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Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Torres will miss the start of the upcoming season after undergoing surgery for an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee.
Impact: Torres initially got hurt last preseason and underwent surgery for a torn ACL. He returned in late February and played five games before sitting out the rest of the regular season. Torres played hurt through a seven-game, first-round loss to Los Angeles in the playoffs.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks announced Wednesday that they would enter camp without a captain, which includes taking the "A" off Marleau's sweater, the Mercury News reports.
Impact: It had been rumored and hinted at all summer that Marleau and captain Joe Thornton would have their leadership roles passed to younger players. It has also been rumored that both were asked to waive their no trade clause. Neither did. The team wants the younger generation to take the torch, but as far as fantasy is concerned, you can't reduce the playing time of a player like Marleau, who scored 33 goals and 37 assists last season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks officially announce Wednesday that Thornton would not be the team captain entering training camp, the Mercury News reports.
Impact: Coach Todd McLellan said that he doesn't consider it to be stripping Thornton of anything, since he'll be given the opportunity to earn the "C" back. The team has talked frequently this offseason of passing the torch to the next generation and that's what this appears to be. Thornton was not only rumored to be losing his "C," but was involved in trade rumors as well. However, he has a no trade clause and doesn't seem interested in leaving San Jose.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres suffered an infection in his surgically-repaired right knee and is expected to miss the first few months of the season while he undergoes another operation on the knee, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Torres was limited to just five regular-season contests in 2013-14 after undergoing knee surgery and suffering a subsequent setback shortly after returning after the Olympics. He would ultimately rejoin the Sharks during the postseason and looked to be healthy heading into the upcoming campaign, but it seems the infection surfaced at some point over the summer. For the second straight season, he'll open on injured reserve as a result, with no concrete date for his return. Torres has been a useful player for the Sharks when he's been on the ice, but with two years still remaining on his contract, his durability concerns might dampen the remainder of his tenure with his team.