The Lockout To Continue- One day after the NHL pulled it’s 50/50 offer off of the table after Donald Fehr and the NHLPA turned it down, the league announced the cancellation of all games thru November 30th. The cancellations eliminate any possibility of salvaging a full 82 game schedule as the 2012-13 season is now falling into grave jeopardy. The cancellations will eliminate a total of 326 games from the NHL scheduled. The NHLPA made a counter offer to the league which was quickly dismissed by the Owners and Commissioner Gary Bettman. It seems likely that the Winter Classic which was scheduled for January 1st in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will soon be a casualty of the lockout situation. There are no new talks scheduled between the NHLPA and the league in the immediate future.
The NHL presented a proposal that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues. But that was contingent on the sides making the Thursday, October 25th deadline. The NHLPA responded with three counter proposals, all of which would get the sides to a 50-50 deal, but the Owners and Commissioner Bettman quickly rejected them.
San Jose Sharks Games Lost- For the Sharks, gone are are a total of 12 games including six that would have been played at the Shark Tank. Amongst home dates lost are Nov 3rd vs Colorado, Nov 8th vs Buffalo, Nov 10th vs the New York Islanders, Nov 17th vs Columbus, Nov 20th vs Chicago and Nov 24th vs arch rival Anaheim. Road Games out the window include Nov 5th at Colorado, Nov 13th at Phoenix, Nov 15th at Dallas, Nov 23rd at Los Angeles, Nov 27th at Washington; and Nov 29th at Pittsburgh. If you are a season ticket holder, you may want to call the Sharks to arrange for a refund of all of your November home game tickets.
Players Growing Impatient- Buffalo Sabres goal Ryan Miller is the latest lockout player to chime in on the lockout situation. “If a team needs a goalie, I need to start considering it,” Miller wrote in an email to ESPN The Magazine*. Miller continued, “I think that a deal is there to be made and recent events lead me to believe the NHL is simply testing us. After they have satisfied their curiosity about the strength of our resolve we will have real negotiating for the first time in this whole debacle.” Miller added, “The two sides are close enough to a deal that missing the bulk of a season is wrong and missing an entire season is not only insane, it is a blatant disregard for the sport, the fans and the culture we have grown over decades — just to satisfy egos, not the needs of either side.”*
The Sharks’ Patrick Marleau also voiced displeasure with the lockout proceedings. “Their proposal started talks, and then they kind of shut them down as soon as we started talking,” Marleau said. “They wanted 50-50, we got to 50-50, and they took 10 minutes to disregard three proposals where we actually took their offer and took some time to dissect it.” Marleau continued, “They come out and they say they want what’s best for hockey, but then their actions don’t back that up. It’s kind of happened throughout the whole negotiations, so at this point we don’t expect anything less out of them.”**
Worcester Sharks Update- 10.19.12 – Worcester 4 – Portland 7 – L – Androscoggin Bank Coliseum: Sebastian Stalberg, Sena Acolatse, Yanni Gourde, and Tim Kennedy scored for the Sharks, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks fell 7-4 to the divisional rival Portland Pirates at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night. Alex Stalock made 22 saves in goal and rookie Freddie Hamilton picked up his first two professional points with a pair of assists in the loss.
10.20.12 – Worcester 0 –Albany 4 – L – DCU Center Worcester out shot Albany 30-27, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks fell 4-0 to the Albany Devils in the Sharks seventh home opener in front of a sellout crowd of 6,659 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night. Albany netminder Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves in goal and Jacob Josefson picked up two goals to lead the way offensively for the Devils. Harri Sateri made 23 saves in the loss for Worcester as the Sharks fell to 3-2-1-1 in home openers at the DCU Center.
AHL Sharks in the Atlantic- The Sharks are swimming in fifth place with one point (0-3-0-1) in the Atlantic Division through four games, which is five points behind the first place Manchester Monarchs (6pts in 4gp), three points behind the 2nd place Providence Bruins (4pts in 4gp) and St. John’s IceCaps (4pts in 4gp), and one point behind the 4th place Portland Pirates (2pts in 3gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.
AHL Sharks Season by the Numbers- Record: 0-3-0-1, 1 point – 5th in Atlantic Win percentage: .125% – 28th in AHL Home Record: 0-1-0-0 Away Record: 0-2-0-1 Attendance: 6,659 through 1 game (6,659 average – 9th in AHL) Goals Scored: 9, 2.25 goals per game, 25th in AHL Goals Allowed: 19, 4.75 goals against per game, 28th in AHL Shots per game: 31.25 –10th in AHL Shots allowed per game: 27.50 – 10th in AHL 1 goal games: 0-0-0-1 in one goal games PP: 12.5%, 19th in AHL (3-23) PK: 76.5%, 20th in AHL (4-17) SHGA – 2 shorthanded goals allowed PIMS – 21.75 penalty minutes per game, 6th in AHL Fighting Majors: 2– 4th in AHL OT Games – 1 – (0-0 record in OT) SO Games – 1 – (0-1 record in SO) Roster Players – the Sharks have used 21 players this season Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season.
Top Worcester Sharks- Goals: Stalberg (3) Assists: Irwin (4) Points: Irwin (0-4-4) Power Play Points: Stalberg (2-0-2) and Irwin (0-2-2) Shots: Stalberg (16 shots) PIM: Pelech (22) Fighting Pen.: Pelech (2) Plus/Minus: several tied at EVEN G.A.A.: Sateri (3.37) Save %: Sateri (.873). For more information on the Worcester Sharks, visit SharksAHL.com***
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