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McLellan gets tough with sinking Sharks

Mar 17, 2013, 8:25 PM EST

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The San Jose Sharks were put through an intense workout Sunday, after a 5-2 loss to the L.A. Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, the night previous night.

Head coach Todd McLellan was clearly frustrated with his team’s performance, and so he put this players through battles drills the next day, according to San Jose Mercury News reporter David Pollak.

“He wasn’t happy and nobody in here is going to be upset that we got yelled at,” Adam Burish told the San Jose Mercury News.

“We’re adults. We’re pros. You know if you did your job or you didn’t. Sometimes you deserve a little ass-kicking and then you move on. Guys handled it, guys responded.”

Those guys might get an even larger shake-up, as the trade deadline approaches.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson is reportedly working the phones and pending unrestricted free agents Ryane Clowe, Michal Handzus and Douglas Murray are available to be moved.

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Good luck trying to unload that pile of crap.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Bout time. This upcoming game will be the biggest of the year for SJ!

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Maybe Wilson should not have gotten Handzus to begin with. He makes terrible moves. He trades Seto and a prospect for just TJ.

    Not looking forward to what he tries to do. I honestly wouldnt be surprised if he was talking to the Flyers about Clowe and Murray. Just because the Flyers out of all teams are in the same boat as the Sharks.

  4. polegojim - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Good on the coach. The Sharks have had perennial talent enough to win one.. or more Stanley Cups.

    Their current situation isn’t about talent or coaching… it’s about a lack of heart and leadership on the ice.

    Pure and simple.

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Im retarded. Disregard that last comment about Seto. I was not paying attention when i wrote that. I meant he gave up Mcginn.

    • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      YES AND NO …

      Not about you being retarded, as you’re self-correction is a definite sign of “good” people! :) With the Sharks however, things aren’t as clear cut. On the one hand, they’re undeniably a “talent-laden” team which is not performing up to par. Yet you also have to consider that the Pacific Division is arguably the “toughest” division in the entire league. Except for lowly Dallas, every other team in this division is a “legitimate” Stanley Cup contender this year, including the Sharks themselves and of course our glorious and “reigning” Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings! :) On the other hand, the Northwest Division is like some sick ward where the predatory Canucks have had free reign to to “run riot” for years … though that may now be changing thanks to Parise and Suter. Same goes for the Central Division, which now sees Chicago as the bully “feasting” on it’s meek and lowly peers. As for the teams of the Eastern Conference? Well, while they get most of the media attention while always trying to appear “big &tough” etc, in reality they’re nothing but a “harmless” cluster of flowers. They know absolutely nothing about travel or hardship. And apart from Lundqvist and Price, in general Eastern Conference goal-tending is “appalling” and almost “road hockey” like, with pretenders like the Flyers, Caps, Penguins, Bruins and Leafs being prime examples.

      The bottom line is that while the Sharks should perhaps be concerned, they also need to temper their concern with the knowledge that they’re playing in the “absolute” best and toughest division in the entire league. It’s almost a given that this year’s Stanley Cup champ will again be a WC team (ie: let’s hope it’s LA again eh?). And from that there’s probably a 95% likelihood of it being one of the excellent Pacific Division teams … the San Jose Sharks included! :)

      GO SHARKS !!!

      GO PACIFIC DIVISION !!!

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Wow!! The Kings finally win a cup after 40 years and you act like they have won 20. 1 cup in 40+ years of existence. ONE!!!!

    • sjsblitz - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Ya was gonna say Seto for Burnzie. We all still miss Ginner

  6. thewaytonever - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    hello we should all miss Guch, Ginner, Winnik, Malhotra, Heater. the list goes on. Don’t know if anyone noticed but Charlie Croyle is going to be pretty good too. Wilson is garbage.

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