Sharks endure hard skate as practice resumes

Sharks endure hard skate as practice resumes
February 20, 2014, 9:45 am
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It’s time to get back to work and today was kind of a wakeup day.
Todd McLellan

SAN JOSE -- Call it training camp, 2.0.

The Sharks not competing in the Olympics returned to the ice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Wednesday, with an afternoon skate at their practice facility. It began at 2 p.m. as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement.

After it was over, the players left the ice en masse, a sign that they were decidedly worn out after about 60 minutes of drills.

“It was a tough one today. I think you could tell everybody is pretty tired,” Dan Boyle said. “It was one of the hardest practices that I’ve had in a long time. We’ve got to get back to speed here, and this was a good start.”

Logan Couture called it “tough, tough. I think it was needed. You’re off the ice for [11] days and a lot of guys spent some time in the sun. I didn’t. I spent it in cold weather, but still away from the rink. You need to get back. A good skate and a good sweat -- pretty sure the guys will be sleeping pretty well tonight.”

Despite the reaction in the locker room, Todd McLellan didn’t consider the skate all that grueling.

“It wasn’t overly rigorous. That’s how long it’s been since we worked hard,” he said. “It was a lot of skating but a lot of battles, not a lot of competitive situations. They obviously rested, rested well, which was a goal we wanted them to accomplish."

The Sharks will continue to practice starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. They fly to Philadelphia on Tuesday, and practice there on Wednesday in preparation for next Thursday’s game at Wells Fargo Center.

“It’s time to get back to work and today was kind of a wakeup day, wake the body up and make it aware again that it has to go back to the level that it came from 10 days ago,” McLellan said.