Posts Tagged ‘Dan Boyle’

Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau sign new multi-year deals with San Jose Sharks

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Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have signed new contracts with the San Jose Sharks.

Patrick Marleau (12) and Joe Thornton (19) have been Sharks teammates since 2005. (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Their names may have popped up in the occasional free agency prognostication piece, but it has always felt like a matter of when, not if, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau would decide to finish their careers with the Sharks.

The current and former San Jose captains both made it official today, signing extensions that will keep them in teal for the next three seasons.

That was clearly the goal all along for Thornton and Marleau. Both players took less term and dollars than they could have earned on the market this summer. In fact, they were even willing to take minor haircuts to get the deals done. Marleau’s contract features an annual average value of $6.67 million, down from his current $6.90 million. Thornton will bring home an AAV of $6.75 million after taking home $7 million this season.

“Patrick and Joe continue to perform at an elite level in the National Hockey League and, most importantly, they make the other players around them better,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “They both made it very clear that they wanted to stay in San Jose and we were able to agree on contracts that fit with our team building philosophy.”

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014
  • The Top 13 Goals of 2013

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal against the New York Islanders.

    We wish to thank Pavel Datsyuk and the New York Islanders for their contributions to this list. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

    By Sam Page

    What is a great hockey goal? Do you just know it when you see it? Is it contingent on the quality of the competition involved? Should it play a significant role in the game, or the season?

    Merriam-Webster defines a goal as “something that you are trying to do or achieve.” I define a great goal as the actual act of shooting the puck, during the action of a game, and having the red light flash despite the odds against it happening. So on this list you will find no great assists on tap-in goals, no video game-esque shootout goals, and no penalty shots. This list is just the year’s 13 best individual efforts in getting the biscuit into the basket.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful | Front office moves

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  • Published On Dec 29, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Maxim Lapierre gets five games for Dan Boyle hit

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    By Allan Muir

    Max Lapierre had a choice to make as he was bearing down on Dan Boyle the other night. That he made the wrong one was pretty obvious to anyone who saw the St. Louis forward hammer Boyle from behind, driving his jaw into the lip of the boards and leaving the former All-Star unconscious on the ice.

    The cheap shot earned Lapierre a five-game suspension from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan tonight.

    Fair? Let’s just say it was in the right ballpark, although there was an opportunity to send a stronger message of intolerance.

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  • Published On Oct 18, 2013
  • Dan Boyle leaves ice on stretcher after cheap shot by Maxim Lapierre

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    By Allan Muir

    Just hours after the league threw the book at Patrick Kaleta, another repeat offender, St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre, earned himself a date with Brendan Shanahan for one of the cheapest hits you’ll ever see.

    Early in tonight’s heavily anticipated showdown between the undefeated Blues and Sharks, San Jose defender Dan Boyle rang the puck around the boards deep in his zone. Moments later, Lapierre roared in from behind and blasted Boyle square in the numbers, sending him chin-first into the lip of those boards and leaving him immobile and apparently unconscious on the ice for several scary seconds.

    It was as stupid a decision as you’ll see anyone make in hockey. There was a clean hit to be made on this play. Conversely, there was plenty of time to pull up from making contact in this area, but Lapierre but followed through, blasting Boyle face-first from behind instead. Forget about fighting — it’s garbage like this that has no place in the game.

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  • Published On Oct 15, 2013
  • Kovalchuk supports Russian anti-gay law; Crosby, other stars opposed

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    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk is toeing his homeland’s party line for Sochi. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Here’s a shocker: another high-profile Russian athlete has come out in support of their country’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

    “I agree, of course,” said Ilya Kovalchuk. “I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, but that’s our line. That’s our country, so everybody has to respect that.”

    I’m guessing that Kovalchuk, who was speaking to TSN, might have a different understanding of the phrase “free world” than most people.

    To be fair, though, he’s got more skin in this game than any of us. Maybe that is the way he feels. Maybe that’s the way he was told to feel. Doesn’t much matter. It’s pretty clear now that this is the sort of stock answer you should expect whenever a Russian is asked to speak in public about this particular law.

    The same question was posed to several players at Team Canada’s orientation camp in Calgary on Sunday, and while what they said didn’t exactly come across as an outpouring of support for the gay community, it’s clear that their views are a little different.

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  • Published On Aug 26, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Justin Williams leads Kings to 2-1 Game 7 win over Sharks

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    Jonathan Quick made a number of stellar saves to keep the Sharks at bay in the third period. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams had gone eight games without a goal heading into Tuesday night’s decisive battle against the San Jose Sharks. That’s probably because none of them had been a Game 7.

    The struggling sniper broke out of his funk with a dazzling performance, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Sharks that kept their dreams of repeating as Stanley Cup champions alive.

    Williams has a history of making every kid’s street hockey fantasies come to life. He’s lit the lamp in each of his four career Game 7 appearances, and his five goals are the most of any active player. He also has four assists in those contests.

    “Backs against the wall. Us or them. That’s what hockey players think about when they grow up. A chance to win it for your team in a do-or-die [game],” he said on the NBC Sports Network after the win.

    Tonight, it was Williams living the dream.

    Here are some thoughts and observations from tonight’s climactic thriller:

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  • Published On May 29, 2013
  • NHL 2013 trade rumor tracker

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    Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks

    Sharks winger Ryane Clowe is a person of interest to several teams, but has a steep price tag. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

    The latest trade news and rumors. Check back for daily updates. And on deadline day itself, track all the latest updates with our live blog.

    By Allan Muir

    April 2

    Davis Drewiske: Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the Canadiens have acquired the young defender from the Kings for a 2013 fifth-round pick. Solid depth move for Montreal.

    Toronto Maple Leafs: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says the Leafs are still in hot pursuit of Miikka Kiprusoff and also are in the market for a defender.

    Boston Bruins: An NHL source told SI.com that Peter Chiarelli is still in shopping mode. “He’s looking for a defenseman for sure, possibly another bottom-six forward.”

    Ryane Clowe: With Jaromir Jagr going to Boston, it’s thought the Bruins are out of the running for Clowe. Several sources put the Rangers as the favorites to acquire the scoreless winger from San Jose.

    Nate Schmidt: Not a trade, but multiple sources reporting the Caps have signed the offensive-minded defender that most ranked as the second-best of this season’s NCAA free agent class.

    Jaromir Jagr: Mike Heika reports a done deal. Jagr to Boston for two prospects and a pick. Details to come.

    Derek Roy: Multiple sources have the Stars dealing the veteran center to Vancouver for a second rounder and a prospect. More to come.

    Jaromir Jagr: Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports the Stars have told Jagr he will be dealt today. Frontrunners appear to be Boston and Montreal.

    Marc-Andre Bergeron: Renaud Lavoie of RDS says defender Marc-Andre Bergeron is not on the ice at morning skate and should be traded today. Bergeron is useful as a power-play specialist, but not much else. UPDATE: Bergeron has been dealt to Carolina for the previously waived Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick.

    Miikka Kiprusoff: Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun reports the Leafs have been given permission by the Flames to speak with Kipper in an effort to convince him to come to Toronto.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2013
  • NHL Trade Rumor Roundup: Alfredsson, Bouwmeester, Weiss, more

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    Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson could be traded to the Boston Bruins.

    Captain Daniel Alfredsson would have to abandon the Senators’ sinking ship, but the Bruins are an attractive option. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With a third of the season in the books, NHL clubs have a fair idea of where they’re at and what they might be willing to buy, or sell, in the trade market. Here’s a quick look at some of the weightier rumors that are making the rounds.

    Rumor: Pierre LeBrun believes the Boston Bruins will make a play for Daniel Alfredsson.

    The read: LeBrun is 100 percent right that this will be Alfredsson’s call. The chance to play for the Stanley Cup might sound appealing from the outside, but unless the wheels completely fall off in Ottawa, I think loyalty to the Senators organization will carry the day. Still, if Alfie does decide to go that route, familiar faces (GM Peter Chiarelli, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly), easy travel and a solid shot at the Cup might make for a soft landing in Boston. The Penguins, desperate for help on the wing, and Flyers would be in the mix as well, but the B’s have more forward talent in the cupboard to seal a deal.

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  • Published On Feb 21, 2013


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