Sharks don't disagree with Canucks' "arrogance"

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Sharks don't disagree with Canucks' "arrogance"

SAN JOSE Recently retired and future Hall of Fame winger Mark Recchi made news around the hockey world with some disparaging comments about the Vancouver Canucks last week.

Recchi was a member of last seasons Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, who defeated the Canucks in seven intense games in the Final.

Recchi told Gresh & Zo on 98.5 the Sports Hub:
In 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team Ive ever played against. I couldnt believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit.

With the Sharks set to face off on Saturday against the Canucks, who ended San Joses season last May, a couple of the Sharks were asked on Friday about Recchis controversial sentiments.

Recchi was obviously a very well-respected player in this league for many years, and still is very respected, said Douglas Murray. For him saying something like that probably means something."

So, does Murray disagree with Recchi?

No. No. I dont think so, he said, before adding, its not the whole team. Its certain individuals that give them that reputation. Im not going to call out names. Its obvious for anyone that watches the game.

While Murray didnt want to single anyone out, Ryane Clowe had no problem naming a few players on the Canucks that inspire some ill will, like to trash talk and maybe take the occasional dive to draw a penalty.

Theyve got certain guys, and they have Maxim Lapierre there who is known for that," said Clowe. "Hes known to run his mouth and play that sort of game. He doesnt really like backing that up. You have Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows who used to do that a little bit more. Apparently the last year, and last couple of years, theyve tried to not talk as much and just play.

Kesler has kind of turned the page a little bit, but they have some whiners and stuff over there, said Murray.

Clowe, like Murray, also didn't find it necessary to oppose Recchis viewpoint.

Recchi said it. Im not going to disagree with him, said Clowe. I think the teams that played against them last year in the playoffs felt similar feelings.

Its a new year, though, and Saturday night at HP Pavilion is the first chance that Sharks will get to see this years version of the Canucks.

The Canucks havent been nearly as impressive so far this season as compared to last. They have already dropped nine games in regulation a quarter of the way through (11-9-1), after losing just 19 all of last year.

The Sharks were 1-2-1 against Vancouver in the 2010-11 regular season before the Canucks eliminated them in five games in the Western Conference Finals. It was that playoff loss that may have forced the Sharks to make the offseason moves that they did, according to Todd McLellan.

We needed to adjust and make some changes. Weve made them, he said. Were in the process of putting it all together and molding it, and that takes us to the 20-game plateau. Thats just where we are right now.

Clowe expects an emotional game on Saturday, which will be broadcast north of the border for Hockey Night in Canada.

You know its going to be a physical game, and, I guess, a mans game, so you prepare yourself that way, he said. You get adjusted for that mentally, and it gets you in the game a little more.

Theyre not our favorite team, thats for sure.

Odds and ends: Antti Niemi will start in net for the Sharks. Vancouver plays on Friday night in Phoenix before flying to San Jose immediately following. Antero Niittymaki was seen on the ice on Friday morning at Sharks Ice, taking a few shots for the first time. He left before the rest of the team began practice, though.

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.