Vlasic could play vs. Jackets; Murray won't


Vlasic could play vs. Jackets; Murray won't

COLUMBUS Marc-Edouard Vlasic could play on Tuesday night in Columbus after taking a puck to the face on Sunday, but Douglas Murray, who has a fractured Adams apple, will not.

Thats the latest on the injury front as the Sharks held an optional skate at Nationwide Arena on Monday afternoon as they prepare to face the Blue Jackets here tomorrow night.

There are two factors at play regarding Vlasic. One, he went for a CT scan about an hour before meeting with the media to make sure nothing is too badly broken, if anything is broken at all. Vlasic had a pretty sizable mark underneath his left eye and cheek, including three stitches to close an open cut.

The other is swelling. Vlasic wants to make sure his peripheral vision is not impaired so that he doesnt run the risk of hurting himself or his struggling club, which has lost three straight.

I would love to play but if Im not 100 percent I dont want to risk it, and I dont want to risk it for the team, as well, Vlasic said. Ill keep icing it, and hopefully by tomorrow it will feel better.

The injury could have been much, much worse, but Vlasics visor helped protect his face and may have prevented the puck from hitting directly in the eye, he said. When he returns hell have on a bigger visor, at least temporarily, much like the one teammate Colin White currently wears.

Oh, and in case you forgot Vlasic is a hockey player, he mentioned that he was a little disappointed he only required three stitches to close the cut on his face, and that hed rather deal with the pain than pop any pills.

Im not a big fan of medication. I took Vicodin yesterday. Didnt like it.

Vlasics importance to the team cant be overstated, as hes been a part of the top defense pair all season and is second on the team in ice time with 23:18 per game. He has four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and a team-high 18 rating.

Murray, who's missed the last two games with a fractured Adams apple suffered in Tampa Bay, flew back to San Jose to be examined by a Sharks team doctor. He will miss Tuesdays game against the Blue Jackets but Todd McLellan left open the possibility he could rejoin the team for its game in Toronto on Thursday.

One final injury note: Joe Pavelski, who took a slap shot to the head on Sunday early in the third period but later returned, said he was feeling no ill effects from the incident on Monday.

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news. The Sharks confirmed to NBC Sports California that Robinson's contract will be expiring.

According to the Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.