AHL netminder Troy Grosenick makes incredible glove stop, contender for save of the year

Jared Clinton
Troy Grosenick glove save (via San Jose Barracuda/YouTube)

San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick is cutting is close to the deadline for the best save of 2015, but his incredible glove stop Sunday is going to earn him some consideration for the year-end top 10 list.

Grosenick, 26, made just the type of lunging, stretching, how-did-he-do-that style save that will earn him a spot on a ton of highlight reels. In the first period, with the Barracuda already down two goals to the visiting Heat, Stockton were working the puck around the San Jose zone and eventually back to defenseman Oliver Kylington.

Kylington let a shot go from the blueline, which Grosenick dove to his left to stop. But upon making the save, the puck shot out to the left of the net, right onto the tape of Drew Shore. Shore had an empty net to shoot at, settled the puck and blasted it on net only to be robbed by the outstretched glove of Grosenick: Read more

Can anyone figure out these road warrior San Jose Sharks?

Ken Campbell
Brent Burns (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is not a team in the NHL that has more points on the road than the San Jose Sharks. And there is not a team in the NHL that has fewer points at home than the San Jose Sharks. Part of that is the function of an unbalanced schedule. But part of it is the Sharks resemble their star defenseman Brent Burns at times – smooth as silk sometimes, a big, hairy mess at others.

The Sharks have never been a franchise that has followed convention. And that’s the case with this team, which improved its road record to 12-5-1 with a scrambly 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night. Compare that to the saps they are at home, with a 4-9-0 mark at the SAP Center at San Jose.

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Sharks’ Couture will miss next five games, out until after holiday break

Jared Clinton
Logan Couture (Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

The Sharks are struggling mightily right now and have lost their past six games, and news isn’t getting any better for San Jose as center Logan Couture, who has suited up for just five games this season, won’t be back before the holiday break.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told CSN’s Kevin Kurz that Couture, who left in the second period of San Jose’s Dec. 9 loss to Edmonton, will not be joining the team on their five-game road trip. The trip sees the Sharks swing through Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa before games against two of the west’s best in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Couture suffered an arterial bleed that required surgery to be repaired, but the injury was said to be unrelated to the previously broken fibula that Couture suffered earlier in the season. The Sharks also said the injury would not sideline Couture long-term. However, after missing nearly two full months due to the broken leg, it appears Couture’s most recent ailment is going to claim another two weeks of his season. Read more

New starting goalie Martin Jones has been money well spent for the Sharks

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Martin Jones. (Getty Images)

By David Pollak

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson rolled the dice last summer when he acquired Martin Jones to become San Jose’s starting goalie, then quickly signed him to a three-year, $9-million contract extension.

So far, that appears to be money well spent with Jones getting off to a strong start as Antti Niemi’s replacement between the pipes. Still, Wilson stopped short of labeling Jones one of the NHL’s top bargains for 2015.

“That’s for other people to gauge,” Wilson said. “We’re just pleased to have him.”

Understandably. Twenty-five NHL teams pay their No. 1 goalie more than what Jones earns in his first shot as a starter after two seasons backing up Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles. Yet Jones’s stats so far – 12 wins, three shutouts, a 2.35 goals-against average – put him in the NHL’s upper echelon.

Jones made the 350-mile journey from Los Angeles to San Jose by way of Boston. He became a Bruin in the June 26 trade that sent Milan Lucic to the Kings. Four days later, he was a Shark as Wilson sent his 2016 first-round pick and prospect Sean Kuraly to Boston for the 25-year-old goalie with just 34 NHL games on his resume.

That limited NHL experience wasn’t a concern, Wilson said. Jones’s AHL stint with the Manchester Monarchs – a rival of San Jose’s development team then in nearby Worcester – showed he could handle the workload. More insights came from Dave Lowry, the ex-Shark who had coached Jones with the Calgary Hitmen.

“He was number one on our list — his style of play, his size, his age, his competitiveness,” Wilson said. “We thought he was a guy that would fit great for us.”

Jones minimized any adjustments he had to make taking a new role with a new team, crediting coach Pete DeBoer and staff with getting everyone on the same page.

“Defensively it’s a lot of the same stuff,” Jones said. “Here, we like to stretch the game out a little bit more where the Kings were kind of five guys back all the time. I mean, that’s the only adjustment and it doesn’t really affect me that much.”

DeBoer, however, cited a mental adjustment as well.

“Getting the mindset that ‘I’m not just coming in and relieving Quick for a couple games every 10 or 15. I’ve got to be ready to start every night.’ It’s also physically preparing yourself, how you practice,” DeBoer said. “He’s learning that in goal here and I think he’s done a great job.”

Sharks lose Couture again, undergoes surgery to fix ‘small arterial bleed’

Jared Clinton
Logan Couture (Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

Sharks center Logan Couture returned to San Jose’s lineup on Dec. 8 after having missed all but three games this season. Now, after suiting up in two games and playing less than 22 total minutes, Couture is back on the shelf, this time with another leg injury.

Couture, 26, was originally put out of the lineup thanks to a fractured fibula. The break occurred in practice ahead of the Sharks Oct. 16 game against the New Jersey Devils, and the Sharks star pivot had gotten himself back in shape to finally suit up again Tuesday against the Calgary Flames. Wednesday, however, Couture suffered another injury to the same leg.

The Sharks announced Friday that Couture suffered “trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game.” Read more

Rumor Roundup: Trade talk dies down as holiday freeze approaches

Matt Duchene, Patrick Marleau, and Ryan Johansen. (Getty Images)

November saw a number of notable NHL players pop up in the rumor mill. Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, Columbus Blue Jackets pivot Ryan Johansen, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, and Edmonton Oilers forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle became hot topics of trade speculation.

Moving into mid-December and with the league’s holiday trade freeze (Dec. 19-27) just over a week away, much of the trade chatter regarding those players has cooled off or completely died out.

Since Duchene first surfaced in trade talk in early-November, he’s become one of the league’s hottest offensive stars. Most observers now assume Avs GM Joe Sakic was simply trying to light a fire under the 24-year-old, who was off to a slow start.

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Jujhar Khaira trades blows with Brenden Dillon in his first NHL fight

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Edmonton's Jujhar Khaira (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Edmonton hasn’t had much luck developing depth draft picks lately, but 2012 third-rounder Jujhar Khaira is beginning to make an impact, as the San Jose Sharks found out last night.

Khaira, a physical, bruising left winger, got into his first NHL fight, taking on Brenden Dillon after the Sharks defenseman took exception to the Oilers rookie knocking around Justin Braun with a big hit. It was a pretty good tilt, too:

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Logan Couture activated off IR, ‘dying to get back in’ for Sharks

Jared Clinton
Logan Couture. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

San Jose has dropped four of their past five games and find the gap between them and the division-leading Los Angeles Kings widening, but the Sharks got some good news Monday evening that could get them right back into the race for the Pacific Division title.

The Sharks announced that center Logan Couture, who has been sidelined nearly two months with a fractured fibula, has officially been removed from the IR and could be made available for Tuesday’s game against the Calgary Flames. Couture, 26, has missed all but three games this season and left a significant hole on the Sharks’ top line. While it may take a few games for Couture to get reacclimatized to game action, his return should give San Jose an immediate boost.

“I’ve been dying to get back in for the last little while,” Couture told SJSharks.com. “It’s not easy watching, just practicing. Today was a good day, just to be out there with the guys on a regular line and feel like you’re part of the team again. I felt like myself finally.” Read more