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Sharks say no players have coronavirus symptoms, been tested yet

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Sharks say no players have coronavirus symptoms, been tested yet

No Sharks players have shown any symptoms of the coronavirus and none have been tested as a result, San Jose general manager Doug Wilson told Bay Area News Group's Curtis Pashelka on Saturday.

Wilson issued his statement hours after the Ottawa Senators announced a second player tested positive for COVID-19. That player, according to the Senators, traveled on the team's road trip through California that included a game at SAP Center in San Jose on March 7. The Senators also played the Anaheim Ducks on March 10 at Honda Center and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 11.

Ottawa aid 52 people traveled on the trip to California, and eight have been tested so far. The team is awaiting results from tests conducted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, they said in a statement.

The Senators confirmed Tuesday that one player had tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the league's first confirmed case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said coronavirus symptoms can manifest anywhere between two days and two weeks after exposure, and the Senators said every person who traveled to California has been self-quarantining since March 13.

California currently has the third-most confirmed cases in the United States (1,266), according to the CDC, state officials and NBC News reporting. The Sharks announced on March 12 that a part-time SAP Center employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee worked a March 3 game, two days before the Santa Clara County public health department recommended postponing mass gatherings.

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The Sharks played the Minnesota Wild on March 5, the Senators on March 7 and the Colorado Avalanche on March 8. Santa Clara County officially barred gatherings of 1,000-plus people on March 9, and the team said they were prepared for their remaining March home games to be played in an empty SAP Center. The NHL officially suspended its season on March 12, a day after the NBA did the same when Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

The league ordered its players to self-quarantine through March 27. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all 40 million of its citizens to indefinitely shelter in place Thursday, days after multiple counties in the Bay Area had issued similar orders.

Sharks' Erik Karlsson adjusting well to new fatherhood amid NHL hiatus

Sharks' Erik Karlsson adjusting well to new fatherhood amid NHL hiatus

The last six months have been hectic for Sharks star Erik Karlsson.
 
It's not just the uphill hockey season, and thumb surgery, and the suspension of all sports in general. But it's also becoming a dad, and getting really good at … diapers.
 
“I can’t say that I’m a pro at it,” Karlsson joked. “Although I do change the diapers at night in the complete dark, and that can be a little tricky at times.”
 
Erik missed the first Sharks game of the season to be with his wife, Melinda, for the birth of their daughter, Harlow Rain. Now that hockey sits idle, the defenseman is substituting line changes with teammates for diaper changes with his daughter.
 
“I’m a little bit more of a risk-taker,” Karlsson said about his strategy. “I do believe if the diaper is full and she’s done, then she’s done.”
 
He also reaffirmed what every parent quickly learns: "No. 1s" are much easier to handle than "No. 2s."
 
“It depends what type of No. 2, too,” Karlsson said. “Some are easier than others.”
 
Fatherhood of six months already has made Karlsson realize he’s changed.
 
“My patience, especially is a lot better, and the uncertainty of things,” Karlsson shared. “Not being able to plan as much ahead as you could before.”
 
Fortunately, Karlsson's left thumb has recovered well since the injury and required surgery in mid-February. Meaning he’s not limited in dad duties this summer.
 
“That’s been great. It was one of the things I didn’t really worry about to begin with, and I’m definitely not worried about it right now,” Karlsson explained. “If the season would have been on, I probably could have played a couple weeks ago.”

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This means the Norris Trophy winner should have no problem defending 2-on-1s next season, just like he’s defending “twos” and “ones” this summer.
 
“At first, it made you gag sometimes," Karlsson said, "and now it doesn’t even faze me really.”

Sharks' Mario Ferraro reveals lesson learned in whirlwind rookie year

Sharks' Mario Ferraro reveals lesson learned in whirlwind rookie year

Mario Ferraro has surpassed the wildest of expectations in his rookie season with the Sharks, and it hasn't exactly been an uneventful one.

Since making the jump straight from college to the pros, the 21-year-old defenseman has witnessed a mid-season coaching change, the acquisition and eventual trading of a franchise legend, a seemingly endless string of serious injuries to roster cornerstones and -- oh yeah -- an indefinite pause of the NHL season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Not exactly your average rookie year.

Technically, Ferraro's rookie season hasn't come to an end -- at least not yet. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that there currently is too much uncertainty for the league to be able to determine when the season might be able to resume, though he hopes to "know more by the end of April." In any case, even if San Jose was able to play out its remaining games, there are only 12 left. Considering the Sharks fell to the absolute bottom of the NHL standings right before the season was paused, an additional playoff run is entirely out of the question.

So, for all intents and purposes, we can't really consider Ferraro a rookie anymore. He has 61 career NHL games under his belt, so, really, that has been the case for a while.

Ferraro flew back to Toronto shortly before the Bay Area's shelter-in-place orders went into effect, and has been doing his best to stay in shape while living at his parents' house. In a recent discussion with NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil, he described an important lesson that was crucial to his development as a rookie.

"I think one small thing that's actually not small at all when you really look at it," Ferraro said, "is just preparation and that mentality of staying even-keel the whole year. What I mean by that is not getting too high on the highs or too low on the lows. You have so many games and so many important games that if you have a good game one night, you better forget about it because you gotta do the same thing the next night. Or, vice versa, if you play poorly, you really gotta forget about it and bounce back strong.

"And it's not just from game to game -- it's from shift to shift. You're playing in a league that has really fast players, strong players. You can get exposed, and it's going to happen. People are going to make mistakes. I'm a defenseman, so I feel like you're more bound to make mistakes ... they're more glaringly obvious. From a mental perspective, you really have to learn to just kind of say, OK, it happened. Move on. Let's get back to my game and play hard."

While Ferraro is correct that no player is exempt from making mistakes, he didn't have too many glaring errors throughout his first season in the NHL -- or at least, he did a good job covering them up. He earned the trust of the coaching staff and was rewarded with additional opportunities, which he proved capable of handling. Over the last eight games before the season was paused, Ferraro averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per night.

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In terms of mentors on the team, Ferraro specifically mentioned fellow defenseman Brent Burns as someone who has been tremendously helpful to him. And like seemingly everyone else in that locker room, Ferraro is a big fan of Joe Thornton. But ultimately, it has been a team effort in supporting Ferraro throughout his rookie year. It takes a village, after all.

"Nobody's counted out on this team," Ferraro explained. "They're all great guys. They've all taught me a ton this year, and we're really close. It has been a good learning curve for me."

While we're all focused on flattening the curve, it has long been evident that -- as a rookie -- Ferraro's wasn't very steep.