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Trade Targets: Finding a third-line center

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Looking through potential candidates to center the Sharks' third line.

Buccigross says Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik almost happened

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This morning on Twitter, ESPN anchor and NHL writer John Buccigross stated that a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. In follow-up discussions, he stated that the deal killer was Gaborik's shoulder surgery, which he underwent on June 1st. The injury will sideline him up to six months. Marian Gaborik has two years left on the five year, $7.5 AAV deal he signed with the New York Rangers that started in the 2009-2010 season. Dan Boyle has two years left on his $6.66 AAV deal. Boyle's deal includes a limited no-trade clause, which came into effect on June 30th, 2012. His NTC stipulates that he can choose 8 teams that he will not accept a trade to, which gives the Sharks flexibility in negotiations. Remember, Buccigross has been wrong before, most notably in the Marleau to the Kings fiasco of 2009. Still, it's an interesting tidbit of information and Buccigross definitely has the credentials that you have to at least raise your eyebrows. If the Sharks are indeed shopping Boyle, or even listening to offers, it could significantly alter the look of the team next year.

So about that Modano to the Sharks rumor...

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Erin over at Defending Big D with a great look at the resultant panic from Sharks and Stars fans alike when CSN Bay Area's Scott Reiss tweeted earlier this afternoon that San Jose had offered 42-year-old retired center Mike Modano a contract. The whole affair turned out to be a big misunderstanding based on an ESPN article from two years ago, back when the Sharks actually were courting Modano. These things happen and Reiss is generally reliable and does a terrific job covering the Sharks and Giants for CSN but it's another reminder that you probably shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet. Especially if it comes from a twitter feed with superfluous consonants in its handle.

Using NHLE to evaluate the Sharks' prospect pool

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A little over a month ago, Jon Allred gave us a terrific overview of the prospects in the Sharks' pipeline and I'd definitely recommend giving that a read if you haven't already. Seeing as San Jose...

Friday Links Roundup: Ferriero inks two-way deal with Pittsburgh

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Former Shark Benn Ferriero, who the team opted not to qualify as a restricted free agent this summer, has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins that will pay him $700,000 at the...

Sharks extend Marc-Edouard Vlasic for 5 years, $21.25 million

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Sharks ink one of the best young blueliners in the game long-term

Sharks name Jim Johnson assistant coach

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Former NHL defenseman Jim Johnson, last seen on the Washington Capitals' coaching staff this past season, is the latest person to be added to the Sharks' staff as an assistant coach, following Larry Robinson's hiring yesterday. Johnson has also served as an assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, serving as head coach of their AHL affiliate Norfolk in 2009-10. Unless the team plans to have five men behind the bench next year, we'll probably hear something about the job statuses of Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft in the near future. UPDATE: According to David Pollak, "[Mike] Ricci getting an expanded role with ‪coaching staff, but not fulltime post. Matt Shaw leaving."

Expectation vs. Reality: A look at an inaccurate label Patrick Marleau has carried his entire career

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Expectation vs. Reality: A look at an inaccurate label Patrick Marleau has carried his entire career

Alexander Semin and Ignoring the 10 Percent

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Friend of the blog Jeff Angus with a terrific, exhaustive look into Alexander Semin the hockey player, cutting through the xenophobia-driven bullshit perpetuated about Alex by much of the mainstream media. The Sharks are reportedly in on the Shane Doan sweepstakes and while Doan would be a solid addition given the right contract length (and as long as the team isn't forced to move out a different top-six forward as a result), Semin is the better player and the fact that he's yet to sign likely indicates he could be available for far less than market value.

Sharks officially announce Larry Robinson as associate coach

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An in-depth look at what Larry Robinson adds to the Sharks' coaching staff.

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