Wingels returns as Mitchell sits

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Wingels returns as Mitchell sits

SAN JOSE When Marty Havlat sustained a partially torn hamstring in late December, shelving the winger for six-to-eight weeks, it vacated a place on the Sharks roster. Benn Ferriero and Tommy Wingels, the best forwards on the teams AHL affiliate in Worcester, were the two most logical choices for general manager Doug Wilson.

The first thing I thought was, I felt bad for Marty, Wingels said on Friday. Hes worked hard and its unfortunate to see someone go down. At the same time, thats why we have that team down there. Its a bunch of guys who are ready to step in if their name is called.

Wilson went with Ferriero, recalling the Boston native on December 20. But with some recent Sharks forwards struggling, Wingels joined his friend on Thursday with the big club.

Its Wingels second stint with San Jose, after he made the opening night roster and played in three of the team's first four games while Havlat was recovering from shoulder surgery.

He was reassigned on Oct. 22, though, trading places with defenseman Justin Braun at the time.

We wanted Tommy to go down and work on his game, play a lot of minutes, and not be up here and get fewer minutes, Todd McLellan said. Hes done that. Hes gone there for the first 25 or 30 games of the season, become one of the top players on their team and one of the better forwards in the American League. Now, its his reward to be up here.

Wingels, who leads Worcester with 13 goals, said: When you get sent down you have to focus on what gets you back up there. That gave me the opportunity to do that.

Theres another reason Wingels is here, though. McLellan has not been overly pleased with all of his forwards, mentioning as much after the 3-1 win in Anaheim on Wednesday. While Wingels played against the Blue Jackets alongside Michal Handzus and Andrew Murray on Thursday night, a healthy Torrey Mitchell was a spectator.

It gives us an opportunity to push some others here and let them know that if theyre not playing well or not producing, we have assets down there were prepared to use, said McLellan.

Mitchell who has three goals and four assists in 33 games, including just one assist in his last 11, and was asked if hes satisfied with his season so far.

Nope, Im not. I wish I had a few more points offensively and I wish I had a little more impact on some games, but the only thing I can do right now is keep working hard, he said.

As for what hes working on to get back into the lineup, Mitchell said: Not anything specific, just maybe try to be a little more creative in the offensive zone and be a little harder on pucks.

When Mitchell returns to the lineup is anyones guess, as McLellan seemed pleased with Wingels performance in the 2-1 Sharks win over Columbus.

He gave us good minutes, created some stuff on the forecheck, was responsible defensively, McLellan said. Its sometimes hard to play that first game coming back, just to fit in again. Im sure he felt good about it.

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.