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Report: Sergei Samsonov to get a tryout with San Jose (Update: Maybe not)

Aug 21, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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Sergei Samsonov didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he may be getting a shot to come back.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports according to his agent Igor Larionov, Samsonov will get a tryout with the San Jose Sharks, but there’s a catch.

For him to get a chance to show what he’s got left there needs to be a training camp to try out in. If the NHL locks out the players, the chances we’ll see training camp decrease each day it goes on. As it is, the CBA expires on September 15 which is right about when camp would begin in the first place.

Samsonov last played in the NHL in the 2010-11 season with the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers scoring 13 goals and adding 27 assists. The Sharks may be hoping Samsonov can find old chemistry with fellow former Bruin Joe Thornton and give them a needed, and inexpensive, offensive lift.

UPDATE (4:09 p.m. ET): According to’s Joe Haggerty, Samsonov’s actual agent Neil Abbot says there is no training camp deal with the Sharks as of yet and that his client is speaking with many teams.


  1. ballistictrajectory - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Note to new D-men. Samsonov will stickhandle until he loses control of the puck. No contact needed.

    • jasol20 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Also has the ability to skate circles around them. Or at least he used to. If he still has the skating ability, I’ll definitely be interested to see how he plays in a return to the NHL this year.

    • sabatimus - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Precisely why the Bruins traded him. He jockstraps HIMSELF.

  2. sjsharks66 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Good idea Wilson. You took a chance on Handzus. Since that worked out so well let’s take a chance on someone else who can crash and burn.

    I know this is just training camp, but he could eventually be on the team. Especially since the 3rd and 4th line are all messed up.

  3. sharkcity408 - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Yea but Handzus has a very good reason why he flopped. A close friend of his died in that Lokomotive plane crash. He gets a one year slide in my book. But only one

  4. derekjetersmansion - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Samsonov!?!?!?! I was way off.

  5. sjsharks66 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    As tragic as that is, the same thing happened to Malkin.

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