Clowe: Sharks' mindset the same

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Clowe: Sharks' mindset the same

SAN JOSE Its already been well documented that the Sharks are in unfamiliar territory, compared with every season since the end of the NHL work stoppage.

The calendar reads March 26, and the Sharks are not in playoff position as they get set to face the Colorado Avalanche. Instead, theyre going to have to take care of their own business while keeping an eye on the scoreboard much more than in the past six seasons when the playoffs were already a certainly by now.

Ryane Clowe has been here for all of them (although he played in just 18 games with the Sharks in 2005-06). Hes not used to the position the Sharks are in, but still senses a confident club that can get just as far in the playoffs, or further, than the teams of yesteryear.

Heres Clowes long and thoughtful response when I asked him this morning how the teams mindset might be different this season.

Obviously the mindset is, get in. Were playing pretty urgent hockey here, you could say with a little desperation lately, which is a good sign. Sometimes that doesnt happen when youve got a comfortable position in the playoffs.

We have the same mindset in that if we get in, we feel like we can do the same amount of damage we would be able to do in previous years. Its not like getting in just to get in; our mindset is still that ultimate goal like weve always had. Obviously, youve got to make the playoffs first. We feel like we are going to make it.

There was not a whole lot of feeling around, even when we were struggling a bit, that were not going to make it, or, wow this really might happen. Its always been like, dont worry, were going to make it, were going to make it. Well be fine. Weve got a good enough team. Like I said, the playoffs, we feel the same way we always have. We make the playoffs, we want to win the Cup. The mindset really hasnt changed there.

Todd McLellan was presented with the same question. Not surprisingly, the coach wants to believe that having to battle to get in could end up helping his club in the postseason.

This year the playoffs arrived a month early. The stress and the intensity around the locker room is a little tighter and its not as loose as its been in the past. Maybe thats a good thing for our team, McLellan said.

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news.

The Sharks confirmed that Robinson's contract would be expiring, and general manager Doug Wilson told NBC Sports California that the divorce was amicable, and "because of geography." Robinson lives in Florida.

According to the Montreal Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.