Archive for August, 2010

Yahoo Puck Daddy’s Mount Puckmore features the four faces of the San Jose Sharks

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010

THE REVERED SAN JOSE SHARKS MOUNT PUCKMORE – B.D. GALLOF Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog published my San Jose Sharks version of the hockey Mount Puckmore featuring the four faces of the franchise. Thanks to Sean Leahy and Greg Wyshynski for keeping the hockey discussion going during the offseason. Below is the full unedited version. To [...]

San Jose Sharks Hewlett Packard “Chalk Talk” question and answer session with Todd McLellan, Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, August 27, 2010

Sharkspage still has an email out to the team on the status of the State of the Sharks, but earlier this month head coach Todd McLellan, Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski held a question and answer session with employees from title sponsor Hewlett Packard. Due to the rough cameraphone video quality, a few quotes from [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: THN pre-season predictions, Carey Price, Tomas Kaberle

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last weekend on The Hockey News Radio Show with Adam Proteau on XM Satellite Radio Home Ice Channel 204: Guest-co-host Jim “Boomer” Gordon joins Adam again for another bi-weekly, summer edition of THN Radio. In the first segment, THN writer/editor Ryan Dixon calls in and discusses the process that results in THN’s pre-season predictions, Carey [...]

Informal scrimmages at Sharks Ice a signal that hockey season is around the corner

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NEW SAN JOSE SHARKS GOALIE ANTERO NIITTYMAKI ARRIVED THIS WEEK OWEN NOLAN CARRIES THE PUCK AROUND JOE THORNTON NEW SAN JOSE SHARKS WINGER JAMAL MAYERS After an abnormally mild spring and summer, the thermometer hit 102 degrees in San Jose on Tuesday. Wednesday morning was a little more mild at 93 degrees, but a brief [...]

DOH Podcast #112: ESPN’s E.J. Hradek, Antti Niemi, upgrading blueline

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana bring in ESPN analyst E.J. Hradek to discuss offseason Sharks roster possibilities including unrestricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi, what defensive options are available to upgrade the blueline, and get Hradek’s take on Willie Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa on the 112th episode of the Dudes on Hockey podcast. This Sharks [...]

Worcester Sharks President Michael Mudd visits Stockton Thunder

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stockton Thunder play-by-play broadcaster Mike Benton interviewed AHL Worcester Sharks President Michael Mudd as he visited the Northern California ECHL franchise this week. In conjunction with the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks recently signed a co-affiliation agreement with the Thunder. Stockton will also work with the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate, the expansion AHL Oklahoma [...]

Antero Niittymaki Sharks goalie mask by David Arrigo designed for the new ‘Big Fish’ in town

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, August 20, 2010

NEW ANTERO NIITTYMAKI SHARKS MASK DESIGN – DAVIDARRIGO.COM FRANK NITTY INSPIRED SHARK WITH TOMMY GUN – DAVIDARRIGO.COM DAVID ARRIGO WITH PATRICK MARLEAU MURAL – DAVIDARRIGO.COM David Arrigo has made a name for himself creating artwork for the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and NASCAR, but his work painting goalie masks over the last three [...]

DOH Podcast #111: Trade/UFA Speculation – Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa, Willie Mitchell, Antti Niemi

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010

#31 ANTTI NIEMI AND FRIENDS 2010 WCF – PHOTO JON SWENSON Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss trade and unrestriced free agent speculation including the weekend Tomas Kaberle was not traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa, Willie Mitchell, and an ESPN report by E.J. Hradek speculating on former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender [...]

The Hockey News 2010-11 Yearbook not hot on Sharks, THN 2010-11 Fantasy Pool Guide disagrees

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

THE HOCKEY NEWS 2010-11 NHL YEARBOOK The Hockey News 2010-11 NHL Yearbook is out, and somewhat expectedly the San Jose Sharks stock individually and collectively dropped slightly in the eyes of hockey’s illuminati. Given THN’s penchant for not taking the Sharks seriously in the playoffs until the Conference Finals, predictions and assessments for 2010-11 were [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: NHL expansion, women’s Olympic hockey, Boston Bruins

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This week on The Hockey News Radio Show with Adam Proteau on XM Satellite Radio Home Ice Channel 204: Adam is joined by guest-co-host Jim “Boomer” Gordon for another bi-weekly, summer edition of THN Radio. It’s an all Ask-Adam this week, featuring questions from emailers and tweeters on NHL expansion, the future of women’s hockey [...]

Playboy Fight Night to the Mansion hybrid kickboxing/mma/boxing card in San Mateo finishes with style

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, August 16, 2010

2 OF 3 FINALISTS THAT BEAT OUT 2 DOZEN LADIES FOR PLAYBOY MANSION JON PRYOR LANDS RIGHT VS SKLYR PENNA IN IKF TITLE FIGHT IKF CHAMP JENNA CASTILLO LANDS HARD KNEE VS TIFFANY VAN SOEST There are a number of smaller shows that help build up talent for larger kickboxing or MMA promotions, they are [...]

Toronto Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports unconfirmed offer of Joslin + 1st to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, August 14, 2010

The deadline is ticking down until Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause activates Sunday at midnight. GM Brian Burke has been actively trying to work a lethargic summer hockey media into a lather in order to put more pressure on NHL GM’s to up the ante. Up until this point, it has not [...]

Joe Pavelski attends Comcast post-Giants game BBQ, dunks LA Dodgers fan

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, August 13, 2010

JOE AND SCOTT PAVELSKI AT GIANTS GAME – @DEVONFOXCSN Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area posted a pair of Joe Pavelski interviews from yesterday’s post-Giants game fan BBQ. Above CSNBA’s Kate Longworth interviewed Pavelski on what he has been up to this offseason, and gets him to drop a Dodger fan in the dunk tank. The Sharks [...]

San Jose Sharks EVP/GM Doug Wilson interviewed on KNBR’s Fitz and Brooks show

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010

SAN JOSE SHARKS EVP/GM DOUG WILSON – PHOTO JON SWENSON San Jose Sharks EVP/GM Doug Wilson was interviewed on KNBR’s Fitz and Brooks show yesterday afternoon. Wilson covered the summer outlook for his team after a run to the Conference Finals last season, which players may fill a Dustin Byfuglien role for the Sharks, the [...]

DOH Podcast #110: Devin Setoguchi, Jamal Mayers, Antti Niemi

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss Devin Setoguchi’s one-year contract extension, the addition of unrestricted free agent grinder Jamal Mayers, RFA defenseman Derek Joslin, the Chicago Blackhawks pressing the eject button on Stanley Cup winning goaltender Antti Niemi in favor of Marty Turco, and the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk saga among other topics on the 110th [...]

Music capital of the NHL? Faith No More, Metallica, Neil Young… San Jose Sharks fans

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, August 9, 2010

METALLICA LEAD SINGER JAMES HETFIELD AT SHARKS WCSF GAME 5 Interesting story from SJsharks.com yesterday, Boyle’s Summer Trips End with Olympic Reunion in Edmonton. In addition to touching on the Canadian Olympian mini-renunion to receive their championship rings, it was also noted that Boyle traveled to New York City to catch the reunion tour of [...]

Kontinental Hockey League/SKA Saint Petersburg Evgeni Nabokov press conference

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, August 9, 2010

GREBESHKOV, MEDVEDEV, NABOKOV ATTEND PRESS CONFERENCE – KHL The KHL released a partial transcript of Friday’s press conference to announce the signing of former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, and former Kings/Islanders/Oilers/Predators defenseman Denis Grebeshkov with SKA Saint Petersburg. They were joined by KHL/SKA president Alexander Medvedev to answer questions from the Russian media. [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: Ilya Kovalchuk saga, Antti Niemi, Atlanta GM Rick Dudley

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, August 9, 2010

Last week on The Hockey News Radio Show with Scott Laughlin and Adam Proteau on XM Satellite Radio Home Ice Channel 204: Adam and Scott were in Toronto for another bi-weekly, off-season edition of THN Radio. In the show’s opening segment, the guys talk about Ilya Kovalchuk’s ongoing contract saga, the remaining free agents on [...]

UFC 117 Silva vs. Sonnen weigh-ins in Oakland, main card preview

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, August 6, 2010

ANDERSON SILVA, CHAEL SONNEN MAKE WEIGHT FOR UFC 117 MAIN EVENT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (240lbs) IN OAKLAND SAN JOSE’S JON FITCH MADE 171, THIAGO ALVES MISSED AT 171.5 JON FITCH GAVE ONE MORE POSE BEFORE FACEOFF WITH ALVES UFC 117 Silva vs. Sonnen is a reclamation project of sorts. The USA Today/SB Nation [...]

San Jose Sharks sign forwards Jamal Mayers, Steven Zalewski, and defenseman Derek Joslin

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, August 5, 2010

SAN JOSE SHARKS ANNOUNCED SIGNING OF RW JAMAL MAYERS WEDNESDAY Over the last two days the Sharks have announced the signings of unrestricted free agent right wing Jamal Mayers, and the last remaining restricted free agents Steven Zalewski and defenseman Derek Joslin. “Jamal is a fast, physical, team-first player who brings the ingredients we were [...]