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Scratched against Sharks, Canucks want Goldobin to be 'more engaged'

Scratched against Sharks, Canucks want Goldobin to be 'more engaged'

The Nikolay Goldobin era in Vancouver got off to a flying start, when the former first round draft pick of the Sharks scored in his Canucks debut on a breakaway on March 4 against the Kings.

Nothing much has happened for the 21-year-old since then, though. Goldobin is scoreless in his last nine games with Vancouver, missing some time due to illness, and was a healthy scratch against his former organization on Sunday at Rogers Arena. That’s despite the Canucks dealing with a number of injuries and icing a weak lineup that the Sharks took advantage of in a 3-1 win.

Just like in his few games with the Sharks, Goldobin’s ice time has been limited with Vancouver. He’s averaging just over 10 minutes per game with the Canucks.

His compete level, an issue with the Sharks and AHL Barracuda, was seemingly questioned by his newest head coach, too.

“I think he needs to prove he’s going to go hard at this level. He’s got to go hard. It’s a two-way street,” Willie Desjardins told the Vancouver Province.

Desjardins was asked if he was sending a message to Goldobin.

“I’m not sending a huge message,” Willie said. “He’s a skilled player. You have to get your skill working hard and I don’t think he worked hard quite enough last game.”

Friend of the show Jason Brough, of NBC’s ProHockeyTalk, recently suggested that Goldobin is better off playing with Utica, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate. Would he be better suited there?

“He’s played time in the AHL. It would be different if he hadn’t played there. He knows the AHL,” Desjardins said.

“We just have to get him more engaged.”

The Canucks visit the Sharks on Tuesday in the second of a back-to-back. There's no word on whether Goldobin will return to the Vancouver lineup.

Goldobin, the 27th overall pick in the 2014 draft, was traded to Vancouver on Feb. 28 along with a conditional fourth round pick in 2017 for forward Jannik Hansen. The fourth round pick becomes a first round pick if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup.

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

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

BOX SCORE

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.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.

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

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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.