Ferriero recalled, will play Friday


Ferriero recalled, will play Friday

NEWARK, NJ Martin Havlat is not the only one making his season debut for the Sharks on Friday against the Devils. Benn Ferriero, who joined the team on Thursday morning following a quick flight from Boston, will also be playing in his first NHL game of the young season.

Judging from practice, Ferriero will be on the teams third line with Michal Handzus and Torrey Mitchell. Andrew Desjardins looks to be the odd man out as he, Tommy Wingels and Frazer McLaren were all wearing the same colored practice jersey during Thursdays skate at the Prudential Center.

Todd McLellan was fairly blunt when asked about Ferrieros recall.

Were not very happy with some of our players and their performance, he said. We think that Benny can come in and maybe he can steal a job right now, which would be a great thing.

Ferriero is no stranger to jumping from the AHL to the NHL, and vice versa. In the past two seasons hes played a combined 57 games with the Sharks, and eight more in last years playoff run. He has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points and 17 penalty minutes in the regular season, and one goal in the playoffs.

After he didnt make the teams opening night roster, the 24-year-old Boston native wasnt sure when or if hed be back in the show.

I really had no idea what was going to happen when I was going to be called up, or if I was ever going to be called up, he said after Thursdays practice. Im really excited and cant wait to get going tomorrow.

Ferriero was one of the last training camp cuts, getting reassigned to the teams affiliate in Worcester on October 3.

I wanted to stick from the start. But, Ive done it the past two years. Its really nothing new to me. Im used to traveling and meeting the team in different places, and just playing.

Its not really a thing that you want to do, but its not too bad. Adrenaline gets you through an NHL game, and youre ready to go.

In two games in Worcester this year, Ferriero has two goals and an assist.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.

Canucks battling mumps ahead of meeting with Sharks

Canucks battling mumps ahead of meeting with Sharks

Several Vancouver Canucks are battling an outbreak of the mumps ahead of a game on Saturday with the Sharks at Rogers Arena.

At least five players are expected to miss the game. Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result, general manager Jim Benning said in a statement, but Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund “have each presented symptoms.”

Players with symptoms are “immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative.”

Vancouver Coastal Health authorities were on hand at Rogers Arena on Friday to screen players and staff, and issue immunizations if necessary.

The Sharks and Canucks will both be coming off of their bye week when they play for the second of five times this season.