Thursday Chum Bucket: Irwin extended

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • San Jose signed Matt Irwin, who was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $900,000 next season and $1.1 million the following year for an annual cap hit of $1 million. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Recaps of the Sharks' 4-2 win over Minnesota. [Fear The Fin] [Mercury News] [CSN Bay Area] [Bay Area Sports Guy] [] [Hockey Wilderness]
  • More coverage of the Raffi Torres trade. [Mercury News] [CSN Bay Area] [Puck Daddy]
  • And the Scott Hannan deal. [Mercury News] [CSN Bay Area] [SB Nation]
  • Fantastic piece by Mark Emmons on the development of hockey in San Jose. [Mercury News]
  • More on the epic fencing match that went down between Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dany Heatley last night. "He just swung at me and I swung at him. He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before." [Working the Corners]
  • The morning after is filled with more concern than bemusement, though, as Heatley might have seriously injured his wrist. Hopefully he's okay. [StarTrib]
  • "What happens if, after this recent five-game Shark winning streak with Clowe on the roster, the team now goes totally south and falls out of the playoff hunt without him on the roster? Even if none of it is due to Clowe's absence, it will still be where people point, as the easiest variable." Yeah, I have no idea how this makes any sense but it's a thing that exists so I'm linking to it. [Mercury News]
  • For Clowe's part, he finally scored his first (and second!) goal of the season, solely to increase the chances the Rangers make the playoffs and win two rounds so the Sharks get that extra second round pick. Thanks Ryane. [SB Nation]
  • A thorough roundup of all of yesterday's deals, including Gaborik to Columbus, Erat to Washington and Pominville to Minnesota. [LA Kings]
  • Some solid analysis of many of the deadline and Deadline Eve deals including Clowe to New York, Jagr to Boston and Bouwmeester to St. Louis. [Puck Daddy]