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PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Jets fans taunt Sharks over Thornton saga


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

During Winnipeg’s 5-2 victory over San Jose last night, Jets fans started a “Who’s your Captain” chant in light of the recent drama involving Joe Thornton and GM Doug Wilson:

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The Detroit Red Wings have some interest in re-signing trade deadline acquisition Marek Zidlicky. (

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez took another step towards return by participating in battle drills. (LA Kings Insider)

Nail Yakupov recently treated a homeless man that approached him while Yakupov was in his car to a $100 meal and then gave him the rest of the money he had on him in the hopes that the man could find a place to stay for the night. (Edmonton Journal)

Capitals coach Barry Trotz felt rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov was “our best player by a wide margin” on Monday. He’s been very effective in general lately. (CSN Washington)

Here are the highlights from the Sabres 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins:

Speaking of Boston, Jeremy Roenick interviewed Patrice Bergeron to talk about superstitions, playing in Boston, and more:

Jets reclaim wild card position with win over Sharks


Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

With the win the Jets reclaim the second wild card position in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg scored three goals on their first eight shots to chase Sharks’ starter Antti Niemi.

Adam Lowry, Mark Scheifele and Andrew Ladd gave Winnipeg a 3-0 lead by the 13:01 mark of the first period.

Wheeler now has six goals and five assists in seven games this month. He also has three game-winning goals.

Joe Pavelski had a pair of goals in the loss for the Sharks while Alex Stalock made 12 saves in relief.

The loss drops the Sharks six points back of the Jets for a playoff spot.

With the recent news surrounding former San Jose captain Joe Thornton, Jets fans at the MTS Centre decided to have a little fun Tuesday.

Ondrej Pavelec, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since November, made 38 saves in the win.

After public spat, Wilson and Thornton insist it’s all good now


Doug Wilson says it’s in the past.

Joe Thornton calls it an “old story.”

Todd McLellan actually thinks it could be “galvanizing” for his desperate club.

We are, of course, referring to last week’s public spat between Wilson, the San Jose Sharks’ general manager, and Thornton, the team’s former captain, which was the issue that set this whole thing off.

“Joe’s not going anywhere,” Wilson told reporters today in Boca Raton, adding he had a long talk with Thornton last week and that their relationship is in a “great place” now.

“I’m done talking about that,” Thornton told reporters from Winnipeg, where the Sharks have a big game tonight against the Jets.

“Let’s talk about the game if you want to talk about anything. That’s an old story.”

To be sure, the Sharks can’t afford to let anything distract them from the tall task at hand — making the playoffs. It’s estimated they’ll have to win nine or 10 of their final 13 games in order to avoid missing the postseason for the first time since 2003.

Related: Pavelec expected to start for Jets against Sharks

Owner to Thornton, Wilson: ‘What happens with Sharks, stays with Sharks’


Hockey fans don’t hear the name Hasso Plattner (pictured prominently on the right) very often, but then again, big-name players don’t usually tell their GMs to “shut their mouths” every day, either.

Things have gotten ugly enough – or really, ugly in public enough – for the San Jose Sharks’ owner to step in to squash Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton’s squabble, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Plattner used a famous Las Vegas tagline to try to cool each sides’ jets (or at least keep things in-house).

Via email, Hasso Plattner confirmed he talked to both Joe Thornton and Doug Wilson. Asked what he said, he replied, “What happens (with) the Sharks stays with the Sharks. All good.”

As Friedman notes, Thornton has a lot of power thanks to the no-trade clause on his contract, which just kicked in this season (after being inked before his last one expired in 2013-14).

It’s been quite the drama ever since the Los Angeles Kings pulled a “reverse sweep” on the Sharks, leading to Thornton being stripped of the captaincy and a summer full of strange, sometimes contradictory statements about rebuilding-or-maybe-not from Sharks management.

All this time, it seemed to be a situation that was handled by typical faces like Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan, but now Plattner becomes a more public owner than he’s been before (or at least has in recent memory). One would imagine he might not be very thrilled with that, and considering the message to focus on the playoffs … things could get messy if San Jose falls short of the postseason for the first time in many years.

Blackhawks hand Sharks a harsh defeat


The San Jose Sharks came into Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with plenty of Joe Thornton-fueled distractions. It would be tough to blame Saturday’s 6-2 loss on Thornton, though.

When he scored his very fitting goal, he tied the game up 2-2.

It stayed that way through the second period, but things really fell apart in the final frame.

The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals in that time period, generating a 17-9 shot advantage. Brandon Saad got the game winner while Patrick Sharp really made things out of reach with his second goal of the contest (his first tallies since January).

This loss was a painful one for Antti Niemi, who had been red-hot coming into today.

There wasn’t any word from the Sharks’ locker room – maybe someone was told to shut up? – but what can you really say after a loss like this?

(The distraction isn’t being blamed, if you’re wondering.)

One thing that could be said is that the Blackhawks are finding ways to win even without Patrick Kane … even if it isn’t always pretty:

There’s little denying how much this loss hurts the Sharks, too. According to Sports Club Stats, this defeat dropped San Jose’s odds of making the playoff by almost 10 percent.

Thornton, Doug Wilson and the rest of the Sharks organization may just have an uncomfortable amount of time to “talk” if they suffer more defeats like these.