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Meier, Sorensen and Heed all Assigned to the Barracuda

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Team made the assignments official today

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Sharks assign trio to Barracuda

The San Jose Sharks officially reassigned forwards Timo Meier and Marcus Sorensen and defenseman Tim Heed to the San Jose Barracuda. Cap Friendly made note of the news yesterday but because the Sharks have made use of “Paper Transactions” it was unclear if they would get game time in at the AHL level or not. While I can’t definitively say for sure, despite my best efforts, the fact that the team made the move official today combined with the fact the players were not present at practice this morning leads me to believe all three could draw into the lineup.

For those concerned Couture was having a maintenance day.

Barracuda looking for record setting ninth straight win

The extra firepower comes at the perfect time for a Barracuda team looking for its ninth straight win. The Barracuda set the record for most wins in a row by a Sharks affiliate at the AHL level. Their opponent tonight, The Tucson Roadrunners also have something on the line: keeping pace for one of the final playoff spots in the Pacific.

They will have a hard time catching the Reign at .630 to break into the top three teams and will need to hold off the Texas Stars (.533), Stockton Head (.500), and the Bakersfield Condors (.500). The playoff format for the AHL is completely divisional so the top four teams in each division will playoff in the first round with no wildcard. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. tonight at SAP Center, with tickets still available.

A return trip is likely

While you can never be too sure about these things, I would expect at least Timo Meier and Tim Heed to return to the Sharks for tomorrow’s game against the Florida Panthers. I can’t say with any confidence that Sorensen will be called back up. This isn’t because he has not performed well or anything of that nature. In fact, in the limited action, I thought he acclimated himself well. The fact is we have seen a rotating cast of characters who have taken that spot as the seventh forward this year.

With Joonas Donskoi likely out until after the bye week the Sharks will have to call up someone. Does Sorensen, Ryan Carpenter or Barclay Goodrow return or does Nikolay Goldobin get his long overdue call-up? We will likely know better tomorrow morning.