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Sharks won’t re-sign Hannan or Scott, Niemi’s future uncertain


Adam Burish wasn’t the only Shark to receive his walking papers Friday — shortly after news of Burish’s buyout went public, San Jose GM Doug Wilson told reporters the club was also parting ways with veterans John Scott and Scott Hannan.

Scott, the heavyweight signed last summer to add an “element of security,” failed to make much of an impact beyond his two suspensions this season. Though he did score a career-high three goals, the 6-foot-8 enforcer appeared in just 38 games and averaged 7:27 TOI per.

Hannan, 36, was a little more of a factor, dressing for 58 games while averaging over 16 minutes a night. San Jose’s first-round pick back in 1997, Hannan was in his second tour of duty with the Sharks but became an afterthought following the trade deadline, didn’t play much, then suffered a few injuries at the tail end of the year.

As for veteran goalie Antti Niemi… well, the jury’s still out. Wilson suggested in the past he’d like to go another direction in goal, but stopped just short of cutting ties. It’s possible the Sharks will stay in contact with the Finnish netminder as a “Plan B,” should free agency not work out in their favor.

Agent: ‘No serious discussions’ between Niemi, Sharks on new deal

Antti Niemi

Sure sounds as though San Jose is ready to move on from Antti Niemi.

Niemi, the club’s starting goalie for most of the last four seasons, doesn’t appear close to a new deal, agent Markus Lehto told CSN Bay Area on Monday.


The Sharks have had “no serious discussions” with pending unrestricted free agent goalie Antti Niemi about a contract extension, his agent told CSNCalifornia.com on Monday via email.

On April 15, Niemi was asked if he’d like to return to the Sharks.

“Yeah, we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has twice declined to comment on Niemi, as well as the team’s other free agents in his media sessions after the season. Matt Irwin, John Scott and Scott Hannan all have expiring contracts as well, and all would hit the open market on July 1.

It’s long been believed the Sharks would part ways with the Finnish netminder this summer. He was a central figure in the infamous playoff collapse to Los Angeles and, at the start of this season, was thrown into an open competition with backup Alex Stalock for the No. 1 gig. Niemi didn’t win the job so much as Stalock failed to grab hold of it and, as a result, started the majority of games (61, to Stalock’s 19) — but Niemi also posted one of his lowest save percentages (.914) and highest GAAs (2.59) since joining the Sharks in 2010.

It’ll be interesting to see what San Jose does in goal moving forward. In late February, we passed along a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in which he suggested the Sharks were looking for “a 25-year-old goalie who can play a few years for them.” Shortly thereafter, they signed 24-year-old University of Wisconsin standout Joel Rumple to a one-year deal, putting him in the mix with Stalock and AHL Worcester’s Troy Grosenick to compete for minutes next season.

Based on that trio’s lack of big-league experience, though, it’s likely the Sharks will target a more proven entity in goal.

Video: Sharks thump Avalanche to keep playoff hopes alive


The San Jose Sharks are still alive in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Just barely, yes, but they’re still alive.

After both the Sharks and visiting Colorado Avalanche struggled to generate anything offensively through the first half of Wednesday’s game, San Jose erupted for four goals — two of them into an empty net — in the third period for a 5-1 victory.

The win gives San Jose 85 points, five back of the Winnipeg Jets for that final Wild Card spot in the West. In order to get into the post-season, the Sharks would have to jump over two different teams, including the L.A. Kings, in their final five games.

Even tough guy John Scott got into the act for San Jose, scoring an empty net goal for his third of the season, which sets a new single-season career best for him.

There was a scary scene in the third period, when San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face and rushed off the ice, straight toward the Sharks dressing room, clutching the left side of his face.

Video: Sharks’ Hannan struck in the face with the puck


San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan took a puck to the face in the third period and rushed off the ice toward the dressing room.

The incident occurred just to the left of the San Jose net on a clearing attempt. Hannan, 36, went straight to the dressing room holding the left side of his face.

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks desperate for wins, Penguins seek definitive end to slump

Pittsburgh Penguins v San Jose Sharks

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the San Jose Sharks at the Consol Energy Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen on hard times and while they did manage to secure a 3-2 win yesterday, it was against the lowly Coyotes. If you exclude games against Arizona, Pittsburgh hasn’t won since March 12.

“We‘re playing so bad right now, it’s true,” Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin said before the start of the Coyotes’ game, per the team’s website. “Not just one guy, it’s the whole team. The last game (Pittsburgh’s 5-2 loss to Carolina on Thursday), I think it’s the worst game of the whole season. It’s not fun to watch.”

Regardless of the opponent, a win’s a win, but tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks will be a much bigger test. The Sharks are six points behind in the playoff race with seven contests remaining, so the chances of them making the playoffs are slim, but they’re coming off back-to-back wins as they desperately try to stay in the race.

“Every win is rewarding, especially right now,” Sharks forward Joe Pavelski told CSN Bay Area. “We’re fighting and playing for wins.”

Adding to the challenge for both teams is the fact that they’re playing with depleted defenses. The San Jose Sharks lost blueliner Mirco Mueller (hand) on Thursday and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body) on Saturday. Defenseman Scott Hannan sustained a cut under his eye during Saturday’s game, but he still might end up playing tonight.

On Pittsburgh’s side, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is out with an upper-body injury while Kris Letang was hospitalized on Saturday following a hit by Shane Doan:

With a 41-23-11 record, the Penguins are tied with the New York Islanders in terms of points in the battle for the second seed in the Metropolitan Division and the first round home-ice advantage that comes with it. Pittsburgh has played in one less game than the Islanders, so they have a bit of an edge in that respect. At the same time Pittsburgh is only three points ahead of the Wild Card seed Washington Capitals, so if the Penguins’ struggles continue, they could slip significantly in the standings.