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Looking to make the leap: Mirco Mueller


Like most things in San Jose last year, Mirco Mueller’s progression didn’t go exactly to plan.

Mueller, the 20-year-old blueliner San Jose took 18th overall in 2013, started out the year in the NHL as part of GM Doug Wilson’s “tomorrow team” movement, only to see his ice time dwindle by early December.

From there, he was loaned to Team Switzerland for the World Juniors and, upon returning, was shuffled back and forth between San Jose and the club’s AHL affiliate in Worcester, before a thumb injury in late March ended his year.

All told, Mueller appeared in just 39 games for the Sharks, three for Worcester and six for Switzerland — not a ton of hockey for a youngster that needs all the reps he can get.

Which begs the question — where will he get them this year?

On paper, Mueller appears to be part of the club’s six-man defensive unit, along with Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun, Brenden Dillon and newly acquired Paul Martin. But the Swiss rearguard will have some pretty heady competition for that spot, particularly in the form of Matt Tennyson, who appeared in a career-high 27 games last year, and Dylan DeMelo,  a 22-year-old prospect who, according to AHL bench boss Roy Sommer, is ready to make the leap himself.

Speaking of the American League, it could end up being the place where Mueller starts this season.

There were worries San Jose rushed him to the NHL last year and it’s important to remember that, of all the d-men taken in the first round in ’13, only Seth Jones and Rasmus Ristolainen have emerged as regulars; some have argued that Nikita Zadorov, taken two spots ahead of Mueller, was also rushed to the NHL (and has since been traded to Colorado).

What’s more, the likes of Philly’s Samuel Morin (No. 11), Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey (No. 13) and the Islanders’ Ryan Pulock (No. 15) have yet to even make their big-league debuts.

Mueller knows that, based on his age and number of players looking to stick with the Sharks, this fall’s training camp will go a long way in deciding his fate.

And he knows the challenge will be difficult.

 “It’s always competitive,” he said, per the San Jose Mercury News. “A lot of jobs are on the line.”

Sharks re-sign Tennyson, ink Micheal Haley

Micheal Haley

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed 24-year-old defenseman Matt Tennyson to a two-year deal and added some more grit to their organization by inking 28-year-old forward Micheal Haley to a one-year deal.

Tennyson got his first taste of NHL action last season, but former Western Michigan University blueliner played primarily with the AHL Worcester Sharks. At that level, Tennyson had seven goals and 21 points in 54 AHL games.

Haley played in nine games with the New York Rangers last season and has logged a total of 52 career NHL contests. He has accumulated 163 penalty minutes over the course of his brief NHL career and he gets into a similar amount of trouble in the minors.

“Micheal plays with an edge and competes hard on every shift,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, per the team’s website. “His hard-working, physical game brings a different dimension that teams have to account for, and he is a great teammate that will mesh well with our organization.”


Sharks bring back Hannan: one-year, $1 million

Sharks will play without Demers (lower body) on Monday


The San Jose Sharks face some lineup questions for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but at least they know that Jason Demers can’t go because of a lower-body injury.

Beyond that, CSNBayArea.com lays out a few scenarios.

  • Tyler Kennedy is questionable to return from a lower-body ailment that has sidelined him for two games. He skated on Sunday during an off day for the Sharks.
  • Head coach Todd McLellan left the door open for a number of different defensemen getting in the mix. He admitted that Matt Tennyson could make his season debut, but also wants veteran Scott Hannan to avoid rust.

“Scotty Hannan, since about the end of November, hasn’t played a lot because of injuries,” McLellan said. “We’d like to get him going on a consistent basis, and get him rolling.”

Tomorrow’s game marks the first of two meetings between the Sharks and Flyers. The two teams play in San Jose on Monday and Philadelphia after the Olympic break on Feb. 27.

Minor bits: Habs call up Beaulieu once again


Here are a few AHL recalls and demotions to distract you from stomach-turning sports injuries:

  • The Montreal Canadiens brought defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (pictured) back from the minors. Beaulieu, 21, played five games in October, one on Jan. 18 and possibly more now. Unless the Canadiens send him back down again, that is.

The 17th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft has 14 points in 32 games at the AHL level, too.

  • The Calgary Flame sent blueliner Derek Smith to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat. Smith, 29, has appeared in 14 games for the Flames this season, collecting an assist and a -10 rating. He has 94 NHL games under his belt and has been in the Flames organization since 2011-12.
  • The San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson to their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. The 23-year-old played in four games in 2012-13 but hasn’t played with the big club yet this season.

Sharks expect Havlat to open season on IR


Though his health is improving, Martin Havlat isn’t likely to be ready for the start of the season.

“Marty had that [surgery] and he’s worked really hard,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told CSN Bay Area. “He’s right on schedule, from what I’ve been told. But, to put him in a situation where he’s not ready, and at risk, makes no sense.”

Havlat, 32, underwent major groin surgery (bilateral pelvic reconstruction) in late June and, because he was recovering from injury, was ineligible to be bought out during this summer’s 48-hour compliance window.

Havlat missed seven regular season games last season with a lower-body injury, and nine playoff games with the aforementioned groin issue.

The Czech winger hurt his groin during San Jose’s opening-round series against Vancouver and tried to return for the Kings series, but lasted just a few minutes in his first game back and didn’t play again.

The situation between the Sharks and Havlat then reportedly became acrimonious, according to CSN:

In what could be perceived as a sign of frustration from the organization, Havlat was given a temporary locker stall in the Sharks’ dressing room at their practice facility between games six and seven against the Kings. To put that in perspective, AHL call-ups Freddie Hamilton, Alex Stalock, Matt Pelech and Matt Tennyson all had regular locker stalls.

In the press box for Game 7 at Staples Center, Havlat sat by himself, while the other Sharks scratches sat together on the complete opposite end in the seats set aside for visiting players.

In mid-July, San Jose GM Doug Wilson was unsure if Havlat would play for San Jose again.

“Havlat had a pretty extensive procedure done,” Wilson explained. “He is an important player to us and we missed him when he wasn’t in there. There is no timeline for a return, so I don’t have an answer for that one.”

Should the Sharks put Havlat on LTIR (long term injured reserve) to start the year, they could free up his $5 million cap hit to spend elsewhere.

That could come in handy, as a number of solid UFA veterans are currently without work.