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Teal & White formally kicks off season
First glimpse of revamped roster
9/16/09 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks faithful got their first peek at some of the players that will makeup the 2009-10 roster on Wednesday night at the team's annual Teal & White Game. The remaining training camp attendees squared off in a full-contact scrimmage at HP Pavilion before roughly 5,000 fans.

Starters and prospects were distributed evenly among the two squads and then paired against each other in two 20 minute halves. The White team, which included Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi and Dan Boyle skated to a 2-1 win.

The Teal & White begins
All three goals came from prospects, including Frazer McLaren's redirect just 28 seconds into the contest. McLaren was the beneficiary of a shot that caromed of his leg, past goaltender Alex Stalock.

The game also marked the first time fans got a chance to see the team's newest additions in a Sharks crest. Scott Nichol and Kent Huskins both skated for Team White. Nichol displayed his scrappiness in the corners, and drew a high sticking penalty in the 2nd half.

Dan Hinote and Mathieu Dandenault, both in camp tryout players, also skated. Hinote played right wing for Team White, while Dandenault patrolled the blueline for Team Teal.

Brandon Mashinter scores
Team Team was granted a 7 minute power play, to give the special teams an opportunity to shake out some of the cob webs, but the group which included Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Rob Blake failed to capitalize on the extended man-up situation.

Brandon Mashinter put the White team up 2-0 at 4:36 of the 2nd half, on a breakaway chance. The right wing prospect intercepted a pass just inside his own blueline along the left wing boards, before racing up ice. He cut across the slot from left to right, before lifting a backhander past Stalock.

Team White was also given an extended power play to work on the special teams kinks, but like their opponent, they were unable to generate any scoring.

Defenseman Nick Petrecki finally broke Team Teal's scoring drought with a goal with 2 minutes to play. Petrecki one-timed a shot from the left dot past Tyson Sexsmith, after another shot attempt dribbled off the stick of Joe Loprieno from the point.

No Heatley

The biggest question of the night, was if newly acquired right wing Dany Heatley would suit for either team. That was impossible, because Heatley is still in Canada trying to get his immigration issues sorted out. The Sharks are hoping to have him arrive in California on Thursday evening, and will call a press conference to introduce him on Friday morning should he get to San Jose by then.

New Addition in the Mix?

San Jose Mercury News reporter David Pollak reported on his blog on Thursday that former New York Rangers forward Manny Malhotra is expected to join the Sharks in camp in the next two or three days.

The Sharks have yet to announce anything regarding the 10-year veteran. Malhotra spent the last five seasons in Columbus, and spent parts of three seasons in Dallas.


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