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NHL, NHLPA to meet again on Tuesday

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NHL, NHLPA to meet again on Tuesday

According to multiple reports, the NHL and NHLPA will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to move the stalled collective bargaining negotiations forward.

The meeting will take place in Toronto.

The date of the meeting will come on the one-month anniversary of the start of lockout, which went into effect at midnight EST on Sep. 15. Since that time, the league has been forced to cancel the entire preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season through Oct. 24 (82 games in all). Further cancellations of could come as soon as this week.

According to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the NHL has already lost 240 million in revenue. Players were set to receive their first of 13 paychecks on Oct. 15, too, so the lockout is getting costlier for both sides by the day.

The league would prefer the players association make another proposal, something it hasnt done since Sep. 12. On Sunday, Daly told CSNPhilly.com why the league is reluctant to make the next move.

Just the concern that the union will do what its done with our last two offers -- pocket them and ask for more -- which could only lengthen the process, not shorten it, Daly replied in an e-mail.

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That doesn't mean we plan to take the sticks and puck and go home until the PA is ready to engage.

We will continue to analyze the situation every day and make decisions that we think are most likely to result in an agreement being reached as soon as possible.

Just because it hasnt made any offers, the unions Steve Fehr said that doesnt necessarily mean the NHLPA isnt open to discussions.

They have an idea where our head is at and maybe we have a good idea where their head is at, Fehr told CSNPhilly.com. Whether an offer is on the table or off the table wont make as much difference.

The key economic issues remain. The players would like their current contracts to be paid in full, while the NHL is seeking an immediate salary rollback and an increased percentage of hockey-related revenue from the 57 percent the players received at the end of the previous CBA.

Whether or not they make progress on that issue will determine when or if there is NHL hockey this season.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks were set to begin the home portion of their schedule on Monday against the New York Rangers. The Sharks would have opened the season in Anaheim against the Ducks last Friday.

Instead, only a few Sharks players actually remain in the Bay Area, including Dan Boyle, Ryane Clowe, Brad Stuart, Thomas Greiss and Patrick Marleau.

Several Sharks players nine in all have signed on with teams overseas while the lockout persists. They include Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (Switzerland); Jason Demers, Antti Niemi and Tommy Wingels (Finland); Michal Handzus (Slovakia); Douglas Murray (Sweden); Joe Pavelski (Belarus); and TJ Galiardi (Germany).

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

BOX SCORE

NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

As Joakim Ryan returns home, Sharks reunite with a former top prospect

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As Joakim Ryan returns home, Sharks reunite with a former top prospect

When Joakim Ryan suits up in his first NHL road game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night, he’ll do so in a familiar place.

Ryan, a New Jersey-born Swede, played for the Devils’ youth program and nearby Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in high school. In fact, he’s already played at the Prudential Center, skating in the state championship game with CBA in 2009.

He’s not the only one due for something of a homecoming, as the Sharks may see a familiar face line up on the opposing blueline.

This is the Sharks’ first matchup against New Jersey since trading 2013 first round pick Mirco Mueller ahead of June’s Expansion Draft. Mueller was once considered the future on the San Jose blueline, a smooth-skating defenseman with size to boot.

The Swiss defender never fulfilled his potential, in part because his development was rushed from the start. He made the NHL roster as a rookie in 2014-15, almost by default. Other than Marc-Edouard Vlasic, the only defensemen ahead of him on left side of the depth chart were a far past-his-prime Scott Hannan and regular scratch Matt Irwin. Such was the nature of the Sharks’ “step back” that year.

Mueller finally got regular playing time, albeit in the minors, during his second professional season. By then, he was pushed down the organizational depth chart by the team’s acquisitions of Brenden Dillon and Roman Polak, and the development of Dylan DeMelo. David Schlemko’s signing last summer kept Mueller there for most of 2016-17, but it was Ryan and Tim Heed that ensured Mueller’s NHL future would lie elsewhere. The Swedes surpassed him, and emerged as perhaps the AHL’s best defensive pair in the process.

It’s fitting, then, that Ryan and Heed will be in the lineup tonight, and Mueller may not, as the fresh start he needed hasn’t quite panned out. He’s averaging a career-high 18:44 in ice time, but has been scratched in three of New Jersey’s seven games, including Thursday night’s overtime win in Ottawa.

So Ryan comes home to New Jersey under much happier circumstances than Mueller will reunite with the Sharks. One prodigal son returns, and the other is simply trying to save face.

It’s still early in his Devils tenure, of course, and Mueller may yet emerge as a regular on the New Jersey blueline. His Sharks reunion, though, will serve as a reminder of what once was, what could have been, and what is now San Jose’s future on defense.