Patrick Marleau

Sharks coach DeBoer wasn’t happy with Jarnkrok hit that preceded Haley match penalty


San Jose Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer weighed in on Micheal Haley‘s sucker punch on Calle Jarnkrok in the third period of Saturday’s game.

Haley was given a match penalty for the incident. He was hit into the boards by Jarnkrok and immediately retaliated, dropping the Nashville Predators forward with one punch as a melee ensued.

Jarnkrok was penalized for boarding on the hit.

DeBoer had an interesting take on the incident.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” he told reporters.

The Sharks have now lost six in a row, after a 7-2 defeat to the Predators. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche on Saturday, which puts San Jose into a three-way tie with Anaheim and Edmonton at 91 points for first place in the Pacific Division.

In two games this weekend versus Dallas and Nashville, the Sharks were outscored 13-3.

It gets worse.

Per CSN Bay Area, forward Logan Couture was taken to the hospital after he took a puck to the mouth and lost a tooth late in the second period.

“You can’t replace him, so it would be really tough,” said Patrick Marleau of Couture. “But if that is the case, then guys are going to have to pull up the slack. Definitely we hope he’s back sooner.”

Wild end skid at five, extend Sharks’ slump to four in odd one


The Minnesota Wild can breathe a sigh of relief after beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday, but one would hesitate to use the phrase “back to normal.”

The reason is simple enough: it was kind of a disorienting game, or at least a game defined by a dizzying stretch of scoring … and not a whole lot else.

Matt Dumba‘s 10th goal of the season was a nice one, and it stood alone in the first period. The strange stretch began with David Schlemko making it 1-1 with about two minutes remaining in the second, Martin Hanzal scoring 30 seconds later, Charlie Coyle getting a goal 15 seconds after that … and Patrick Marleau scoring the last goal of the game 15 seconds after Coyle.

Confused? So was just about everyone.

It might help to see it all in video form:

For a Wild team that couldn’t buy a win and a Sharks squad that had scored two goals in their previous three games (all regulation losses), that was a pretty weird sequence of events.

The Sharks turn around with two more road games on this road trip, including a second back-to-back set. They play five of their next six games away from home, so you have to wonder about their Pacific Division lead.

The Wild grab just their third win in March, and with six of their next eight at home (plus their final two games against the Avs and Coyotes), Minnesota has a great chance to finish the season on a high note.

Re-signing with Sharks ‘a priority’ for Vlasic


Earlier this season the San Jose Sharks managed to keep one of their top defenseman — and one of the top ones in the league —  when they re-signed Brent Burns to a massive eight-year contract extension that will run through the 2024-25 season.

Over the course of the next year they are going to have to worry doing it again with their other top defenseman, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Vlasic still has one-year remaining on his deal after this one, meaning he will be eligible to sign a new contract extension with the team after July 1.

Hearing him talk, it seems that he is eager to not only get a deal done with the Sharks, but to also sign one that will allow him to finish his career with the only team he has ever known.

“I love it here,” said Vlasic, via Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts column on Tuesday. “I’m not really a guy who wants to play for three or four teams. I like the city, I like the organization, we’re always competitive. What’s not to like? I want to play my whole career in San Jose.”

He reiterated his desire to remain with the Sharks on Tuesday.

It’s easy for Vlasic to get lost playing in Burns’ shadow because he doesn’t put up massive point totals, but he is a superb shutdown defenseman and one of the very best defensive players in hockey. Alongside Justin Braun he makes up one half of the Sharks’ shutdown pairing and has been a rock on the team’s blue line since he was a 19-year-old rookie. What makes him so valuable is that he is a reliable defensive player that also has the ability to move the puck and chip in some offense. He’s not a “defensive defenseman” whose only skill is the ability to throw his body in front of shots. He can make plays with the puck, too, and that combination makes him one of the most well-rounded — and at times underappreciated — defensemen in the league.

At 29 he is still at a point in his career where he should have several quality years in front of him so a long-term deal shouldn’t come with too much of a risk.

Given the impending free agency of veteran forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, as well as the opportunity to work out a new deal with Vlasic, the Sharks are looking at a pretty big offseason when it comes to their core.

Once Burns’ new deal kicks in next year the Sharks will already have close to $55 million committed to 15 players for the 2017-18 season.

Still got it: Patrick Marleau goes top shelf to open the scoring for Sharks


Make that 23 goals this season for the 37-year-old Patrick Marleau.

The veteran San Jose Sharks forward opened the scoring Sunday against the Dallas Stars. That’s what you get when you leave a remarkably consistent scorer all alone in the slot like that.

Marleau is now only two goals shy of his total from a year ago. It’s definitely possible for him to surpass his 48-point total from 2015-16, as well, which is interesting for a few reasons:

— His ability to remain a scoring threat certainly could bode well for San Jose as it looks to make another run toward the Stanley Cup after falling just short a year ago.

— Marleau is a pending unrestricted free agent, nearing the end of a three-year, $20 million contract, and his future in San Jose — and that of Joe Thornton as well — will be something to keep an eye on once the Sharks hit their off-season.

Jannik Hansen practices on Sharks’ top line


Jannik Hansen is starting right at the top.

At today’s Sharks practice, the speedy winger, acquired last week in a trade with the Canucks, was skating on San Jose’s top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, and Mikkel Boedker comprised the second line. Then came the trio of Joonas Donskoi, Tomas Hertl, and Melker Karlsson. And finally, on the fourth line, it was Marcus Sorensen, Chris Tierney, and Joel Ward.

That Hansen is starting on the top line should come as no surprise. The 30-year-old spent time in Vancouver with the Sedin twins on the Canucks’ top line. And if it’s not a fit with Thornton and Pavelski in San Jose, Hansen has the versatility to play further down the lineup.

Hansen is expected to make his San Jose debut tomorrow against the visiting Washington Capitals.

The Sharks also assigned forward Kevin Labanc to the AHL today.

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