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Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sheppard skated by himself Monday while he battles a left knee injury, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Sheppard's injury is considered to be minor at this stage, so he wouldn't seem at much risk at missing the start of the regular season. The forward is slated to fill a bottom-six role for the Sharks, after tallying four goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks have reassigned Tarasov to AHL Worcester.
Impact: Tarasov took a large step forward last year, scoring 17 goals and 14 assists through 47 games. He was a darkhorse to make the team, but may get his first look at the NHL this season if he can keep performing like he has.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeMelo was one of eight players sent to the AHL by the Sharks on Monday.
Impact: DeMelo wasn't expected to make the team out of camp, so his reassignment shouldn't come as a surprise. He's unlikely to find his way into the San Jose roster this season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks reassigned Anderson to AHL Worcester on Monday.
Impact: Anderson had a decent camp, but was never going to make the team. Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi were cemented in as the Sharks goaltenders this season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy exited practice today with an upper body injury and is considered day-to-day, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
Impact: Not sure how to read this yet as details are scant, but Kennedy's draft value is low before this injury. It's hard to trust a player who has been as inconsistent recently as Kennedy and who was benched in the playoffs.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks reassigned Tennyson to AHL Worcester on Monday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old blueliner appeared in four games with the Sharks last season, and chipped in nicely with four assists. He could get a chance at the NHL level again in 2014-15.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks reassigned Hamilton to AHL Worcester on Monday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Hamilton was productive with Worcester last season, racking up 22 goals and 21 assists in 64 games, but failed to find the score sheet in 11 NHL appearances. He'll have to wait to get a shot at the NHL this year, but the team has shown a willingness to bring give him a shot in the past, so it's reasonable to expect him to get another chance this year.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks reassigned Oleksuk to AHL Worcester on Monday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Oleksuk has yet to make his NHL debut, but had a nice year in Worcester last season, racking up 19 goals and 21 assists in 74 games. He'll head to the AHL for now, but there's a good chance he could get called up at some point in 2014-15.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture returned to practice Thursday, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Nothing to see here, as Couture was held out of Wednesday's practice for precautionary purposes after leaving early due to injury Tuesday night. As expected, Couture is fine and it doesn't sound like there's any worry about lingering issues.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture was held out of practice Wednesday due to an upper-body injury, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Couture indicated he was fine after he was removed early from Tuesday's game against the Canucks, following an awkward fall on the ice. The Sharks expect him to resume skating again Thursday, so it would seem there's nothing to see here.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday that Niemi and Alex Stalock will both receive long looks in the preseason as he aims to settle on a No. 1 goaltender heading into the Oct. 8 opener, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Niemi has been the unquestioned No. 1 for the Sharks since joining the Sharks prior to the 2010-11 season, but his grip on the gig loosened last season after he regressed to a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage over 64 starts. In the face of the 31-year-old's decline, Stalock took a huge step forward, going 12-5-2 with a 1.87 GAA, a performance that earned him more frequent starts down the stretch for the Sharks. Niemi's longer track record of success as well as his larger contract probably gives him the inside edge on claiming the gig, but he'll still need to play soundly in training camp before McLellan anoints him as the team's No. 1.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns had a goal, three shots, a hit, four blocked shots and 26:39 of playing time in one of the Sharks' split-squad preseason games against the Canucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Burns did it all, showing why he'll be a highly sought after d-man in fantasy this season. He's scoring, playing good defense and likely to log a ton of minutes. Preseason games are a little meaningless and it's dangerous to take too much from them, but Burns certainly showed why he's one of the most exciting defensemen in fantasy this season.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fedun took a team-leading six shots in one of Tuesday's split-squad preseason matches between the Sharks and Canucks.
Impact: Fedun is battling for a roster spot. He played a solid 18:52, took a penalty, and was getting involved offensively. He's starting to make the case for himself, but even if he makes the roster, he will likely have limited fantasy value.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock started one of the Sharks' split-squad games Tuesday against Vancouver. He stopped 15 of 18 shots in a 4-2 loss.
Impact: This game meant nothing and doesn't really tip the team's hand on whether it'll be Stalock or Antti Niemi in net on opening night. Subsequent nights when the team can't start both Stalock and Niemi might give us a better idea of who will be the starter.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture took a big hip check during Tuesday's split-squad matches against Vancouver during the second period. He was held out of the third period for precautionary reasons, according to CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz.
Impact: There's no reason not to trust coach Todd McLellan's assertion that Couture's removal from the game was precautionary. This game meant nothing, and there's no reason to risk anything with a star like Couture. Expect him to be fine.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton took issue Friday with general manager Doug Wilson's offseason comments about the Sharks rebuilding and becoming a "tomorrow team," reports the San Jose Mercury News. "That's Doug's opinion," said the big center. "I think if you'd ask anybody in here I don't think they have the same feeling."
Impact: There have been plenty of rumors about Wilson doing all he can to push Jumbo Joe into a place where the center either demands a trade or the situation becomes ripe to ship him out of town. There seems to be a bit of a ripple starting in San Jose -- we'll see how far it goes.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bigos was one of 11 players reassigned by the Sharks on the opening day of camp.
Impact: Bigos spent most of last season with the Sharks ECHL affiliate. He's got great size, but the Sharks bulked up this off-season and have players that fill his role higher up the depth chart. He'll report to AHL Worcester's camp.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson started in net for the first of two Sharks prospects games, allowing three goals in a loss to Anaheim.
Impact: Anderson is on the training camp roster for the Sharks, but looks like he'll be on the outside looking in this season, with Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock locks for the NHL roster.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension.
Impact: Braun emerged as one of San Jose's top defensemen last season, often drawing the most difficult matchups. He was second on the team in average time on ice per game (20:59), tied for first in short-handed ice time per game (2:11) and set career-highs for points (17), goals (4) and assists (13).
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Braun, who set career bests with 17 points, four goals, and 13 assists last season, has inked a five-year, $19 million extension with the Sharks, which will begin in the 2015-16 season.
Impact: Braun's strengths for fantasy lie in his 20:59 of average ice time last year, but his value in other categories is generally limited. Though he occupies a prominent place on the Sharks' penalty kill, the aforementioned career-highs are nothing that will get you drafting him in early rounds. It's a great signing for the Sharks, but strictly from a real-life perspective.