Timo Meier

25 May 19
Gordie Howe Classic

Game 4 – With their backs against the wall, the Stars kept the play mostly in the visitors end, outshooting Vancouver 15-6 in the first period, but the biggest roar came from section 13, the section with the Canucks wives & family as Evgeni Dadonov scored for a 2-1 Lead after 20 minutes! Alex Galchenyuk […]

25 May 19
Gordie Howe Classic

Game 3 – The pre-game hype was all about Canuck Goalie Tukka Rask, who had held the Stars to just one Goal in each of the Vancouver Wins at home! The Game 3 crowd at American Airlines Arena sat silent, as the Canucks did something that hasnt been done all season in Texas, they came […]

25 May 19
Puck77

Welcome to Clearing the Puck! Your weekly look at the world of hockey from the week of May 19th-May 25th. This week we look back on the Blues advancing to the Stanley Cup final, the Ottawa Senators have a new head coach and there’s a team who isn’t good but they know it. Incase this […]

25 May 19
Sports Radio Service

photo from wbur.org: Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stops a penalty shot by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner during Game 4 of their second-round series. On the Stanley Cup Final podcast with Joe: #1 The San Jose Sharks’ season ended last week as the players cleaned out their lockers the discussion of free agency […]

24 May 19
Paradise Post
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
The Reporter
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Times-Standard
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Daily Democrat
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
Red Bluff Daily News
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
The Mercury News
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote: “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
East Bay Times
Even though I haven’t coached this century, except for coaching my boys to a bronze medal at 2014 Western Canadian U18 Ball Hockey Championships, I still have some coaching habits. I always like to watch a game a second time the next day. When Todd McLellan coached the Sharks, he allowed me to join him the next morning to watch the game with the coaches. I loved that; I didn’t love waking up at 5:30 to do it though. Even to this day as a broadcaster, I will re-watch the game I called the night before — with the sound muted, of course. It’s a great exercise. It allows a clearer, more detached, more impartial view of the game. Watching a game live, the emotion and drama in the heat of the moment can cloud anybody’s analytical skills. So after watching the Sharks again bow out of the 2019 playoffs I can affirm Peter DeBoer’s remarks after Game 6 in St. Louis. The 5-1 score was not reflective of the effort the Sharks dispensed. They did make the Blues “earn it.” Effort, work, heart. Use whatever word you want. The Sharks displayed a ton of it. Not just in the final game, missing three of their top performers, but throughout the entire playoff run. I know that does not ease the disappointment of seeing your team bow out so frustratingly close to another Stanley Cup Final. The look on Joe Thornton’s face said it all, a heartbreaking contemplation of coming so close while still being so far away It is simple to break down the St. Louis series. The punishment the Blues dished out game after game worked to perfection. Exhibit A: No Pavelski, No Hertl, No Karlsson for part of Game 5 and all of Game 6. The Sharks offense was stymied by an imposing defenseive core and dedicated backtracking forwards. Do you remember any odd man attacks the Sharks were able to generate? Yeah, neither do I. Time and space were luxuries the Sharks did not have. When they did find a sliver of space and got a chance on net, the Blues brilliant rookie tender, Jordan Binnington, made saves that disguised and defied his rookie status. The healthier, better executing team won. I don’t think there is any shame in that if your team gave every ounce of energy in opposition. You can be confident the Sharks “maxed out.” They competed hard but didn’t have enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. One of the great American writers and orators from the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll, wrote:“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” The Sharks didn’t lose heart. They displayed courage and took their defeat as they have won and lost all year — as a team. But this will not be the team when the Sharks return to the ice next September. With the end of the playoffs comes the very tough offseason where it’s very likely that some of your favorite Sharks will become your favorite former Sharks. GM Doug Wilson has some very busy days and sleepless nights ahead.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] According to CapFriendly, the Sharks have 15 players signed for a total of  $58,296,667. That leaves $24,703,333, based on the salary cap going up to $83 million. The good news is that Doug has done a good job locking up key players to contracts with good term and respectable salaries relative to the rest of the league. Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones and Evander Kane are locked up. Doug will need to address his restricted free agents. Timo Meier — 30 goals at 22 years old — has without a doubt earned himself a big raise. He’s probably looking at something north of $6 million per year and a term of 4 or 5 years. Kevin LaBanc, Joakim Ryan and Dylan Gambrell will shrink the cap space by an estimated $12-13 million. Then there are the unrestricted free agents, those who can leave: The big three, Erik Karlsson and two of the greatest Sharks of all time, Joe Pavelski and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Add Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi and Micheal Hayley… the numbers simply cannot be crunched enough. That is the biggest heartbreak of all.
24 May 19
The Reporter
[dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=sharks-hq” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] SAN JOSE — General manager Doug Wilson was still trying to put things in perspective Thursday after the Sharks came up six wins short of capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. That necessary time to reflect after the Sharks lost the Western Conference Final in six games, though, can only last so long. His captain, Joe Pavelski, wants to stay with the team but doesn’t have a contract. His star acquisition, Erik Karlsson, said he likes the organization but doesn’t know where he’ll land. And his Hall of Fame-bound center, Joe Thornton, isn’t sure whether he wants to put his soon-to-be 40-year-old body through the rigors of another season. The next six weeks — including the start of free agency on July 1 — could wind up as one of the more transformative periods of Wilson’s tenure as the Sharks’ GM, as he figures out how to proceed with his seven pending unrestricted free agents — including Pavelski, Karlsson and Thornton — under the restraints of the NHL’s salary cap. The Sharks’ other pending UFAs are Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Micheal Haley. “Every year you’re going to have a different team. Again, that’s a cap system,” Wilson said. “You need people coming in and taking more ice time, you need young players who learn from the people they’re around. Change is part of that. I haven’t gotten into that mode yet. “It’s still tough to realize we’re not playing today. Having said that, I look at the calendar, I know I have to get to work and get some decisions done.” For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Wilson said he’ll sit down with coach Pete DeBoer on Friday to begin the autopsy of a season that began with every expectation of competing for the Stanley Cup. Wilson said DeBoer will be back for a fifth season as head coach, but that other changes in regards to assistant coaches won’t be determined until later. “I’ve got to look in the mirror before I look at anyone else,” Wilson said. “That’s the process we’ve always followed. Are there things we can do different? Pete will do the same thing, and we’ll sit and talk about it.” Some takeaways from Thursday: WILL KARLSSON STAY?: The first decision, personnel-wise, may be about Karlsson, who despite an injury-filled season in San Jose, figures to command big money as arguably the top player in this summer’s list of free agents. The NHL defenseman with the biggest cap hit next season will be the Los Angeles’ Kings Drew Doughty, who begins his eight-year, $88 million extension in the fall. Will Karlsson get that kind of money from the Sharks or another team? It’s possible. “That’s a part of this business that you never know about,” Karlsson said Thursday. “Things have changed. I kind of wish I was signing my second deal and I was 21 and promising and hadn’t accomplished anything. The people that everyone seems to want. “Things change and you have to change with it or you’re out. I think I’m in the best position I’ve been in since I entered this league.” The Sharks could afford to sign Karlsson, who turns 29 on May 31, to a Doughty kind of deal, although it may mean they have to slice some payroll elsewhere — either by trade or by letting some unrestricted free agents walk. San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski speaks with the news media from the team’s practice facility at Solar4America Ice in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Right now they have just over $58 million tied up in 15 contracts, according to CapFriendly, and the salary cap for next season is projected to be about $83 million. Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are each due a raise as pending restricted free agents. The Sharks’ other RFA’s include center Dylan Gambrell and defenseman Joakim Ryan. DOES PAVELSKI FIT? The size of Karlsson’s contract, if he signs with the Sharks, could determine whether the Sharks can afford to bring back Pavelski. His expiring contract had an average annual value of $6 million. Should a player coming off a 38-goal season have to take a paycut? Even if they are about to turn 35? Pavelski sounded confident Thursday that something can get worked out with the Sharks. He wants to stay. He and his family love the area. But it’s quite possible he’ll be able find more lucrative offers elsewhere, both in term and money. Pavelski needed to have hand surgery two weeks ago, but feels he’ll be fully healthy again soon. “I’ve got a pretty strong belief system that I’ll be back here,” Pavelski said. “It’s just things have to work themselves out along the way. We had a lot of things going on with many different players. It’s nothing I’m too worried about. My mindset really doesn’t change. I know where I’m at as a player.” THORNTON’S FUTURE: One Sharks player after another Thursday said how weird it would be to come to training camp this fall and not see Thornton, a pillar of the franchise and the face of the organization. But Thornton’s going to take some time to decide what his next step will be in a career that will end one day with his plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]FUTURE OF NYQUIST: Nyquist, the Sharks’ trade deadline acquisition, said he wasn’t thinking about his next contract just yet. “I love it here. I had a great time here. I had a great experience, a great three months,” he said. “It’s nothing I’ve thought about. it’s still a month away. I know I don’t have a contract for next year yet, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll take that process further down the road. I don’t want to think about that right now.” HERTL’S HEALTH: Tomas Hertl missed Game 6 of the series with the St. Louis Blues with a head injury he suffered from a hit to the head by Ivan Barbashev. He also had surgery Wednesday for a broken left pinkie finger he incurred in a practice just before the playoffs began.
24 May 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
[dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=sharks-hq” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] SAN JOSE — General manager Doug Wilson was still trying to put things in perspective Thursday after the Sharks came up six wins short of capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. That necessary time to reflect after the Sharks lost the Western Conference Final in six games, though, can only last so long. His captain, Joe Pavelski, wants to stay with the team but doesn’t have a contract. His star acquisition, Erik Karlsson, said he likes the organization but doesn’t know where he’ll land. And his Hall of Fame-bound center, Joe Thornton, isn’t sure whether he wants to put his soon-to-be 40-year-old body through the rigors of another season. The next six weeks — including the start of free agency on July 1 — could wind up as one of the more transformative periods of Wilson’s tenure as the Sharks’ GM, as he figures out how to proceed with his seven pending unrestricted free agents — including Pavelski, Karlsson and Thornton — under the restraints of the NHL’s salary cap. The Sharks’ other pending UFAs are Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Micheal Haley. “Every year you’re going to have a different team. Again, that’s a cap system,” Wilson said. “You need people coming in and taking more ice time, you need young players who learn from the people they’re around. Change is part of that. I haven’t gotten into that mode yet. “It’s still tough to realize we’re not playing today. Having said that, I look at the calendar, I know I have to get to work and get some decisions done.” For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Wilson said he’ll sit down with coach Pete DeBoer on Friday to begin the autopsy of a season that began with every expectation of competing for the Stanley Cup. Wilson said DeBoer will be back for a fifth season as head coach, but that other changes in regards to assistant coaches won’t be determined until later. “I’ve got to look in the mirror before I look at anyone else,” Wilson said. “That’s the process we’ve always followed. Are there things we can do different? Pete will do the same thing, and we’ll sit and talk about it.” Some takeaways from Thursday: WILL KARLSSON STAY?: The first decision, personnel-wise, may be about Karlsson, who despite an injury-filled season in San Jose, figures to command big money as arguably the top player in this summer’s list of free agents. The NHL defenseman with the biggest cap hit next season will be the Los Angeles’ Kings Drew Doughty, who begins his eight-year, $88 million extension in the fall. Will Karlsson get that kind of money from the Sharks or another team? It’s possible. “That’s a part of this business that you never know about,” Karlsson said Thursday. “Things have changed. I kind of wish I was signing my second deal and I was 21 and promising and hadn’t accomplished anything. The people that everyone seems to want. “Things change and you have to change with it or you’re out. I think I’m in the best position I’ve been in since I entered this league.” The Sharks could afford to sign Karlsson, who turns 29 on May 31, to a Doughty kind of deal, although it may mean they have to slice some payroll elsewhere — either by trade or by letting some unrestricted free agents walk. San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski speaks with the news media from the team’s practice facility at Solar4America Ice in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Right now they have just over $58 million tied up in 15 contracts, according to CapFriendly, and the salary cap for next season is projected to be about $83 million. Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are each due a raise as pending restricted free agents. The Sharks’ other RFA’s include center Dylan Gambrell and defenseman Joakim Ryan. DOES PAVELSKI FIT? The size of Karlsson’s contract, if he signs with the Sharks, could determine whether the Sharks can afford to bring back Pavelski. His expiring contract had an average annual value of $6 million. Should a player coming off a 38-goal season have to take a paycut? Even if they are about to turn 35? Pavelski sounded confident Thursday that something can get worked out with the Sharks. He wants to stay. He and his family love the area. But it’s quite possible he’ll be able find more lucrative offers elsewhere, both in term and money. Pavelski needed to have hand surgery two weeks ago, but feels he’ll be fully healthy again soon. “I’ve got a pretty strong belief system that I’ll be back here,” Pavelski said. “It’s just things have to work themselves out along the way. We had a lot of things going on with many different players. It’s nothing I’m too worried about. My mindset really doesn’t change. I know where I’m at as a player.” THORNTON’S FUTURE: One Sharks player after another Thursday said how weird it would be to come to training camp this fall and not see Thornton, a pillar of the franchise and the face of the organization. But Thornton’s going to take some time to decide what his next step will be in a career that will end one day with his plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]FUTURE OF NYQUIST: Nyquist, the Sharks’ trade deadline acquisition, said he wasn’t thinking about his next contract just yet. “I love it here. I had a great time here. I had a great experience, a great three months,” he said. “It’s nothing I’ve thought about. it’s still a month away. I know I don’t have a contract for next year yet, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll take that process further down the road. I don’t want to think about that right now.” HERTL’S HEALTH: Tomas Hertl missed Game 6 of the series with the St. Louis Blues with a head injury he suffered from a hit to the head by Ivan Barbashev. He also had surgery Wednesday for a broken left pinkie finger he incurred in a practice just before the playoffs began.
24 May 19
Times-Standard
[dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=sharks-hq” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] SAN JOSE — General manager Doug Wilson was still trying to put things in perspective Thursday after the Sharks came up six wins short of capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. That necessary time to reflect after the Sharks lost the Western Conference Final in six games, though, can only last so long. His captain, Joe Pavelski, wants to stay with the team but doesn’t have a contract. His star acquisition, Erik Karlsson, said he likes the organization but doesn’t know where he’ll land. And his Hall of Fame-bound center, Joe Thornton, isn’t sure whether he wants to put his soon-to-be 40-year-old body through the rigors of another season. The next six weeks — including the start of free agency on July 1 — could wind up as one of the more transformative periods of Wilson’s tenure as the Sharks’ GM, as he figures out how to proceed with his seven pending unrestricted free agents — including Pavelski, Karlsson and Thornton — under the restraints of the NHL’s salary cap. The Sharks’ other pending UFAs are Gus Nyquist, Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Micheal Haley. “Every year you’re going to have a different team. Again, that’s a cap system,” Wilson said. “You need people coming in and taking more ice time, you need young players who learn from the people they’re around. Change is part of that. I haven’t gotten into that mode yet. “It’s still tough to realize we’re not playing today. Having said that, I look at the calendar, I know I have to get to work and get some decisions done.” For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Wilson said he’ll sit down with coach Pete DeBoer on Friday to begin the autopsy of a season that began with every expectation of competing for the Stanley Cup. Wilson said DeBoer will be back for a fifth season as head coach, but that other changes in regards to assistant coaches won’t be determined until later. “I’ve got to look in the mirror before I look at anyone else,” Wilson said. “That’s the process we’ve always followed. Are there things we can do different? Pete will do the same thing, and we’ll sit and talk about it.” Some takeaways from Thursday: WILL KARLSSON STAY?: The first decision, personnel-wise, may be about Karlsson, who despite an injury-filled season in San Jose, figures to command big money as arguably the top player in this summer’s list of free agents. The NHL defenseman with the biggest cap hit next season will be the Los Angeles’ Kings Drew Doughty, who begins his eight-year, $88 million extension in the fall. Will Karlsson get that kind of money from the Sharks or another team? It’s possible. “That’s a part of this business that you never know about,” Karlsson said Thursday. “Things have changed. I kind of wish I was signing my second deal and I was 21 and promising and hadn’t accomplished anything. The people that everyone seems to want. “Things change and you have to change with it or you’re out. I think I’m in the best position I’ve been in since I entered this league.” The Sharks could afford to sign Karlsson, who turns 29 on May 31, to a Doughty kind of deal, although it may mean they have to slice some payroll elsewhere — either by trade or by letting some unrestricted free agents walk. San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski speaks with the news media from the team’s practice facility at Solar4America Ice in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Right now they have just over $58 million tied up in 15 contracts, according to CapFriendly, and the salary cap for next season is projected to be about $83 million. Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are each due a raise as pending restricted free agents. The Sharks’ other RFA’s include center Dylan Gambrell and defenseman Joakim Ryan. DOES PAVELSKI FIT? The size of Karlsson’s contract, if he signs with the Sharks, could determine whether the Sharks can afford to bring back Pavelski. His expiring contract had an average annual value of $6 million. Should a player coming off a 38-goal season have to take a paycut? Even if they are about to turn 35? Pavelski sounded confident Thursday that something can get worked out with the Sharks. He wants to stay. He and his family love the area. But it’s quite possible he’ll be able find more lucrative offers elsewhere, both in term and money. Pavelski needed to have hand surgery two weeks ago, but feels he’ll be fully healthy again soon. “I’ve got a pretty strong belief system that I’ll be back here,” Pavelski said. “It’s just things have to work themselves out along the way. We had a lot of things going on with many different players. It’s nothing I’m too worried about. My mindset really doesn’t change. I know where I’m at as a player.” THORNTON’S FUTURE: One Sharks player after another Thursday said how weird it would be to come to training camp this fall and not see Thornton, a pillar of the franchise and the face of the organization. But Thornton’s going to take some time to decide what his next step will be in a career that will end one day with his plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]FUTURE OF NYQUIST: Nyquist, the Sharks’ trade deadline acquisition, said he wasn’t thinking about his next contract just yet. “I love it here. I had a great time here. I had a great experience, a great three months,” he said. “It’s nothing I’ve thought about. it’s still a month away. I know I don’t have a contract for next year yet, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll take that process further down the road. I don’t want to think about that right now.” HERTL’S HEALTH: Tomas Hertl missed Game 6 of the series with the St. Louis Blues with a head injury he suffered from a hit to the head by Ivan Barbashev. He also had surgery Wednesday for a broken left pinkie finger he incurred in a practice just before the playoffs began.