Sharks notes: Time change for opener, Vandermeer a Canuck

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Sharks notes: Time change for opener, Vandermeer a Canuck
January 14, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Jim Vandermeer had one goal and three assists for four points and 33 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Sharks last season. (AP)

The Sharks’ opening night game in Calgary on Sunday, Jan. 20, has been moved up an hour to 3:00 p.m. PST. An official announcement by the team is expected on Tuesday.

The timing could be perfect for Bay Area sports fans, as the start of the Sharks-Flames game could coincide with the end of the 49ers-Falcons NFC Championship Game, which is scheduled to begin at noon PST.

The move to the local 4 p.m. MST presents a decision for the Sharks’ coaching staff, too. The team had a pregame skate penciled in for Sunday, but with the game now starting in the late afternoon, the guess here is that the Sharks will not skate in the morning. The Sharks will practice at HP Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning before a team charter to Calgary later that day.

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The Sharks organization revealed its list of promotions on Monday, aimed at giving back to their loyal fan base that had to endure the senseless 113-day NHL lockout.

The team will be holding a Fan Appreciation night of sorts on Jan. 24 in the home opener against Phoenix. Every fan will receive a free ballcap, and 23 winners will be chosen at random to win the game-used jerseys off the players’ backs, to be awarded post-game against the Coyotes.

Season ticket and premium seat holders will enjoy a double discount on merchandise, including jerseys. The full list can be found here on the Sharks’ official website.

Individual game tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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Former Sharks defenseman Jim Vandermeer signed a two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Vandermeer, 32, spent the 2011-12 season with the Sharks but was used sparingly.

The Sharks considered bringing Vandermeer back, considering the injuries on their blue line. Instead, Vandermeer will compete for a roster spot on the Canucks with several other depth defensemen.

Vandermeer had one goal and three assists for four points and 33 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Sharks last season, but was frequently a healthy scratch. He admitted earlier in the week to the Vancouver Province, “the circumstances weren’t great for me last year.”

The deal will reportedly pay him $600,000 if he ends up on the NHL roster.

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A familiar name has joined the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls. Well, a familiar last name, anyway.

In a trade with the Gwinnett Gladiators, the Bulls acquired forwards Rylan Galiardi, Christian Ouellet and defenseman Cody Carlson for forward Justin Bowers and defenseman Sacha Guimond.

Galiardi, 26, is the older brother of Sharks forward TJ Galiardi. In his third year playing pro hockey, Rylan Galiardi, a forward, has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in 39 games. He has 13 games of experience in the AHL, but has spent the majority of his two-plus seasons in the ECHL.

Guimond, 21, is currently on loan to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester. Bowers, 27, was the Bulls’ captain, and was third on the team in scoring.