Sharks spotlight: TJ Galiardi

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Sharks spotlight: TJ Galiardi

Editor's note: Over the next month, CSNCalifornia.com Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz and Postgame Live reporter Brodie Brazil will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in numerical order.

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Sharks spotlight: TJ GaliardiAge: 24 LWTJ Galiardi was acquired by the Sharks at the trade deadlinefrom the Colorado Avalanche, and had one goal in 14 games with six penaltyminutes. In 55 games with the Avalanche before the trade, he had eight goalsand six assists for 14 points and 47 penalty minutes. He was scoreless with sixpenalty minutes in three playoff games for the Sharks. He is a restricted freeagent.Kurz says: When the Sharks acquired Galiardi (along withDaniel Winnik in exchange for Jamie McGinn and a prospect), nearly everyone whowas on the Sharks roster in 2010 commented on how much of a rat Galiardicould be on the ice and they meant it as a compliment. Galiardi displayed hisup-tempo, pest-like game in flashes with the Sharks, but never locked down aregular spot in the lineup, as evidenced by his being a healthy scratch in twoof five playoff games. A six-game absence due to a back injury didnt helpGaliardis adjustment, either, as he was forced to sit from March 17-26 whilerecovering.Brodie says: It was pretty amazing that as Dan Winnik and TJ Galiardi were having lunch together, they found out, within minutes apart, that each was involved in a trade to San Jose. But in a sense, it was also symbolic of the friendship between the two... one which made joining a pressing Sharks team at the deadline a lot easier as a pair. With their outgoing and fun-loving personalities both were quickly accepted into the dressing room, in a time where the temperature was raising over playoff uncertainty. Tenured Shark players recalled Galiardi being a frustrating matchup back in the 2010 playoffs, when he helped the Avalanche take their first round effort to 6 games against San Jose. He was pesky in that series and made life difficult on all of the top players of his future team. Galiardi suffered from what could have been a pre-existing back injury as he came to the Sharks, which did not help him in the quest to make immediate contributions or find a rhythm with minimal time to spare. 2012-13 expectationsKurz says: Galiardi is still just 24 years old, and theSharks will almost certainly bring him back into the fold next season. Hellhave the benefit of a full training camp, and should be able to lock down aregular spot among the top 12 forwards. Galiardi has the potential to developinto a strong penalty killer, too, and if the Sharks play a more aggressivestyle on the PK next year as is expected Galiardi could be an effectivepart of that unit.Although things didnt work out for him in Colorado, thereis still plenty of time for Galiardi to continue to improve his game and, atthe very least, be an effective role player with the Sharks.Brodie says: As one of five restricted free agents this summer, the ball is really in the Sharks' court with Galiardi. One thing to note: he is an extremely motivated player, still with a chip on his shoulder about the way things ended in Colorado. He has a strong desire to make San Jose his proving ground, which in itself should be a good reason for the team to exercise its essential option. His age, his energy and his potential all fit. Galiardi can be the type of player you hate to go up against; so why not put him in teal for a full next season?
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Sharks' Vlasic joins Canada for World Championships

Sharks' Vlasic joins Canada for World Championships

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will compete in the upcoming IIHF World Championships for Team Canada, it was announced on Friday.

The tournament runs from May 5-21 in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. 

Vlasic, 30, a native of Montreal, has played in the tournament twice before in 2009 and 2012. He also represented Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games, helping it to a gold medal, and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada also captured.

In 75 games with the Sharks this season, Vlasic posted 28 points (6g, 22a) and a +4 rating. He was second on the team in shorthanded time on ice (2:04 per game) and blocked shots (146).

A pending restricted free agent in 2018, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson called getting Vlasic signed to a long-term deal an offseason priority for the club. The two sides can begin negotiations on July 1.

“Vlasic [is] arguably one of the best defensemen in the league,” Wilson said. “[He] is still one of the most underrated players in the league in the outside world.”

The Sharks lost in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Edmonton, although Vlasic and partner Justin Braun helped to keep Connor McDavid in check at even strength. The league's leading scorer had just one even strength point in the six-game series, an empty net goal with less than one second left in Game 6.

Boedker tops list of disappointing Sharks depth forwards

Boedker tops list of disappointing Sharks depth forwards

SAN JOSE – The Sharks didn’t make any blockbuster moves last summer, content to make another run in 2016-17 with largely the same group that came within two wins of capturing the Stanley Cup.

They still acquired a notable player, though, when Mikkel Boedker was signed on July 1 to add an element that the Sharks knew they needed more of moving forward – speed. Boedker was expected to make the team faster, after the Sharks were exposed for not having enough of that against Pittsburgh in the NHL’s final round, as well as play in a top six role. 

At the time, it was hailed as a slick, under-the-radar move that wasn’t going to change the dynamic of the club but could help push it over the top.

When Boedker was a healthy scratch in games three and four of the first round against Edmonton, the evidence became clear, though, that this was a decision that fell flat on its face. 

Frankly, Boedker – who is signed for three more years with a $4 million salary cap hit – brings back visions of Sharks bust Marty Havlat. You know the skill is there, but the desire to use it on a nightly basis while showing any semblance of a battle level is lacking. 

Should the Sharks give Boedker another chance next season, or should they do everything in their power to try and move him? That’s a question that will likely be debated in the front office over the next several weeks.

On get-away day on Monday, indications were that the Sharks were planning on sticking with the 27-year-old, who finished with 26 points in the regular season (10g, 16a) and added one goal and one assist in four games in the playoffs.

“He has the things we’re looking for: his career scoring average, his speed, [penalty killing] ability,” general manager Doug Wilson said. “Did he meet the expectations that he had for himself [or] that we had for him? No. Can we get that out of him? Pete [DeBoer] believes we can.”

DeBoer has known Boedker since he played for him in 2007-08 in Kitchener (OHL). Despite scratching him in the playoffs, DeBoer said he saw “huge improvement” in Boedker throughout the course of the season after the forward spent nearly all of his NHL career in Arizona.

“There was an adjustment. He’s played 6-7 years a certain way in the NHL,” DeBoer said. “We’ve asked him to play differently here, and there was an adjustment.”

Boedker still believes that he can be a fit in San Jose.

“I think it will be and it can be,” he said. “It’s learning period, but you’ve also got to look in the mirror yourself and see what you can change and what assets you need to bring. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m ready to do that.”

The list of Sharks depth forwads that had frustrating seasons hardly begins and ends with Boedker, though.

Veteran Joel Ward’s production dipped from 43 points last season to 29 in 2016-17, although that probably isn’t too surprising considering he’s 36. Tomas Hertl is proving to be a streaky player, too, although his season was interrupted by another a knee injury.

The bigger disappointment came from players like Chris Tierney and Joonas Donskoi, who both made big impressions in the 2016 playoffs but struggled to produce consistent offense this year. Both were mentioned by name by DeBoer on Monday.

There are some promising youngsters in the pipeline like Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Marcus Sorensen, but it’s still too early to project any of them as can’t-miss scorers at the NHL level.

“I think we’ve got a large group of guys that I like, but need to step up,” DeBoer said. “Is Sorensen [like] Donskoi next year, where he takes a step back, or [does he take a] step forward? We’ve got a lot of guys that there’s a lot of potential there – Chris Tierney. 

“There’s a lot of those guys, but they need to have big summers and take a step, and show that they’re not just one season or one month players.”