While the alterations actually haven’t been as drastic as I originally expected, it’s still been a summer of considerable change for the San Jose Sharks franchise. The team let Evgeni Nabokov take a lucrative contract with the KHL after 10 years as their No. 1 goalie. Rob Blake retired. Role player and faceoff expert Manny Malhotra departed for more money with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Sharks lost another crucial piece of the franchise, but in today’s case, it was in the front office. The team released news that long-time president and CEO Greg Jamison will step away from his position. Here is an excerpt from the team’s press release.
Long-time San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison announced today he has decided to step away from his position and the day-to-day operations of the highly-successful and well-respected National Hockey League franchise on Oct. 1. The process of finding a replacement will begin shortly.
Moving forward, Jamison will continue to be involved with the franchise. He remains a member of the ownership group and serves as the franchise’s Governor to the NHL as well as on the League’s ten-person Executive Committee, a position he was elected to by the NHL’s Board of Governors in 2007. In addition, he will remain active in his position as president of the Sharks Foundation.
Named as president in 1996, Jamison, 60, has overseen the day-to-day business operations for the Sharks and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E). Under his guidance, the organization has grown into one of the most respected in all of sports, building a strong and talented front office and executive team.
The Sharks certainly have come a long way since ’96. Even the most cynical, playoff-focused pessimist would probably admit that much.
While you cannot lay all of that success at Jamison’s feet, successful teams often develop from the top down. If the Sharks want to build on the momentum they’ve developed over the last 15 years or so, they’ll need to maintain the front office competence they’ve developed over the years.
With training camp and the preseason now in full swing, it appears the Bruins are bringing in a veteran blue liner — at least on a professional tryout.
On Friday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that unrestricted free agent blue liner Christian Ehrhoff is about to join Boston on a PTO following his showing at the World Cup of Hockey.
In six games with Team Europe, Ehrhoff had three assists — all at even strength — and nine shots on goal.
Ehrhoff is now 34 years old, and the Bruins already have a pair of seasoned defenders in Zdeno Chara (39 years old) and John-Michael Liles (35 years old) on their roster. Adam McQuaid turns 30 years old in October.
He was most productive during two seasons in Vancouver, a puck-moving defenseman that could effectively skate the puck out of trouble and move the attack that way if need be. But that was from 2009 to 2011. His production has dipped, especially over the last three years.
He was also pivotal to Vancouver’s power play, especially in 2011 when the Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy and made it to the Stanley Cup Final — against Boston.
Again, that was five years ago.
Lehner (forearm contusion) to miss preseason game versus Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs play the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. But No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews won’t be in the lineup, according to multiple reports.
“Sooner or later, he’s going to get in, but not tonight,” said assistant coach Jim Hiller, as per the Toronto Sun.
“The lineups are day by day. They (World Cup players such as Matthews, Milan Michalek, Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk) went through a solid three weeks. It’s a little break, a little down time. There are tons of games coming. They’ll get a lot of ice time. They’ll get in shortly.”
(The report also notes that Matthews is not dealing with a health issue, which is obviously good news for the Leafs.)
Matthews played for Team North America at the World Cup held in Toronto. He had two goals and three points in three round robin games, but the young North American team was unable to advance to the semifinal round.
The Maple Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens at home on Sunday.
McLellan: Maroon’s lower-body injury not considered serious
It appears Patrick Maroon‘s injury from Wednesday’s preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks looked worse than it is.
The Edmonton Oilers forward was in obvious pain immediately after he went hard into the boards from an awkward hit delivered by James Sheppard just past the midway point of the third period. Maroon needed help to the bench and was unable to put much, if any, pressure on his left leg.