3 Bold Seattle Expansion Draft Picks From the Western Conference

3 Bold Seattle Expansion Draft Picks From the Western Conference

September 22nd, 2020 As we reach the culmination of the strange but wonderful 2019-20 NHL season, it only feels appropriate to speculate about what the future holds. While the uncertainty of COVID-19 and all that comes with it continues to loom ahead, one thing is for certain: we will soon have 32 NHL teams competing...
The Sharks Are California's Best Shot At the 2021 NHL Playoffs

The Sharks Are California's Best Shot At the 2021 NHL Playoffs

September 21st, 2020 None of California’s three teams qualified for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. Though it was a chaotic year, that does not dispute the fact that the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks were among the weakest in the league. With never-ending hope of making the 2021 postseason for...
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September 12th, 2020
Sharks History

On this date, one of the greatest National Hockey League defensemen ever made history even though his playing days were over. Also, a very popular and successful captain announced his retirement while a regrettable contract was signed on Long Island. Orr Makes More History Even though his playing career had ended the previous year, Bobby Orr made even more hockey history on Sept. 12, 1979. The Hockey Hall of Fame waived its three-year waiting period to include Orr with the 1979 class. At just 31-years-old, he is the youngest player to ever be enshrined. He was the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history, at the time, with 915 points. He has since been passed up by 10 players. Joining Orr in the 1979 class were forward Henri Richard, defenseman Harry Howell and builder Gordon Juckes. Orr was the youngest player welcomed into the Hall of Fame. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Richard was one of many iconic Montreal Canadiens players over the years. In his...
September 10th, 2020
San Jose Sharks

For years, Marc-Edouard Vlasic was the rock of the San Jose Sharks' defense - he was a very dependable defensive defenseman who could also score a few goals here and there. Vlasic was rewarded for his dependability in the summer of 2017 with an eight-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $7 million. However, his on-ice value has drastically regressed, and he now looks like a shell of what he once was. Related: Sharks With 100-Point Seasons When you take into consideration that his contract also includes a no-movement clause for the next three years, Vlasic's deal could very well be one of the worst in the NHL right now. With six more years to go, the window seems to be closing for Vlasic to prove that he's worth his contract, and it could very well handicap the Sharks unless general manager Doug Wilson can find a way to get his contract off the books. A Near-Decade of Defensive Brilliance Before Vlasic inked his current deal, he was considered one of the...
September 8th, 2020
Sharks History

On Aug. 9, 1988, the Edmonton Oilers made a trade that changed hockey by sending Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. It's a trade that is largely regarded as a catalyst for the NHL’s expansion into non-traditional markets, especially in California. Within five years, the NHL added two more California teams - the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks. Those three California teams - the Kings, Ducks, and Sharks - naturally developed an intra-state rivalry. The Ducks celebrating after scoring a goal on San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov. As The Hockey Writers’ Josh Lewis put it, “Making a trade with your biggest rival is like sitting on a public toilet: it’s dirty, it’s gross and you avoid it whenever possible, but on rare occasions, it’s the best option available.” The Sharks, on occasion, have sat on that toilet. A Rivalry Birthed in 2008-09 At the end of the 2006-07 season, the Ducks became the first of the three California teams to lift the Stanley Cup....
September 7th, 2020
Sharks History

Although teams are not playing regular-season games on this day, Sept. 6 is one of the most significant dates in San Jose Sharks history. It not only was the day that their name was decided, but it was the inaugural practice for the fresh team and brought San Jose arguably their most important trade at that time. Naming the Franchise Following over 5,000 fan submissions for potential team names, the new San Francisco Bay Area NHL team finally landed on the ‘Sharks’. This name was officially coined by the team on Sept. 6, 1990. Though some of the fan submissions were obvious refusals, such as Rubber Puckies, Screaming Squids and Salty Dogs, the team still had a tough time deciding between other titles. The top choices included the Blades, Grizzlies and Sharks. If one was to think that choosing a team name was easy, the process this new team went through would prove them wrong. Related: Sharks' Best Players in Franchise History Originally, ‘Sharks’ was the runner...

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Five Great Moments in San Jose Sharks History

The month for looking back at San Jose Sharks history continues, and this time, it's a chance for us to check in on some of the best moments in team history. We covered the most gut-wrenching moments earlier. And the most fun players to watch. Now a time to look at some brilliant, exciting and... August 25th, 2015