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Sharks may get extended training camp before 2021 season

Sharks may get extended training camp before 2021 season

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ The team has been away from the ice for more than half the year. By the time the league resumes play on their tentative January 1, 2021 start date, it will have been 295 days since the San Jose Sharks last played an NHL game. Training camps for next season, as well as the start date itself, are a moving target while the league figures out the logistics of making a season with no fans and limited travel work. TSN’s Bob McKenzie recently suggested the league may be backed into a late January or February start. For the Sharks, as well as the six other teams that did...
Fear The Fin Oct 20, 2020
Ivan Chekhovich loaned to KHL club for 2021 season

Ivan Chekhovich loaned to KHL club for 2021 season

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports The winger is taking his development to Russia, for now. The San Jose Sharks have loaned forward prospect Ivan Chekhovich to the HC Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Russia’s top men’s league, for the entirety of the 2020-21 season. The KHL team announced the signing this morning. Форвард системы клуба НХЛ "Сан-Хосе Шаркс" Иван Чехович до конца текущего сезона будет защищать цвета хоккейного клуба "Торпедо" в КХЛ....
Fear The Fin Oct 16, 2020
Joe Thornton signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Joe Thornton signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via The 41-year-old has played with the Sharks since 2005. It’s the end of an era in San Jose, as Joe Thornton has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced today. The contract is one year at $700,000. Thornton is currently playing with HC Davos in Switzerland while the NHL is on an off-season break and awaiting a tentative January 1, 2021 start date. Speculation had cropped up the the 41-year-old center was ultimately deciding between the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs in free agency over the last week. Thornton has been with the...
Fear The Fin Oct 14, 2020
2020 NHL Free Agency: Every Sharks trade, signing, transaction, rumor

2020 NHL Free Agency: Every Sharks trade, signing, transaction, rumor

Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via It’s a Jumbo Joe watch, really. The San Jose Sharks head into 2020 free agency not all too differently that in 2019; last year, they were hoping young players would step up, this year they’re banking on the veteran players bouncing back. So far a change in net and a recycling of forwards leaves fans with one question: is this roster really that much better? Still, the off-season is far from over. Here’s ever move Doug Wilson and company make during free agency: October 5, 2020 TRADE To San Jose Sharks: Ryan Donato (F) To Minnesota Wild: 2021...
Fear The Fin Oct 11, 2020
2020 NHL Draft: Sharks draft grades

2020 NHL Draft: Sharks draft grades

Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via Experts weighed in on how GM Doug Wilson did with all of his selections. The 2020 NHL Draft is in the books and the San Jose Sharks added nine prospects to their pool. General manager Doug Wilson traded the Sharks’ own first-round selection (No. 3 overall) to the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson deal. Here is a breakdown of the nine picks: Just three of the forwards the Sharks selected are centers. Four are from Canada; the United States, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic are also represented. Six are right-handed shooters, three are...
Fear The Fin Oct 10, 2020
Sharks re-sign RFA Kevin Labanc to 4-year deal

Sharks re-sign RFA Kevin Labanc to 4-year deal

Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports The Sharks lock up Labanc with lofty expectations. The San Jose Sharks have re-signed pending restricted free agent Kevin Labanc to a four-year contract worth $18.9 million. The contract does not contain any trade protections. The 24-year old played in 70 games for the Sharks last season, tallying 14 goals and 19 assists. “Kevin brings a rare level of offensive skill and creativity to our line-up and has established himself as a top-six forward in our league,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in the release. “His Game 7 playoff performance last...
SFGate Oct 10, 2020

Sharks sign forward Kevin Labanc to $18.9 million, 4-year deal

More than a year after taking a team-friendly contract to help the San Jose Sharks, Kevin Labanc is cashing in. Labanc signed a four-year, $18.9 million deal Saturday that carries an annual salary cap hit of $4.7 million. That’s a significant raise from the $1million he made last season after putting up a career-high 56 points in 2018-19. “I just gambled on myself,” said Labanc, 24, who had been a restricted free agent. “It has nothing to do with ’18-19. I know I’m a top-six forward and I know that I can produce and be a good player and help this team out and help this team reach...
Fear The Fin Oct 9, 2020
Sharks re-sign Stefan Noesen

Sharks re-sign Stefan Noesen

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via After a cryptic Tweet sent yesterday afternoon, Stefan Noesen announced that he has re-signed for one more year with the San Jose Sharks. The 27-year-old winger got a small pay raise in his new $925,000 deal. San Jose, can you say Hakuna Matata!!! We back!! pic.twitter.com/Jq3d2rrjob— Stefan Noesen (@stefannoesen) October 9, 2020 Drafted 21st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators, Noesen has bounced around the league, only really getting a decent look at the NHL level with the New Jersey Devils from 2016-2019. At the end of the...
Fear The Fin Oct 9, 2020
Karlsson leaving Sharks organization

Karlsson leaving Sharks organization

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via So long, sweet prince. Once a proud organization with three Karlssons and two Joes, the San Jose Sharks are left with just one of these players in 2020. Melker Karlsson already passed last night’s midnight deadline to sign with the Sharks to a maximum deal, though the Sharks were never going to throw eight years at fourth-line forward. But per Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now, the 30-year-old Karlsson will be exploring his options in free agency, which opened at noon on Friday. Nicknamed “the Melkman,” the Swedish winger was signed by the Sharks...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
Sharks issue qualifying offers to three players

Sharks issue qualifying offers to three players

San Jose retains negotiating rights to Labanc, Dahlen and Sund. Doug Wilson and the San Jose Sharks announced today that they have issued qualifying offers to three pending restricted free agents and will retain their negotiating rights. Kevin Labanc, F A surprise breakout season in 2017-18 has made Kevin Labanc a surprising asset for being a sixth-round pick back in 2014. Last year, Labanc signed a notoriously cheap one-year, $1 million contract extension with the Sharks. He’ll be looking for a pay raise that was assumed to be the unofficial agreement on taking a short-term...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
Sharks re-sign 4 pending restricted free agents

Sharks re-sign 4 pending restricted free agents

All four four players were Barracuda regulars in 2019-20. On Monday, the San Jose Sharks signed four pending restricted free agents to contract extensions, all of them from the 2019-20 AHL Barracuda. SJ #Sharks sign 4 RFA's to contract extensions today.D Jacob Middleton2 year/2-way$725,000 AAVF Maxim Letunov1 year/2-way$700,000 AAVD Nicolas Meloche1 year/2-way$700,000 AAVF Jayden Halbgewachs2 year/2-way$725,000 AAVhttps://t.co/k3NfSyfH6M— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) October 5, 2020 Defender Jacob Middleton, 24, played the majority of the 2019-20 season with the Barracuda, playing in...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
2020 NHL Draft recap: Every Sharks selection

2020 NHL Draft recap: Every Sharks selection

Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via The team added nine new prospects to the pipeline. For the first time in franchise history, the San Jose Sharks have only drafted forwards. The team came into the 2020 NHL Entry Draft with seven picks. After trading four times, the Sharks walk away from this draft with nine selections. Here are a few break downs of the prospects: Just three of the forwards the Sharks selected are centers. Four are from Canada; the United States, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic are also represented. Six are right-handed shooters, three are lefties. The Sharks had...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
2020 NHL Draft: Sharks select Tristen Robins with No. 56 pick

2020 NHL Draft: Sharks select Tristen Robins with No. 56 pick

Photo by Christopher Mast/ The Shark drafted their second WHL winger of the draft. With the 56th pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks selected winger Tristen Robins from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. Pick no. 56 was acquired from the Washington Capitals on Feb. 18, 2020, along with a third-round pick in 2021, in exchange for defender Brenden Dillon. The Capitals previously acquired this pick from the Colorado as part of the package for Andre Burakovsky’s signing rights in June 2019. Robins had an overall unimpressive rookie season with the Blades...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
2020 NHL Draft: Sharks select Thomas Bordeleau with No. 38 pick

2020 NHL Draft: Sharks select Thomas Bordeleau with No. 38 pick

Photo by Dave Reginek/ The Sharks traded down to select Bordeleau, adding additional value to the pick. With the 38th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks have selected center Thomas Bordeleau from the Unites States National Team Development Program. The Sharks acquired pick 38 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for picks 34 and 100 during the second round of the draft. Though Bordeleau has been with the US National Team program since the 2018-19 season, Bordeleau considers himself an “international person.” He was born in Houston, Texas while his father...
Fear The Fin Oct 7, 2020
2020 Sharks Draft: Rounds 5-7 tracker

2020 Sharks Draft: Rounds 5-7 tracker

Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via The Sharks are a little light on the back half of the draft. The San Jose Sharks are stocking the prospect cabinets in the second day of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The team was facing a gap between Round 2 and Round 5, but a series of swaps have seen the Sharks make a third- and fourth-round selection, as well. In Round 6, the team is currently without a pick. Perhaps one of the seventh-round selections will be packaged off with a future pick to move up into the sixth round, especially since the two seventh-rounders are only separated by a handful of...

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