NHL admits its 'unfortunate miss' on Timo Meier's illegal hand pass


NHL admits its 'unfortunate miss' on Timo Meier's illegal hand pass

Eric The Clown said it best when George Costanza couldn't move on: "You're living in the past, man!"

The St. Louis Blues need the same message, too, after Game 3 of the Western Conference final.

After the Blues fell to the Sharks 5-4 in overtime Wednesday, the team couldn't stop complaining about what appeared to be a non-reviewable illegal hand pass by Sharks winger Timo Meier before Erik Karlsson's game-winning goal.

But it sounds like the Blues actually have plenty of reasons to be so frustrated.

“It was an unfortunate miss by our on-ice officials,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. “They were among our most highly performance-rated officials in our league this year. Mistakes happen, and I think everyone involved on both teams and with the League understand that.

"Can we create a better mousetrap to minimize either the incidence or impact of those mistakes? That’s what our competition committee, our GMs and ultimately our board will have to figure out. For now, we will turn the page and move on.”

There's no turning back now, though. The league has admitted its mistake and surely will look further into a solution in the offseason.

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The goal gave the Sharks a two-games-to-one series lead over the Blues. St. Louis now can either be stuck in the past or tie it up on their home ice Friday night.

Sharks' Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic, Martin Jones excites Randy Hahn


Sharks' Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic, Martin Jones excites Randy Hahn

It's a new era of Sharks hockey in San Jose with the departure of captain Joe Pavelski, but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about next season. 

For Randy Hahn, the voice of the Sharks, it all starts with the team's defense. Specifically, it's the trio of Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic and Martin Jones that has Hahn itching for the season to begin. 

Re-signing Karlsson was the focal point to the Sharks' offseason and San Jose's front office sealed the deal with an eight-year, $92 million contract. With new weight to his wallet, expectations have rocketed for Karlsson in Year 2 wearing teal. 

“There is huge expectations for Erik Karlsson, as there should be and as I’m sure he expects,” Hahn recently said to Blades of Teal's Quentin Thorne. “He is one of the premier players in the league, and has been especially for the last five to six years.”

Karlsson struggled with injuries during his first season with the Sharks, but he still managed to post 45 points (three goals, 42 assists) in 53 regular-season games. He recorded 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 19 playoff games, which ranked second on San Jose.

When Karlsson did play, the Sharks went 30-23 in regular-season games and 10-9 in the playoffs.

While he's not a star like Karlsson, Hahn is intrigued to see the growth of Vlasic. 

“With a guy like Marc-Edouard Vlasic, I think the goal of the Sharks is to pair him with Karlsson next season,” Hahn said. “[Vlasic] being a tremendous defensive defender in the NHL and Karlsson being a tremendous offensive defender, and the second wave of offense coming from Brent Burns.”

Rounding out the trio is the Sharks' goaltender.

Jones had a down year where he posted a career-worst .896 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average. Clearly, Hahn still believes in him. 

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“Martin Jones is an excellent goalie, I don’t think he is elite yet, but next season I think he has a chance to be,” Hahn said. “The Sharks have a lot of confidence in Martin Jones and they know how good he can be.”

The Sharks open the 2019-20 regular season in Las Vegas, and all eyes will be on their defense taking away goals from the Golden Knights. 

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion


Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion

It's official, Joe Pavelski no longer is a San Jose resident.

The former Sharks captain has sold his mansion in the affluent Willow Glen neighborhood for $3.6 million, according to The Mercury News.

The original purchase of the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house was in 2013 for $2.7 million. 

This 4,400-square-foot mansion is surrounded by redwood trees, with a front yard full of flowers and a manicured lawn. And when it comes to the background, it's the perfect lounge area ... with plenty of splashes of teal.

Pavelski bids farewell to the Bay Area after he signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Dallas Stars. 

Now he can check off one more thing from his moving to-do list.