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Nobody seems to talking about this and curious to what others think of this method of stripping the C and A's?

Is it to force Thornton out and give up on the NTM? Same could be said for Marleau, although maybe the Sharks are enforcing their own compete level from within and the truth is a clean slate as they say. Do teams really still tell the truth,lol?

 

SHARKS STRIP THORNTON OF CAPTAINCY, MARLEAU OF “A”

 

 

The San Jose Sharks will enter training camp without a captain or any assistants.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said he didn't consider the move to be stripping former captain Joe Thornton of the "C" because the veteran would have an opportunity to earn the designation back.

"We're starting this year with a clean slate," said McLellan. "Coming into training camp, everyone is starting with no equity – from rookies through all of the veterans."

Patrick Marleau will also have the "A" removed from his jersey.

Thornton had served the Sharks captain since taking the position over from Rob Blake in 2010. Blake served for one year after Marleau was the team's captain from 2004-09.

Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News late on Wednesday, Thornton expressed his surprise at the decision.

"It's a big honour, and it's a big responsibility," Thornton said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you."

For Marleau, the move represents a chance to prove his worth to the organization.

"I will do what I have always done," Marleau told the newspaper. "Play hard, be professional on and off the ice, lead by example. That is why I will be wearing a letter after training camp."

McLellan told the Mercury News that the competition to earn the leadership roles is wide open.

"Thornton could end up being the captain. I don't know, none of us know," McLellan said. "If it's real evident he's the guy, he'll be the captain. If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and doing a very good job, then he'll be."

The Sharks were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings.

 

 

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=459880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They tried to force Thornton to waive his ntc... Sounds like sour grapes to me

In the article it almost seemed that even though Marleau knew he was stripped of the A as well, that he would be wearing a letter come the end of training camp.

 

He thinks his work ethic will ensure it, and maybe that is true, he could make a good captain there but all those rumors of him being asked to negotiate his own nmc just adds a little spark to the fire and adds a little extra hockey drama. I guess there are a few different paths this scenario can play out, time might be the only thing that reveals the outcome. I'm thinking Thornton gets traded.

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i think this shows quite a lack of class on the sharks part. try to trade the guy all summer, he refuses to waive his nmc so they strip him of the captaincy for the upcoming season? they can frame it however they like, they are not fooling anyone. i dont know what more they could possibly want to see from joe to justify his captaincy

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They play so well throughout the regular season and show all the signs of being a top contender but then they usually meet quite respectable teams that knock them out. I'd keep them all together for another year and agree that it seems like a force move, but they are the ones willing to take a chance on it I guess and let the cards play out. Joe is all class usually, lets see how he takes this one because really, he still holds the card.

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Given the sharks continuing ability to find ways to shit and fall back in it come postseason, this isn't really surprising.

 

I realize accountability catches people off guard in toronto, but that's all I see here.  

 

Marleau seems to get it and be alright with it.  

 

Joe doesn't; but given his tendency to transform from big joe to lil' joe when it matters most, he probably should.

Edited by Doc J

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Kevin's right, as well. It's not accountability, it's sour grapes. I might but it if it was the first time, but they've tried everything regarding captaincy and they still do the same thing every April. They've tried rotating it (which the stopped because McCauley said "I'm honoured, but Patty Marleau is our captain.") Then they stripped Marleau because they lost. Then they didn't win. Now they strip Joe. The players aren't going to go "oh, change of culture." They are going to go "but Joe's still our leader, huh?"

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Wasn't really trying to surprise you, but okay.

Was just strange for me as somebody who still remembers him as a long time Bruin.

You said it's crazy to think that, but it's not. Everything he's done had been in a sharks uniform. I'd be more surprised if it just happened, but he's played more than a 100 more games as a shark.

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Average goalie?  Reimer hasthe same SV% this season as the runaway Vezina favourite, Braden Holtby.  :)

Holtby: 64 games played.

Reimer: 40 games played.

 

So how can you actually with a right mind compare these two players' stats vs each other?

 

Please keep your 'Kadri has got more shots than P.Kane on net, so Kadri is better'- retarded comparisons to yourself and dont make them public. 

Edited by brocto

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If Holtby is the "runaway" Vezina leader it's because of wins.

 

Ben Bishop, Cory Crawford, Cory Schneider should all be ahead of him and an argument can be made for Luongo too.  Just one dumb argument after another to prop up your favourite players.

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I'd say thats a decent amount of games to be at the top tier in sv%. You need the gp to be considered for the Vezina, but thats still pretty impressive for a guy that's had nothing but doubt throw at him his entire career.

 

If he can somehow unseat Jones in the playoffs, I just might be rooting for SJ to win the cup.

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