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  1. Roster move: The Sharks place Mike Smith on IR. Recall Karel Vejmelka from Barracuda.
  2. The Rangers will send down Carl Dahlstrom. No waivers required by my understanding.
  3. Roster move: Sharks assign Ian Mitchell to Barracuda.
  4. Roster move: San Jose Sharks remove Damon Severson from IR and add him to the active roster.
  5. Well unless my eyes are deceiving me, the Sharks are currently sitting in a playoff spot in the West. Considering we have 20 million in salary on IR - including our top defense pair and two top six forwards, not to mention our starting goalie DTD and yet to play a game - this is about the best scenario we could have possibly hoped for. Need guys like Hartman, Thompson and Connor Brown to continue to step up and fill the void while we wait for the cavalry to arrive.
  6. We're excited with the progress on the rebuild so far. Any good rebuild ought to start from the net out, and we've added three young goalies this summer in Montembeault, Benjamin Gaudreau, and Keith Petruzzelli. Next comes the defense, and we've already added Samuelsson, Mukhamadullin and Lambos, although we've given up a couple good ones in Gawanke and Edvinsson. At some point in the next year or two, we'll be looking to move one of our bluechip young centers - Sharangovich, Mittelstadt, Foudy, Kupari - for a young impact defenseman. Beyond that, not much to report on the trade block front. Hampus Lindholm is obviously available, but we'll probably wait until deadline for that and hope he's looking ready for a playoff run and trade to a contender. Granlund is obviously available. Probably gonna wait until deadline or even next summer for that one. Feel free to make offers on either now though if you wish. Our preferred return in any trade is going to be young players or prospects, aged around 19-22. Picks are also fine, but of secondary interest unless they're firsts.
  7. Hahaha holy $&!# I looked it up to see if this was just a GML rule or mirrors the NHL. There hasn't been re-entry waivers since 2013!!! This is news to me.
  8. The Rangers would like to put a claim on Scott Harrington.
  9. Lol yeah. But he became a better all-around player after that. Forget what the injury was he played with through the 2017 playoffs, but has never been the same after that. Although, that was one of the most impressive playoff performances I'm ever seen from a defenseman or anyone.
  10. Seamus Casey, RHD, USNTDP - A smaller defenseman at about 5'10, but he fits the mould of the modern offensive defensemen with elite skating agility, a la Makar, Q. Hughes, Drysdale, etc. What sets him apart: Skating agility. What else makes him a top prospect: Pretty much everything else - offensive skills, IQ, creativity, but he's also exceptional defensively against his own age group. What might hold him back: Obviously just size and strength. As I said, he defends exceptionally well at this level, but it will get harder as competition gets bigger and stronger. Risk management also needs work. Head to head: against Pano Fimis, the 2nd overall pick in the OHL draft. Don't mind the commentary guy saying nice defensive work by Cutter Gauthier - it is 3, not 8.
  11. OK so I know people are expecting the Canucks to pick outside of the top 15 this year, so we're generally less interested in the top prospects. Figured I would do brief profiles on a couple of my favourite prospects who could be available in the back half of the first round, based on where they're ranked so far. Tristan Luneau, RHD, QMJHL Gatineau - Not the most highly skilled defenseman in the class, but at 6'2 and with elite hockey IQ, he's certainly one of the most NHL-translatable. What sets him apart: His offensive transition game. Highly deceptive, able to beat forecheckers with change of speed and direction. What else makes him a top prospect: His defensive game. Separates bodies from pucks and makes quick plays out of pressure. What could hold him back: I've yet to see anything special from him in the offensive zone. Head to head: against Frank Nazar, one of the most purely skilled players in the draft class, and Luneau has his number twice in one shift.
  12. Man what a difficult situation for Danila Yurov this year. Coming into the season I'd say he was a fairly safe bet to be a top 5 pick and one of a large handful of players who could have challenged for 2nd overall behind Wright. His season is reminding me a lot of Lucas Raymond's draft year - Raymond had an absolutely dominant D-1 season and was an obvious top 5 pick going into the year; but being such a mature, responsible pro-style player. he was able to make Frolunda's big club in a 4th line role at 17 despite being one of the lightest players in the league at about 165 lb, and had very little offensive opportunity. Similarly, Yurov is one of the most mature, pro-style players I've seen at this age in years. Certainly not as purely skilled as Raymond, but he's more physically mature than Raymond was his draft year (Yurov is also late birthday) - Yurov is 6'1 and listed at just 172, but this kid is strong as an ox. At 17 last year I can't remember the last time I saw a prospect that age dominate pucks battles at the major junior level like Yurov did. Never seems to lose a 50/50 battle, and even when he was at a distinct disadvantage going in he so often found a way for his team to come away with the puck. But now he is stuck in limbo between MHL and KHL. Magnitogorsk is the best team in KHL at an absurd 16-1. Yurov has played 14 games for them, averaging just 5:07. He was sent back to junior recently and put up 6 points in 2 games. He's obviously far too good for MHL now, but struggling to find a place on a stacked Magnitogorsk KHL team. World Juniors is going to be his big opportunity to showcase himself for the draft, and I'll be expecting a big tournament from him, most likely alongside his longtime Red Army linemate Fyodor Svechkov.
  13. NYR recall Rasmus Kupari Adam Erne - Casey Mittelstadt - Michael Granlund Sampo Ranta - Yegor Sharangovich - Owen Tippett Dryden Hunt - Michael Rasmussen - Kyle Okposo Cody Eakin - Liam Foudy - Rasmus Kupari Justin Bailey Nikita Zadorov - Erik Karlsson Hampus Lindholm - Shayne Gostisbehere Gustav Lindstrom - Urho Vaakanainen Carl Dahlstrom Mattias Samuelsson Ilya Samsonov Samuel Montembeault
  14. Lol are we supposed to post that here? I sent mine to C2X. Rangers front office budget: Player development: 8,000,000 Minor league salary: 30,000,000 Player relations: 17,000,000
  15. NYR just made a trade and is looking to do more in a similar vein. Looking to fill out the roster and would like to acquire young journeymen / fringe NHLers in exchange for later round picks and B prospects. Looking for players who could plausibly be depth players for us in a couple years. Not worried about what team they're with currently.
  16. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/injuries Damon Severson to IR. San Jose recalls Will Borgen.
  17. Ah. And there we have it. Gusev back to SKA: https://www.ska.ru/news/view/nikita-gusiev-vozvrashchaietsia-v-ska/ The Sharks terminate the contract of Nikita Gusev.
  18. Thank goodness we didn't move the 2022 first. Backstrom and Vrana both out long term could be devastating. We sacrificed a lot of futures to try to load up for a playoff push, but were able to keep most of the key pieces in tact (Fabbro, Thompson, Mitchell, Chmelevski, 2022 first and the 3 2021 firsts). With Vejmelka making the NHL out of camp and potentially challenging for serious minutes, we will be exploring options on the goaltending front as we have three NHL-callibre keepers in Blackwood, Smith and Vejmelka. We had already been in talks on a couple of fronts about potentially moving Blackwood, and given the current situation, we may consider moving him for help up front. But it would have to be something that makes sense for both the short and long-term.
  19. I guess we'll be listening to offers on Karel Vejmelka if anyone still needs an NHL goalie.
  20. San Jose assigns Nicklas Backstrom, Curtis Lazar, Devon Toews to IR. San Jose Sharks opening lineup: Bjorkstrand - Barkov - DeBrincat Eklund - Hartman - Brown Foligno - Thompson - Gagner Leivo - Turris - Vesey Gusev (DTD) Goligoski - Walker Benn - Fabbro Mitchell - Kukan MacDermid Severson (DTD) Blackwood Smith IR: Vrana, Backstrom, Toews, Lazar San Jose Barracuda: Steeves - Chmelevski - Calverley Turunen - Somppi - Jarventie Voronkov - Elynuik - McCartney Borgen - Durzi Rauhauser - Walsh Green Vejmelka Bilyalov Shepard Allen Americans: Arvid Soderblom Jesper Eliasson Returned to juniors: Brandt Clarke Colten Ellis Ethan Haider
  21. Rangers will call up Mattias Samuelsson and Sampo Ranta.
  22. Woah, never mind. Cancel that claim on Dal Colle.
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