The Sharks training camp roster has been announced. Highlights include Vlasic being paired with Demers, Nichol with Mayers and McLaren, and Little Joe with Heatley and Marleau. Also, as SharksFanEst.1994 pointed out, Greiss and Niemi are on the same squad. Awwwwwkward.
Ryan Pinder, play by play voice for the Penticton Vees and friend of FTF, wrote a great article about the Sharks' two German defensive prospects. Check it out.
NBC's Pro Hockey Talk got a bunch of us together to preview the upcoming battles that will occur in training camp during next week. Of course I sent my portion in yesterday (i.e. before Lilja was announced to be coming into camp), but you can still get the gist of everything.
After declining a try-out with his former team the Detroit Red Wings just a few days ago, Andreas Lilja has accepted a try-out with the San Jose Sharks per his agent Todd Diamond. Via the Sharks website: "The Sharks are bringing in defenseman Andreas Lilja as a tryout player for training camp. Lilja spent the past five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan is very familiar with him from his time as an assistant coach in the Motor City. 'He’s going to make it a more competitive camp because he’s a veteran player,' said McLellan. 'He is familiar with the coaching staff and our system because it is similar to what he came from. Once camp starts, he is like any other player and his play will dictate whether he (gets a contract).'"
"Marc Staal has agreed to terms with NYR. Five years, $3.975M per year. Done deal."http://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie
FTF Fantasy Hockey is going to be open later this week, so keep your eyes peeled. Currently trying to round up email addresses of people who did well in our top league last year-- sort of like a European soccer style type deal, where the bottom players are demoted if they don't do well etc. At any rate, look for the announcement to come on Thursday morning.
Basically if your planning on going on a weekend, get there early.
Matt Reitz of View From My Seats put together a blogger roundtable on the Pacific Division today. It's a very good read, especially to get a feel for what other teams are thinking headed into the season. And I wrote the Sharks stuff, so there's that.
It's official. Luongo is no longer the Captain of the Canucks. I'm a big goalie fan, for sure, but I can't help but think this will help Vanc, as Goalies, in general, aren't usually considered to be the best set of eyes for the "C."