March 19, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKSVIDEO
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.