Urban: Uncomfortable Parting for Chavez, As


Urban: Uncomfortable Parting for Chavez, As

Nov. 5, 2010


Mychael Urban

That the As picked up their 2011club options on second baseman Mark Ellis (6 million) and center fielder CocoCrisp (5.75 mil) this week was not a surprise in the slightest.Nor was the teams decision to passon the 12.5 million option of third baseman Eric Chavez, who got a 3 millionbuyout instead.The fallout from the Chavez decision,though, threatens to taint the legacy of one of the franchises most popularplayers.By far the most honest player Iveever met, Chavez this week said he might try to play again next season -- butnot with the As. He wants a change of scenery after four years ofnon-stop pain and rehab. Nothing personal against the As,he insisted, and given his inability to speak anything but the truth, you haveto believe him. Unfortunately, his publicly stated desirefor a fresh start somewhere else -- if his perpetually broken body allows it --could be seen as a lack of loyalty to a team thats shown him plenty. The As made the biggestcontractual commitment in club history to Chavez during spring training in2004, giving him a six-year, 66 million extension. Over the following threeseasons, Chavez hit 78 homers with 250 RBIs and grew to six the number of GoldGloves he owns. Over the next four seasons, though,Chavez was on the disabled list far more often than not, pulling in roughly 43million while playing in an average of 38.5 games a year. So of course the As didntpick up that option. They know as much as anyone that Chavezs body isshot. Neck, back, right shoulder, left.But they still had to give him another 3million to get out of what ended up being an albatross of a deal, and whilethey said all the right things about Chavez, a class act with a welderswork ethic, writing that last check has to sting.That sting will feel like a mere pinprick compared to the anvil-on-head drop that would be Chavez getting healthyover the winter, signing with an American League rival such as the Angels, anddoing regular damage to the As in 2011.There are few players in the game Irespect more than Eric Chavez, in part because of the way hes alwaysembraced the First Amendment. I just wish hed have taken theFifth on this one.

Instant Replay: Sharks blanked by Wings, end road trip with thud

Instant Replay: Sharks blanked by Wings, end road trip with thud


DETROIT – The Sharks organization made some good memories over the years at Joe Louis Arena. Saturday’s game, their final regular season game ever in the storied Detroit arena, wasn’t one of them.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves in leading the Red Wings to a 3-0 blanking of the Sharks. San Jose’s record stands at an even 3-3-0 after it lost three of five games on its road trip, including the final two.

The Sharks open a three-game homestand with the Ducks on Tuesday.

Both of Nyquist’s goals came in the second period as Detroit opened up a 2-0 edge.

His first came on a two-on-one rush. Nyquist skated the puck into the Sharks’ zone, slammed on the breaks in the faceoff circle, and buzzed a wrist shot past Martin Jones at 4:14 of the middle frame.

On his second score, Nyquist squeezed a wrist shot through Jones from the slot at 15:10 shortly after Matt Nieto lost his footing – and the puck – in the Sharks’ defensive zone.

The Red Wings put the game out of reach when Andreas Athanasiou teed off on a slap shot from the circle at 6:05 of the third period, beating the Sharks’ starting goalie high to the far side.

San Jose was unable to score despite pulling Jones for an extra attacker with more than three minutes to go.

The Sharks again struggled on the power play taking an 0-for-4, and are 0-for-8 over the last three games.

Detroit will open Little Ceasar’s Arena at the start of next season. The Sharks finished with a 12-28-4 record all-time at The Joe.

Special teams

If there was one bright spot for the Sharks it was their penalty kill, which fought off all seven Red Wings power plays.

The power play, though, remains ice cold, as San Jose has scored just one power play goal this season during a standard five-on-four advantage. Overall, the Sharks are 3-for-20 on the season, including an empty net goal and another on a two-man advantage.

A bit of nastiness ensued shortly after the Red Wings’ third goal, as Joe Pavelski was given a double-minor for “attempting to spear” Steve Ott, who got an unsportsmanlike conduct minor.

In goal

Jones dropped to 2-3 on the season, losing his third straight start after beginning the season with a pair of wins. He allowed three goals on 32 shots.

Howard won for the second time in as many starts. He improved to 5-7-4 all-time against San Jose.


Brent Burns, who entered the game tied for the league lead in scoring with nine points, saw his five-game point streak to start the season come to an end.

Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was scratched, so Athanasiou was inserted back into the lineup.

San Jose reassigned forward Ryan Carpenter to the Barracuda on Friday. He did not play at all on the trip.

Up next

The Sharks will play just their second home game on Tuesday against Anaheim. The Blue Jackets visit SAP Center on Thursday, and the Predators next Saturday.

Overall, five of the Sharks’ next six games are in San Jose.

Mavericks waive DeMarcus Cousins' younger brother

Mavericks waive DeMarcus Cousins' younger brother

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks waived Jaleel Cousins, the younger brother of Sacramento All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, and four others Saturday to get their roster to the regular-season limit of 15.

Kyle Collinsworth, Keith Hornsby, Jonathan Gibson and CJ Williams also were waived.

Cousins didn't appear in a preseason game after signing Monday. The 6-foot-11 center was undrafted out of South Florida.

Gibson, a guard, played in all seven preseason games, averaging 7.1 points and 3.0 assists. Williams averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games, and Hornsby scored 3.2 points per game in five appearances.

Collinsworth averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 assists in five games.