Ex-Shark Roenick rips Marleau -- again


Ex-Shark Roenick rips Marleau -- again

Jeremy Roenick is scared to death for the San Jose Sharks.

The former Sharks forward and 20-year NHL vet-turned-analyst took to his blog on to voice his frustrations with the Sharks, and with a common target of his -- Patrick Marleau.

After touching upon San Joses recent struggles, and suggesting the Sharks top players need to step up their play, Roenick turned his attention to Marleau:

I talked about looking for the superstars to step up, so in San Jose I'm looking at Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. You're not going to get any consistency out of Patrick Marleau because he can't find it in him to get angry, mad, ticked off enough to help lead this team out of the doldrums. Right now I'd be scared. I'd be mad. I'd be huffing like a raging bull right now. I'm not sure that Patrick Marleau can do that. I don't know if he has it in him to bring this team into the playoffs. I'd like to see him get angry, show some passion.

Roenick, of course, labeled Marleau as gutless during the Sharks second round series against the Red Wings. Marleau scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of that series, helping the Sharks to the Western Conference final.

Curtis and Ami Brown give back to families dealing with loss of a child

Curtis and Ami Brown give back to families dealing with loss of a child

Two years after losing four-month old daughter Aubri to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), former Sharks forward Curtis Brown and his wife Ami founded the Aubri Brown Club in 2007, in order to help families dealing with the sudden loss of a child. 

“We just found that experiencing our own loss, we saw ways that some weren’t being supported," Brown, who is currently a Sharks analyst with NBC Sports California, said Monday. "And that’s essentially why we raise money and awareness: To try to be there, ready and able to help families when they need us.” 

Brown told his friend Jonathan Smith, who had philanthropic experience, his "hopes and dreams" for the foundation. Smith pledged to help, and founded the "It's Not About The Golf" tournament, which just held its ninth annual fundraiser at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links on Monday.

The event, which featured a golf tournament during the day and a live auction later that night, included over 200 golfers and raised over $200,000, Brown told NBC Sports California on Tuesday. That's a far cry from the first one which "barely could fill 18 holes" and raised between $15,000-$20,000, according to Smith.

In all, the fundraisers have raised a total of $2 million for the Aubri Brown Club, Smith said.  The raised funds are used to cover the costs of counseling, as well as funeral and medical bills.

In the last year, the Aubri Brown Club supported 41 families, Ami Brown told attendees on Monday.

"Ami and Curtis went through something that not very many parents want to go through," former Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo said. "For them to step up and do this I think helps a lot of families out, and makes their loss more manageable."

Cheechoo, who played with Brown in 2004 and from 2006-08, was part of a strong San Jose contingent at the event. Sharks rookie Dylan Gambrell, ex-Sharks Douglas Murray and Owen Nolan, and San Jose broadcasters Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican, and Dan Rusanowsky also participated.

Sharks avoid arbitration, re-sign Chris Tierney to two-year deal


Sharks avoid arbitration, re-sign Chris Tierney to two-year deal

Just two days before one was scheduled, the Sharks avoided an arbitration hearing with center Chris Tierney, and re-signed the restricted free agent to a two-year deal on Wednesday, the team announced. The deal is reportedly worth just shy of $2.94 million annually, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman

"Chris had his best season as a professional last year and stepped up his level of play in multiple areas," San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We've always known he was a responsible, defensive-minded player, but he took his offensive game to the next tier and showed that he can be a productive player in all three zones. We look forward to watching him continue his evolution in 2018-19." 

Last season, the 24-year-old Tierney set career-highs in goals (17), assists (23), points (40), shots on goal (118), and ice time (16:00). Tierney also generated expected goals at the highest rate of his career (0.62 per hour), according to Corsica Hockey. 

A 2012 second-round pick, Tierney entered last season in an uncertain place. He signed his one-year, $735,000 qualifying offer last summer, and head coach Peter DeBoer challenged him to improve. 

“I came into the year wanting to prove a point. I believe in myself. I think I’m a good hockey player,” Tierney told the San Jose Mercury News in December. “I wanted to come in and show people that I could play an offensive role on the team.”  

DeBoer used Tierney slightly differently this season, as the forward started a career-high percentage of five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone (31.12 percent) and a career-low percentage of defensive zone starts (29.68 percent), per Corsica Hockey. Tierney responded in kind with his aforementioned career-best offensive numbers, and seized the third-line center role after versatile forward Tomas Hertl stayed on the wing.  

With Tierney back in the fold, the Sharks now have just under $4.4 million in salary cap space, according to CapFriendly. That’s for a roster carrying 14 forwards, seven defenseman, and two goaltenders, and San Jose’s actual cap space may change depending on the outcome of various positional battles in training camp. 

This summer, Tierney became the fourth Sharks player since 2008 to file for arbitration. In every case, including with Tierney on Wednesday, a settlement was reached prior to a hearing. 

The Sharks also signed a pair of prospects to entry-level contracts on Wednesday. Defenseman Ryan Merkley, San Jose’s first-round pick this June, and 21-year-old forward Alexander True, who scored 28 points in 68 games with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda last season, both inked deals with the organization.