Sharks schedule press conference for former captain


Sharks schedule press conference for former captain

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch the Sharks' Owen Nolan press conference streaming live on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The Sharks have scheduled a press conference for former captain Owen Nolan next Tuesday. Sharks GM Doug Wilson and other "special guests" will gather at HP Pavilion at 2:30 p.m.

No reason was given for the press conference except for an announcement regarding the future of Nolan's hockey career. The natural assumption, though pure speculation, is that it will be to announce his retirement as a Shark.

Prior to this season, Nolan was invited to a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks, but he was released to free agency in September after an impressive 18-year NHL career that spanned six teams. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound right winger is the author of 422 career goals.

He was the first overall draft pick in 1990 (Quebec Nordiques), and was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to San Jose nine games into the 1995-'96 season for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh.

Nolan, 39, spent the better part of eight years with San Jose, earning the captain's "C" and amassing a total of 206 goals and 245 assists. He holds the franchise records most power play goals (75) and shorthanded goals (14).

His best career year came in the 1999-2000 season when he finished with 84 points and tied for second in the NHL with 44 goals. That season the Sharks reached the playoffs as the eighth seed and upset the top-seeded Blues behind Nolan's six goals in the series.

Nolan appeared in five All-Star games, none more memorable than the one in 1997 when he set a record scoring two goals eight seconds apart. Then, on a breakaway later in the game, he called his shot, pointed to the top corner before slotting his third goal of the game past Dominik Hasek, right in the spot he called.

Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’


Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’

SAN JOSE — There was something familiar missing in San Jose when the Sharks opened training camp.

For the first time since 1996, the Sharks took the ice for their first training camp practice without Patrick Marleau on the team as the franchise's career leader in games and scoring left as a free agent for Toronto this summer.

"I've spent a lot of years with him. It is kind of strange," said Joe Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005. "It's his birthday today too. It's a little weird, but he's going to do great up in Toronto."

Marleau had been with San Jose since being picked second overall in 1997 but left the Sharks to sign an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs in July.

Marleau has 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points. He had 46 points in playing all 82 games last season as he rebounded from a disappointing 2015-16 season by scoring 27 goals, including the 500th of his career. He ranks first in San Jose in career goals, games and points.

Only six players in NHL history have played more games with one team than Marleau's 1,493 in San Jose. The Sharks haven't played a game without him on the ice since April 7, 2009.

"Obviously Patty has meant so much to this organization and this group," captain Joe Pavelski said. "Everyone in this room has pretty much played with him and Patty has done something to help them out. He'll be missed. ... Just by committee somebody will step in and fill that kind of hole. That's what we'll need."

The Sharks made no major additions this offseason so will need to replace Marleau's 27 goals by getting development from younger players like Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, as well as bounce-back seasons from veterans like Thornton, Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi.

Only Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns are back after scoring more than 12 goals last season.

"When I look back at last year we had key people either have down years or miss significant time with injuries or coming off injuries," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think if we can stay healthy I think we've got a large group of guys that can really take a step this year and I expect a step out of them."

While the Sharks lost Marleau in free agency, they did manage to keep Thornton by giving him a one-year, $8 million contract despite dwindling production last season and offseason knee surgery.

He scored just seven goals — his fewest in an 82-game season since his rookie year in 1997-98 — and was a key part of a power-play unit that uncharacteristically struggled last season. But he still managed 43 assists, teaming with captain Joe Pavelski on San Jose's top line.

Thornton missed the final week of the regular season and the first two playoff games with a left knee injury before returning for the final four games of a first-round loss to Edmonton. Thornton then underwent surgery to repair his MCL and ACL after the season but was back skating in August and started ramping it up for training camp two weeks ago. Thornton believes the lower-body work he did in rehab this offseason will pay dividends on the ice.

"They feel real strong," he said of his legs. "I feel a lot of pop out there. They're probably as strong as they've ever been just because I had to rehab that knee so much."

Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks


Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks

The boys were back together in San Jose on Thursday for Sharks Media Day, with plenty of smiles and moments of levity. Check out the highlights...

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