Three Sharks preseason games canceled


Three Sharks preseason games canceled

The first real casualty of the labor battle between the NHL and NHLPA was made official on Wednesday.

The league announced that all preseason games through September 30 are now canceled, including the Sharks game in Vancouver on Sep. 26, and home games on Sep. 27 vs. Phoenix and Sep. 29 vs. Anaheim at HP Pavilion. The Sharks will begin issuing refunds for games lost to full season ticket and partial plan holders on Oct. 31.

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The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players Association and the NHL, read a statement released by the league.

The Sharks were set to open training camp on Sep. 21, but the NHL and NHLPA have not even had formal discussions since last Thursday while the CBA expired on Saturday. No talks are currently scheduled, although the NHLs Bill Daly and NHLPAs Steve Fehr have spoken on the phone several times, according to reports.

The cancelation of preseason games doesnt necessarily mean the regular season will be delayed, even though thats looking more and more likely. The NHL will likely wait until the end of the month before announcing the cancelation of any regular season games. The Sharks are scheduled to open on Oct. 12 in Anaheim, while league play begins the previous night.

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.