressure is off Erik Karlsson. Certainly, he can breathe a sigh of relief after the roller coaster that was last season. Karlsson had to slug through most of the 2018 offseason surveying the wreckage of the Ottawa Senators, only being traded to the San Jose..." August 24

  • Sharks will sink or swim based on goaltending

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes, when you get a little time and separation from a narrative, you realize that maybe the thing people were obsessed about wasn’t really a big deal. Well, Martin Jones‘ 2018-19 season doesn’t exactly age like fine wine. The output is far more..." August 24

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Why salary cap issues are threat to Sharks' Cup hopes

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Sharks' top priority this offseason was getting Erik Karlsson inked to a long-term contract. Mission accomplished, but at a significant cost -- and I'm not just referring to the $92 million Karlsson will earn over the next eight seasons. That isn't to say..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • Why looming NHL lockout is threat to Sharks' Cup hopes

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021-22 season, meaning there's no need to worry about any sort of lockout occurring before then, right? Wrong. Yes, the CBA expires after the 2021-22 season, but both the league and the NHL Players'..." August 20