Sharks GM Doug Wilson confirms Patrick Marleau won't sign in San Jose

Sharks GM Doug Wilson confirms Patrick Marleau won't sign in San Jose

When Patrick Marleau's agent told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday that the former Sharks captain doesn't fit into San Jose's plans right now, some brushed off the news as a player's rep simply doing his job in trying to rile up interest from other teams.

But when the general manager of the team at the center of the discussion confirms it in his own words, you can't brush it off any longer.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson did as much Wednesday, telling The Athletic's Kevin Kurz that the team has chosen to go in a different, more youthful direction.

"We feel that we have one of the strongest groups of young players that we have ever had, knocking on the door, and we have promised them that same opportunity to show they deserve a spot," Wilson explained. “This takes nothing away from what Patrick accomplished here as a player and as a man. He will always be a San Jose Shark, no matter where he goes.

“But the team is at a different place right now and is continuing to evolve. We owe it to the players who have put the time in preparing for their opportunity to show what they can do."

In explaining his reasoning, Wilson compared the Sharks' current state to that of when Marleau departed San Jose for Toronto in free agency two years ago, which created opportunities for younger players such as Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc. Those players benefitted from those opportunities and have become a part of the Sharks' core. Clearly, after losing captain Joe Pavelski to the Dallas Stars, Wilson is hoping the decision to opt for youth will result similarly this time around.

With confirmation that the Sharks won't sign Marleau, their roster isn't any more finalized, but we can start to more accurately zero in on how they will fill it out. 

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At some point before the start of training camp on Sept. 13, Joe Thornton is expected to sign a short-term contract extension, which will fill a big hole in the middle. But as you look down the roster, it isn't exactly loaded with established wingers on the right side, outside of Labanc.

Certainly, Wilson is counting on some of the younger players to fill those spots, but Kurz also mentioned the possibility of a late-offseason acquisition, depending on how the restricted free-agent market resolves itself.

As of now, there still remains plenty of mystery as to how the Sharks will fill out the remainder of their roster. But one thing is clear: It won't involve Marleau.

Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'


Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'

Just over a year after losing their daughter during pregnancy, Sharks forward Evander Kane and his wife, Anna, welcomed another daughter into the world.

The Kanes announced the birth of their daughter, Kensington Ava, on Thursday on social media. Evander Kane said his daughter was born on July 3. 

"My wife Anna is a rockstar, the strength and love she has displayed over the last 18 months," Kane wrote on Twitter. "We want to thank everyone who has reached out during this period in support of our family and (we) appreciate the kind words throughout this journey. I'm so proud of my daughter, it's tough to put into words how much she means to me."

Kane thanked the Sharks, their fans, his friends and family "for their overwhelming love" during a difficult time. Last March, Kane announced that their daughter, Eva, passed away 26 weeks into Anna's pregnancy.

"You gave us all, especially your mom and I, something to be excited about," Kane wrote of Eva on Twitter on March 14, 2019. "And though we are devastated that you couldn't stay with us longer, your mom and I will always cherish the time we had with your beautiful soul. Your spirit will give us strength, your love will give us comfort. We will love you forever."

The Sharks, San Jose teammate Mario Ferraro and Hockey Diversity Alliance co-founder Akim Aliu all commented on Kane's Instagram post on Thursday.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Tomas Hertl has a huge year ahead of him. As he returns from ACL and MCL surgery, he and his wife Aneta are expecting the birth of their first child in November.

Sharks fans everywhere can't wait for No. 48 to get back on the ice. But how did he pick that number? It’s quite simple.

“They give it to me,” he wrote in a recent NHLPA questionnaire.

Enough said.

But before Hertl was the Sharks’ All-Star center, he had other aspirations.

Believe it or not, he wrote in the questionnaire that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. But he was born to play hockey.

His dad, Jaroslav, during the winter in his native in Prague, would create nets (measuring the perfect size) on the frozen ponds near where he lived. Hertl’s dad would even kick off skaters if they were recreationally using the area where he wanted to play hockey.

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As much as Hertl could have thrived as an architect, his career as a hockey star was destined.