San Jose Sharks

As Doan vents, Maloney says ‘we’re not in the Girl Scout business’

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Earlier today, Brough wrote about Arizona captain Shane Doan being less than thrilled with his team’s deadline moves, saying a rebuild “was not my idea,” and “not my ideal situation.”

Today, Coyotes GM Don Maloney offered his take on things.

“I get it, I understand it, but we’re not in the Girl Scout business,” Maloney said, per Arizona Sports. “We’re in the business of winning. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we’re getting paid.

“Shane’s a pro, he’ll get through it, he’ll understand it when he sees where this can take us.”

Maloney said that Doan was “shaken” by the Keith Yandle trade, adding “it hit him hard.” The two had been together in Arizona for the last nine years and while many — Doan included — figured pending UFAs Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek would be out the door, moving Yandle wasn’t a given; he’s under contract for one more season and, at just 28 years old, could’ve been part of Arizona’s rebuild if he chose to re-sign.

But Yandle and Vermette and Michalek are all now gone, leaving Doan as one of the few left standing. To put it in perspective, eight of the key veterans from Arizona’s run to the 2012 Western Conference Final — Yandle, Vermette, Michalek, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Daymond Langkow, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesla — are no longer with the team.

Maloney acknowledged all of this is tough on Doan, but said it shouldn’t prevent him from providing leadership during what promises to be some trying times.

“We still need leadership and how we’re going to play in this organization, but you can’t deny that he was pretty shook up the last couple days seeing very good friends and teammates that had survived the ‘war’, so to speak, over the last four or five years here,” Maloney explained. “To see them head out the door, it was tough for him.”

Yandle ‘can’t find a weak flaw’ in Rangers’ lineup

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Keith Yandle is a big fan of the New York Rangers.

Which is nice for him, because he’s on them now.

“If you just look at the back end out, the Rangers are as strong as any team,” Yandle said yesterday, per NHL.com. “They are fast up front, have tons of speed and skill, and the goaltending is best in the league. I can’t find a weak flaw in the lineup so it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.”

Traded Sunday from Arizona, the 28-year-old joined a blue line that was already strong before his arrival. Last night in his Rangers debut, a 4-1 win over Nashville, he was paired with Kevin Klein. The other two pairings had Ryan McDonagh with Dan Girardi and Marc Staal with Dan Boyle, with all three duos offering a good mix of offensive ability and defensive responsibility.

If we absolutely had to identify a potential weakness in the Rangers’ lineup, maybe it’s down the middle, where the Rangers are good (Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore, James Sheppard) but not great.

Otherwise, it’s hard to argue too vehemently with Yandle’s assessment.

Goalie nods: Markstrom makes season debut for Canucks

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Vancouver goes with Markstrom

There’ll be plenty of eyes on the crease in Vancouver tonight as Jacob Markstrom makes his season debut against the Sharks.

Markstrom, a former touted prospect with Florida that came to the Canucks as part of the Roberto Luongo trade, has spent all of this season in AHL Utica and revived his career, going 17-7-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .932 save percentage, earning a spot in the All-Star Game.

Markstrom was recalled last week after Ryan Miller went down to injury, and served as Eddie Lack’s backup. Tonight, he’ll play in his first NHL game since April of 2014.

No word yet on who’ll start for San Jose. Alex Stalock played last night and shut out the Habs, so the Sharks could turn to Antti Niemi.

Elsewhere…

Preds at Devils: Carter Hutton (probable) vs. Cory Schneider

Flames at Flyers: Karri Ramo vs. Steve Mason

Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Sabres at Bolts: Anders Lindback vs. Ben Bishop

Leafs at Panthers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Roberto Luongo

Sens at Wild: Andrew Hammond vs. Devan Dubnyk (probable)

Isles at Stars: Jaroslav Halak vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)

Ducks at Coyotes: Frederik Andersen (probable) vs. Mike Smith

Kings at Oilers: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Ben Scrivens (probable)

Video: Wilson says he’ll never ask Thornton or Marleau to waive no-trade clauses

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That was Sharks GM Doug Wilson yesterday on Yahoo Sports Talk Live, saying he’s “never” asked veteran forwards Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau to waive their no-trade clauses.

And he never will.

“Players would have to come to me,” Wilson said, per CSN Bay Area. “The integrity of building that type of contract with those types of players, they would have to come to me. I’ve been very transparent on where this team is at, and where it’s going. They have a clause that’s in their contract, and I at no point have ever asked either one of them.”

The Sharks got a big win last night over Montreal and have two important games coming up against the Canucks, tonight in Vancouver and Saturday back at home.

Video: Defenseman Burns makes big save in Stalock’s shutout

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San Jose Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock turned aside 20 shots to earn his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. It was a big night for him, but defenseman Brent Burns also deserves credit for the outcome.

Midway through the third period, Burns managed to whack a shot from Montreal’s David Desharnais that was destined for the back of the net out of midair at the goal line.

Although the Sharks went 3-8-2 in February, they’re still very much in the playoff race. Getting two points against Montreal tonight helps, but they need to stay sharp in their back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday and Saturday. If the Sharks take both of those contests, then they’ll be within striking distance of not just a postseason spot, but perhaps even the second seed in the Pacific Division and the home ice advantage in the first round that comes with it.