Sharks notebook: McLellan to miss Blues game


Sharks notebook: McLellan to miss Blues game


It was an optional skate this morning for the Sharks, with fair attendance by the players, and one notable exception from the staff.Head Coach Todd McLellan will miss tonights game, attending the funeral of a family member, back in his home province of Saskatchewan. Broadcaster Drew Remenda will also be absent from tonights telecast, attending the services.In Todds place, Trent Yawney will take the reins. Yawney is usually in charge of the teams defensive pairings, but tonight will play the role of head coach alongside Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft, on the bench for the entire game.
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Yawney says that he does not expect having to make too many changes. Todd has left things in pretty good hands. Players offer their condolences to the head coach and certainly understand his obligations. They were also quick to make tasteful chirps about how they will run the show in the boss absence.Antii Niemi will start in net tonight for the Sharks.Forward John McCarthy was reassigned to Worcester yesterday, where he scored a goal last night for the AHL club.Forward Brandon Mashinter was recalled for tonights contest.Defenseman Niclas Wallin still day-to-day. He was not in attendance for the optional, although coach Yawney said he is making nice progress with his upper body injury. He is not expected to dress tonight.RATTO: Sharks skate fine line between good, lucky

Topics we will cover on SportsNet Central and Sharks Pregame Live:- How will things be different without Todd McLellan? Insights from the players...
- Inside vs. Outside shots. Players say whats helping the team more, and how do they get more 2nd chances?- Fantasy Camp highlights. Former Sharks and current fans will play a game this afternoon, and we will have interviews and video.

A's officially agree to two-year contract with Santiago Casilla


A's officially agree to two-year contract with Santiago Casilla

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract through the 2018 season, the club announced today.  To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated outfielder Brett Eibner for assignment.  The A’s also announced that they agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler and outfielder Alejandro De Aza on minor league contracts with an invite to spring training.

Casilla went 2-5 with 31 saves, a 3.57 ERA and .235 opponents batting average in 62 relief appearances with San Francisco last year.  He ranked sixth in the National League in saves but had nine blown saves, which tied for the most in the majors.  The 36-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 65 batters in 58.0 innings.  He walked just 19 average his average of 2.95 walks per nine innings was the second lowest mark of his career.  Casilla allowed just 1-of-18 (5.6%) inherited runners to score and held first batters faced to a .228 batting average and .267 on-base percentage.

Casilla returns to the Oakland organization as he was originally signed by the A’s as out of the Dominican Republic on January 31, 2000.  He made his Major League debut with Oakland in 2004 and was 6-4 with four saves and a 5.11 ERA in 152 relief appearances from 2004 to 2009.  Casilla was released following the 2009 season and spent the next seven seasons with the Giants.  He went 32-22 with 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 414 games with San Francisco.  Casilla saved a career-high 38 games in 2015 and he ranks sixth on the Giants career saves list.  The 13-year veteran is 38-26 with 127 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 566 career appearances.

Eibner began the 2016 season with Kansas City and hit .231 in 26 games over two stints with the Royals before he was traded to Oakland for Billy Burns on July 30.  He batted .165 in 44 games with the A’s and combined for a .193 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBI in 70 games in his Major League debut.

Detwiler was acquired by the A’s from Cleveland in a minor league deal July 17 and combined for a 2-4 record and a 6.10 ERA in 16 games, including seven starts.  He was also 6-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, with Triple-A Columbus and Nashville.  De Aza spent the entire 2016 season with the New York Mets and hit .205 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 130 games.  He is a .261 career hitter in 810 games in nine Major League seasons with Florida (2007, 09), Chicago-AL (2010-14), Baltimore (2014-15), Boston (2015), San Francisco (2015) and New York-NL (2016).

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Report: Gutekunst remains with Packers, withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Report: Gutekunst remains with Packers, withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Green Bay executive Brian Gutekunst, who was widely considered a favorite for the 49ers’ vacant general manager position, has reportedly decided to remain with the Packers.

Gutekunst has signed a new contract to remain with the Packers, according to reports from ESPN and the NFL Network.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst becomes the second Packers executive in two days to withdraw from consideration for the 49ers job. On Thursday, director of football operations Eliot Wolf decided to remain with Green Bay with a new title and an increase in salary. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wolf withdrew his name from consideration when it became apparent he would not get the job.

The race for the general manager position appears to be down to two known candidates: Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough. One source described the situation as "fluid."

Two years ago, Paton and Falcons coach Dan Quinn, the boss of presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, were reportedly connected as part of a possible general manager-coach team. Paton and Quinn know each other from their time together with the Miami Dolphins. Paton and Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on the same day – both in Atlanta.

McDonough is a highly respected talent evaluator who was believed to have Shanahan at the top of his list all along for coaches with whom he wanted to work, according to sources.