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San Jose Sharks: Why Calder Voters Will Go ‘Loco’ for Logan Couture

December 20th, 2010
The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down start to the 2010-2011 season. The same cannot be said, however, for rookie center Logan Couture. Couture has been red hot and seems only to improve with time. Despite his short tenure, he has quickly moved up from training ...

San Jose Sharks’ Antti Niemi Getting His Season Turned Around?

December 15th, 2010
Apparently San Jose Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi missed the Chicago Blackhawks more than anyone understood. After beating them in OT 2-1 last Saturday, his second victorious effort against his former team in as many weeks, Niemi has started each of the next two games for the Sharks—posting strong performances ...

San Jose Sharks: Road Heroics Mask Deeper Issues for Team Teal

December 9th, 2010
The San Jose Sharks completed their first extended road trip of the season on Thursday night: five games with stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Detroit, Philadelphia and Buffalo. In the end the Sharks went 3-2-0, gaining six points in the Western Conference standings. Given the Sharks roller-coaster start to 2010-2011 and their ...

San Jose Sharks Get Their “Bell” Rung Against Montreal Canadiens

December 5th, 2010
The San Jose Sharks have not won in Montreal, Quebec in eight years: since December of 2002. Whether at the old Montreal Forum or the new Bell Center, the Sharks have never found much success in French Canada. It will now be at least 10 years before this streak ...

Dany Heatley’s Return To Ottawa Becomes a Night of Firsts for San Jose Sharks

December 2nd, 2010
To say the San Jose Sharks were exploring uncharted waters Thursday night in Ottawa would be putting it lightly.The primary story line was of course the fact that the game marked the first time Dany Heatley would return to ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa since requesting a trade out of town ...

San Jose Sharks: Gritty Road Win in Edmonton a Sign of Progress?

November 29th, 2010
Ever since assuming the coaching reins from Ron Wilson, San Jose Sharks' head coach Todd McLellan has preached reliance and commitment to "the process" (long "o" for our Canadian friends) when discussing his vision for the team. If nothing else, McLellan's much-discussed process has yielded tangible progress for the ...

San Jose Sharks: Why Antti Niemi’s Next Start Could Be Make or Break

November 25th, 2010
The San Jose Sharks faced a critical test in the young 2010-2011 season Wednesday night, and to the joy—and perhaps shock—of many fans, they passed with great aplomb. The opening game of the 2010-2011 season series with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks was already huge for the Sharks for ...

San Jose Sharks Subplots Abound in ‘Bout With Old ‘Chums’ From Chicago

November 23rd, 2010
Despite how much coaches and players may try to downplay it, it is always important when you play a defending World Champion in any sport. Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks will certainly fit that bill for the San Jose Sharks. However, beyond the novelty and excitement that comes ...

San Jose Sharks Continue Roller Coaster Start, Logan Couture Builds ROY Resumé

November 19th, 2010
Just when you thought it was safe to start wearing teal again...Following a resounding and convincing victory over the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, the San Jose Sharks went back on the road for a brief two game back-to-back road trip. The Sharks handled the Kings ...

San Jose Sharks Bury Division-Leading Kings: Is This a Turning Point for 2010?

November 16th, 2010
The San Jose Sharks faced a critical barometer of their mettle Monday night when they played host to the division-leading Los Angeles Kings. A win would not only net the Sharks nine of a possible 10 points on their five-game homestand, but would prove their ability to contend against ...