What your third line center choice for the Sharks says about you


What your third line center choice for the Sharks says about you

After going winless in their first two games, the Sharks are desperate to find some chemistry.

Head coach Peter DeBoer mixed up the lines the last two days, according to reporters. Tomas Hertl moved back to the wing, this time on the second line with Logan Couture. Chris Tierney centered the third line, and San Jose Barracuda playoff hero Ryan Carpenter centered the fourth.

So continues the revolving door at the third line center position under DeBoer. Hertl and Tierney have both spent some time there in DeBoer’s two-plus seasons behind the bench. Hertl’s got the underlying numbers, while Tierney put up points in the role during San Jose’s 2016 run to the Stanley Cup Final. The lack of a permanent solution, though, has left plenty of room for debate. 

Whether or not San Jose’s current lineup is optimal lies in the eye of you, dear reader. Your view of the whole lineup provides some insight, but your opinion on who the third line center should be says a lot about you.

Tomas Hertl

You’re analytically-inclined, and will tell anyone that will listen. And I mean anyone. You’ve brought former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie’s “Trust The Process” into your daily conversations...unironically. You’re committed to the plans you set, even if the results aren’t immediate or readily apparent. You value the journey as much as the destination, and you try not to lose sight of that. 

Chris Tierney

You tend to go with your gut, and are a big believer in the eye test. First impressions aren’t everything, but impressions in critical situations are. Homework wasn’t (or isn’t) your thing in school, but you placed (or place) supreme importance on exams and standardized tests. When you reflect on your life, you’ll look back on the highs, paying little attention to the lows. 

Ryan Carpenter/Any Other Prospect

You keep an open mind to new solutions, and don’t necessarily need a lot of information to make a decision. Whenever you go to a restaurant, you’re ordering something new off of the menu, even if the restaurant is an old standby. You’re adventurous, but sometimes, that spirit allows you to get ahead of yourself. You’ll give anyone, or anything, a chance. 

Any Center on the Trade Block

You want what you can’t have. The grass is always greener on the other side. You’re constantly keeping your resume up to date and looking up real estate listings in new cities, perpetually angling for the next move. This also means that you’re pragmatic. You don’t let emotion or attachment cloud your judgement, and are willing to cut bait when a decision doesn’t work out. 

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.