Martin's first choice is to stay, but open to trade: 'I just want to play'


Martin's first choice is to stay, but open to trade: 'I just want to play'

Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wants to play hockey again, wherever that may take him.

He's only played in three NHL games all season, and has not played with the Sharks since Dec. 7. The 36-year-old played four games with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda from Dec. 12 to Dec. 17, but has not seen any game action since.

As a result, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson confirmed to reporters Sunday that he, Martin, and Martin's agent are working together "to explore options," according to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz and the Bay Area News Group's Curtis Pashelka. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman first reported on Saturday that San Jose was looking to move Martin. 

“I just want to play,” Martin said on Sunday. “It’s been a long couple months. That’s basically it. We spoke a couple times to figure out what we can do. It’s early.”

Martin will not travel with the Sharks on their upcoming three-game road trip, but told reporters his "number one choice" is to regain a regular role in San Jose. He played at least 78 games in each of the previous two seasons, and skated primarily on the team's second pairing alongside Brent Burns, before finding himself eighth on the team's depth chart this season.

Ben Hankinson, Martin's agent, reiterated to Pashelka that his client's preference is to remain with the Sharks. 

“That’s his first choice but obviously the goal is to play somewhere and help a team win in the NHL. Now we’re going down that path and trying to find a team," Hankinson told Pashelka. "[Martin] wants to play and he’d love to win.”

When could a deal happen? "The sooner the better," Hankinson told Kurz, but he said it may take time for Martin's options to develop. 

San Jose will have time to let that happen, after a pair of transactions. Fellow blueliner Dylan DeMelo was activated from injured reserve on Sunday, and the Sharks loaned winger Marcus Sorensen to the Barracuda in a corresponding move. 

Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline


Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline


SAN JOSE --Brent Burns and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday for their third win in four games.

Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost their sixth in seven games. Anders Nilsson made 40 stops.

Boedker scored at 8:41 of the first period, picking up a soft rebound from Tierney's shot.

Burns scored his 10th goal, tops among NHL defensemen, taking a pass from Joakim Ryan and sending a laser shot into the net just under five minutes into the second.

Sorensen scored his first goal since Dec. 23, punching it in with an assist from Justin Braun at 3:06 into the third. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist in his third straight game, getting the second assist on Sorensen's goal.

Sedin scored at 6:43, taking a nice pass from Thomas Vanek that gave him clear shot into the net. It was Sedin's 14th goal, one shy of his total last season.

Tierney made it 4-1 after taking a nice pass from Burns with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

NOTES:Tim Heed was recalled from the AHL and joined a makeshift Sharks lineup, allowing Burns to play up front at times. ... Sharks C Logan Couture has points in four of his last five games. ... Boedker recorded games in consecutive games for the second time this season, and the first since Jan. 15-16. ... Sedin has five points against the Sharks this season and 45 in 69 games. He's recorded points in three straight.


Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.

Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'


Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'

Fans of the original set of San Jose Sharks logos can rejoice: The fin is coming back in a yet-to-be-announced capacity. 

The original secondary logo, a gray fin atop a teal background enclosed by a black circle, "will start showing back up again in a special surprise appearance next year," Sharks co-president Jonathan Becher told NBC Sports California in an interview with Brodie Brazil and alongside co-president John Tortora on Sharks Pregame Live. The logo appeared as a shoulder patch on the team's home and away jerseys from 1991-98, and on its black alternate jersey from 2001-07.

Becher did not elaborate what form that 'special surprise appearance' will take, but it's possible it will appear on an alternate jersey. In Adidas' first season as the league's jersey manufacturer, no teams have alternate jerseys this year, aside from the teams that played in the league's various outdoor games. 

That's reportedly set to change next season. 24-26 teams will have alternate jerseys, the league told Greg Wyshynski in June, and some teams will utilize previous designs. The Sharks wore a version of their original teal jersey as a 25th anniversary alternate during the 2015-16 season -- perhaps it will return next season? 

Becher also told NBC Sports California that the team's newest alternate logo, the 'yelling shark' featured on the shoulders of their current teal jerseys, will begin making more appearances. It will not replace the current logo, Becher said.