Tuesday Chum Bucket: Couture, Clowe remain optimistic days before lockout

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 26: Ryane Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with teammate Logan Couture #39 after Clowe scored a second period goal agianst the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 26, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
  • The vast majority of the Sharks are back in town despite the likelihood of the season being postponed should the NHL and Players' Association not reach an agreement by Saturday. Logan Couture is still keeping a positive outlook that a new CBA will be in place by then. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • As is Ryane Clowe, who reveals players have been keeping up to date with the labor negotiations courtesy an iPhone app that I can only assume features Allan Walsh forcing PA members to retweet en masse every article from every columnist shilling for their cause. [CSN Bay Area]
  • While the season might not be starting on time, Couture is ready to go whenever it does following offseason shoulder surgery. [CSN Bay Area]
  • What would a Sharks roster filled only with players originally drafted by the franchise look like? [CBS Sports]
  • Tyler Seguin signs a 6-year, $34.5 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins. Fun fact: Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs approved Peter Chiarelli signing Seguin to this deal in the final days of the CBA he claims to hate so very, very much. Great value for Boston though. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Jen Conway with an upsetting but thought-provoking piece on the culture of sexual assault in hockey on the heels of Flyers prospect Nick Cousins and two of his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds teammates being charged with it. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Quips about creative accounting aside, there's no question some NHL teams are in legitimate financial trouble. Unfortunately, the lockout and inevitable temporary player salary rollback isn't going to fix any of that. [Puck Daddy]
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