| Teal & White formally kicks
First glimpse of revamped
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
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
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 Teal & White begins
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.
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 scores
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.
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
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.
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
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