Sharks bag a 4-1 victory over the Ducks
Cullen scores while falling

San Jose posted a solid 4-1 victory Thursday against Pacific division rival Anaheim.

Nabokov stick save Wide angle photo of the HP Pavilion
Ricci wins a faceoff clean Nabokov stare

In other hockey news, Russia defeats team USA 5--1 at the World Junior Championship in Nova Scotia.


Avs fire Hartley, name Tony Granato new coach
Tony Granato

Former Shark Tony Granato is now the coach of the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche are currently [10-8-9-4] with 33 total points.

Avalanche fire Hartley, promote Granato - TSN.ca

Denver Post full coverage.

Blake, Forsberg & Sakic all might miss the game tonight with Edmonton due to injury.


Bruins ready to move McLaren... to San Jose?
Kyle McLarenSF Chronicle columnist Ross McKeon speculates on the Bruins moving McLaren to San Jose before the thursday Christmas break.

The 6,4 225pd Boston defenseman had a career best 6 goals, and 18 assists in 1998-1999.


Changes in San Jose
Nice article by Catherine Frazier on Yahoo.ca, Ch-Ch-Ch Changes in San Jose.

There are quite a few good quotes from Ron Wilson about the power play, assitant coaches Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, and improving the offensive contribution from the blue line.


Sharks bite Mario Lemieux
goalie Evgeni Nabokov

Mario Lemieux scored 2 PP goals, but Evgeni Nabokov's 22 saves led the Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Penguins.

Jim Fahey crashes the net Rathje shot from point
clean hit Mark Smith during warmups
Damphousse drives the net

Bonus warm-up picture. 2 pictures were shown through the protective netting, judge for yourself if it changes the viewing quality.


Shark Notes
- Forbes NHL Valuations are out based on revenues for the 2001-02 season. San Jose ranks 12th with a current value of 158 million, a 6% increase over the previous season.

- Mike Ricci will be on The Best Dam Sports Show Period tonight on Fox Sports bay area. Rumors that the name of this weblog will be changed to The Best Dam Hockey weblog are not true.

- Spector is still going strong with a column on Fox Sports, his informative Spector's Hockey Rumors website, and his ebook Shots on Net about being a fan of the NHL.

- Jim Fahey and Jonathan Cheechoo were called up over the weekend. Jim Fahey was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, and currently is the highest scoring defenseman on the Barons with 3 goals and 14 assists.

- This Sports Illustrated interview with Kostya Kennedy suggests maybe Darryl Sutter's system in San Jose was overrated.

No Kostya, the system was rated just fine. Sharks GM Dean Lombardi wanted more goals, and Ron Wilson will double shift Nolan and Selanne until their arms fall off.


Stuff you can Use
Check out some of the pages we are working on behind the scenes, the rest should be finished by tonight:

Sharks EBAY auctions
Sharks jerseys
Sharks/Hockey posters
Hockey video games
Stanley Cup VHS tapes
Hockey DVDs - with our new happy Belfour rating system.


Ragnarsson gone, San Jose trades for Dan McGillis
Sharks trade for Dan McGillis

Sharks trade Marcus Ragnarsson for Philadelphia defenseman Dan McGillis. McGillis scored a high of 14 goals, and 35 assists in 2000-2001 for the Flyers.

Currently in his 7th NHL season, the 6-2 230pd defensman has a great shot from the point, and is one of the better physical defenseman in the league.

Flyers acquire defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson for Dan McGillis - Philadelphiaflyers.com

Sharks trade Ragnarsson to Flyers - Sporting News


San Jose hires Ron Wilson as new head Shark
Sharks new head coach Ron Wilson

Capitals record: 192-159-51-8 [5yrs]
Anaheim record: 120-145-31 [4yrs]

Highlights: finalist for 2000 coach of the year, coached USA 1996 world cup team, 1998 USA Olympic team, & led Caps to Stanley Cup finals in 1998.

In his first press conference with SJ, Ron Wilson displayed a light-hearted humorous personality. First impressions aside, he has a task in front of him. His mission, should he choose to accept it, is to advance past the second round of the playoffs.

Ron Wilson to coach Sharks - Sporting News

Ron Wilson photo gallery - Washington Post
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Shark Notes - Darryl Sutter tribute edition
- One day after the axe fell on most of the Sharks coaching staff, the Globe and Mail reports SJ is interested in trading Mark Smith or Matt Bradley for 22 year old
Mike Danton.

[Update] The Star-Ledger reports Danton was suspended for not reporting to Albany. Sharks GM
Dean Lombardi has also asked for permission to talk to Larry Robinson.

- 30 hockey games in 60 days for the trip of a lifetime.

- In case you missed it, Michael Farber dropped a bomb on the relatively calm Toronto media with his column titled... Why everyone hates the Leafs. I like the Leafs.

- Korean defenseman Seung Ho Choi of the Kwang-woon University dies while trying to block a shot. Our condolences go out to his family.


Sharks fire coach Darryl Sutter
Sharks fire coach Darryl SutterAccording to ESPN, the San Jose Sharks fired coach Darryl Sutter Sunday, along with assistant coaches Lorne Molleken, and Rich Preston.

Cap Raeder will become the interim head coach with Doug Wilson assisting. San Jose might take a look at available coaches Ted Nolan, Larry Robinson, Ron Wilson, Roy Sommer, Herb Brooks, Bob Gainey, or Kevin Constantine.

Sharks change coaching staff - Official Press Release

Sharks fire head coach Darryl Sutter - TSN.ca

Rough start costs Sutter - SJ Mercury

While some fans want the new coach to open up the offense, the 3rd worst GAA in the league [3.21], and the 4th worst penalty kill [79%] suggest that San Jose needs to work on defensive play first.


Zamboni vs Moster Garage Zamboni
Discovery Channel's MonsterGarage took a 5.7-liter, V-8, 1996 Chevrolet Impala and turned it into a Zamboni.

After a weak of banging out the parts, and a day or two of custom painting, the ImpalaZamboni faced off with the Los Angeles Kings Zamboni after a pre-season game.

The "re-surface race" did not go as planned. The Impalaboni waited too long at the starting line, and burned a hole through the ice.