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Antti Niemi Rumors: If the Reports Are True, What Does This Mean for the Sharks?

September 1st, 2010
Over the last hour or so, numerous reports are suggesting that free agent goaltender Antti Niemi has decided (in principle) to sign with the San Jose Sharks. Niemi, who is coming off a Stanley Cup victory with the Chicago Blackhawks, was recently awarded $2.75M in salary arbitration due to his fantastic ...

San Jose Sharks: If the Season Started Tomorrow…

August 5th, 2010
In the world of sports, the phrase "dog days of summer" is usually used in reference to professional baseball. After all, baseball is the only major U.S. sport in mid-season during the summer months. But more specifically, the use of "dog days" refers to (give or take) the final four-six weeks ...

San Jose Sharks: Could Antti Niemi Become Their Ken Norton Jr.?

August 3rd, 2010
The San Jose Sharks have already signed a free agent goalie to replace long time starter Evgeni Nabokov. His name is Antero Niittymaki. And if you talk to Sharks GM Doug Wilson, he will tell you that the organization has already found "their guy". But with the news that the Chicago Blackhawks ...

San Jose Sharks: Why Jamie McGinn Makes Ryane Clowe Expendable

July 19th, 2010
When the calendar still reads July, and the buzz over the early portion of NHL free agency period has come and gone, hockey writers are simply pulling teeth trying to find worthy news to post about. In fact, from Mid-July to the start of team training camps in September is probably ...

Mike Modano: Why The San Jose Sharks Should Kick The Tires On The Former Star

July 13th, 2010
As of last season, Mike Modano was the only player in the NHL playing with the same franchise he had been with ever since the 1980's. In other words, Modano had been playing at the NHL level as a member the Dallas Stars for longer than both myself and the Sharks ...

With San Jose Missing Out on Niklas Hjalmarsson, What’s Next For The Sharks?

July 12th, 2010
Just this past Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that they had signed Chicago Blackhawks' restricted free agent defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a 4-year, $14 million contract. Now as a restricted free agent, this offer kicked into gear a period of seven days in which the Blackhawks had to decide whether ...

Evgeni Nabokov: For Love of The Game or For Love of The $$$?

July 7th, 2010
As frequent San Jose Sharks Bleacher Report readers already know, yours truly has consistently been a critic of the now-former Shark goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Now sure, when I was younger (during the early part of Nabokov's career) I would chant Nabby's name when attending Sharks games at the HP Pavilion. But since ...

San Jose Sharks’ Offseason Is in a Familiar but Odd Standstill

July 4th, 2010
When it comes to making the big move to acquire a necessary talent, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has never been shy on pulling the trigger. During the 2006-07 season, Wilson traded for power forward Bill Guerin at the deadline to bolster what in his mind was a top forward ...

San Jose Sharks: Promising Offseason Takes a Turn for the Worse

July 1st, 2010
The San Jose Sharks began the offseason with a string of moves that not only made hockey sense, but made their fanbase happy. With the trend of unheralded goaltenders succeeding in the NHL, the Sharks' front office (headed by general manager Doug Wilson) made their first critical decision of the offseason ...

San Jose Sharks: Doug Wilson Makes First Offseason Mistake By Re-Signing Wallin

June 27th, 2010
Just two days ago, the San Jose Sharks were executing a perfect offseason plan. They made their first, and most critical, course of action by parting ways with franchise goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. The move enabled San Jose to have more flexibility in re-signing the rest of their key free agents. While the decision to not bring Nabokov back ...