Latest on the Sharks and Predators – August 13, 2014

Sharks GM coach Todd McLellan attempts to explain the Sharks rebuild this summer, and an update on Predators free agent Ryan Ellis. 

Moving Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton apparently wasn't in the Sharks plans.

Moving Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton apparently wasn’t in the Sharks plans.

NHL.COM: Dan Rosen interviewed San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan, who attempted to explain the club’s “rebuilding” efforts this summer. “We want to reset the hierarchy and culture in the organization, and that’s really where the term rebuild came from. We feel we have a tremendous talent pool. We feel the players that are with our organization are part of the solution and not the problem now. As a staff, we talked about the ability to push and win as much as we can while we get younger, while we adjust the roles a little bit and give some of the younger players more responsibility. The term or the word used like that can be confusing at times. I think a lot of people, especially in the media, immediately went to, ‘Well, they’re going to trade Thornton and Marleau.’ That’s not the case. We believe that those two are part of the solution, not part of the problem. That got a lot of play media-wise. That’s not what we were about. We think we have a very good hockey club and we think we need to tinker with a few things and continue to push forward.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McLellan’s comments won’t change the perception the Sharks were forced to walk balk their “rebuild” talk after failing to move Thornton and Marleau. It’s obvious the duo will return for this season. The club’s performance this season, however, will determine if the trade rumors persist about the pair. 

CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters cites an interview Predators GM David Poile recently had with a Predators blogger, admitting he’s “a ways apart” in contract talks with RFA defenseman Ryan Ellis, who’s coming off an entry-level contract. Poile said he’d like to get a contract done with Ellis before the start of training camp. Peters observers Ellis doesn’t have much leverage and is likely to accept a cheaper, short-term deal.


  1. As a Kings fan I have to say I really like what the Sharks have done this offseason.

    • Unsure if sincere or sarcastic, but ironically either way the comment is completely relevant. If sincere, as a sharks fan I agree, Freeing themselves of Havlat and Stuart was only for the better. Although it seems silly I am interested in seeing what Scott brings to the table. Hopefully the can rid themselves of Burish as well and some of the younger guys play more.

      If sarcastic, you are a right again, although you don’t have much to worry about since the championship team is basically returning intact right. Despite clearing some salary cap the sharks signed nobody to bring them up to the kings level. It appears they are a mid-low budget team now :-(

      • If they are slow out of the gate, or continue to give the impression that they will be exactly the same then they are in a prime position to get teams to overpay for their players right before a great draft. Not a bad situation to be in. Teams will overpay that time of year usually, getting more picks etc in a great draft will have their cupboard bursting. Kind of what buffalo is doing, except winning at the same time.

      • Sharks did some real improvement by subtraction.

        Ignore the goon glitch. Pine or minors for them.

        The unsung hero will be Burns on defense. Plenty of fire power up front.

    • A Kings fan for the last three seasons i bet?

      • Doubting his manhood, Jason? Really? Are you 12?

      • i can still name every LA player to play in the ’93 finals without googling. how about you?

  2. The Sharks don’t really have a lot o wiggle room with Thornton as he doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere and they can’t move him unles he agrees. San Jose seems like it would be a great place to live and work for an athlete. Unfortunatley some of the players seem a little too comfortable which is a problem come playoff time. I’m a firm believer that teams win in the playoffs with depth that other’s find hard to match. You an win a series or even two with a top heavy team but to go all the way you need a third and fourth line that can help carry the load. I think the Ducks and Hawks have potentially harmed themselves with big conracts that will seriously hurt their ability to keep solid players outside the top two lines. The Ducks have enough prospects to cover this for a bit but Chicago is already going to have to make some tough choices.

  3. The two(2) heaviest teams in the NHL- LA & SJ . Did Dionne play in that 93 series :)

  4. I speak McLellanese, so let me translate. He said, “We wanted to do a full rebuild by trading expensive veterans for picks and prospects, but we have too many players with no movement clauses (NMCs). We were hoping that the rebuild would spark some of the NMCs to want to move on, but thus far that hasn’t been the case.”

    • I concur. Hence my name
      Why cant anyone just speak the truth besides you and me