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Marleau: Remarks that Sharks aren’t tight-knit not ‘a big thing’

Jun 25, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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Like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau is already on record as saying he wants to stay in San Jose. Both of them have no-movement clauses and after consulting with each other, Marleau thinks that the two will start the 2014-15 campaign with the Sharks.

The team’s under pressure to make changes though after their first round collapse to the Los Angeles Kings boiled over frustrations stemming from years of disappointing showings in the playoffs. It sounds like there are Sharks players that want to see changes too, as some of them told Sharks GM Doug Wilson that the team was a group of “co-workers and not teammates,” per CSN Bay Area.

Marleau said it’s something they’re looking at and acknowledged that you can get more out of a tight-knit team, but he also doesn’t “see it as a big thing.”

“Obviously, you want to have a close-knit team,” Marleau added. “I think there are certain things that we can do as an organization to make that happen, whether it’s going out and having a get-away together, and team bonding. Things like that.”

Either way, Marleau is eager to get back into the playoffs in the hopes that 2015 will be the year that the Sharks redeem themselves.


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  1. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Just my opinion, but I think it is a big deal, especially in a sport like hockey. Professional or not, it’d be only natural to fight and try harder for “My buddy Dave” than it is is for “Dave, that guy who works in accounting, I think.”

    • ibieiniid - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      i think he’s more saying that “it’s not a big thing” in terms of it being not a hard thing to fix. just my take from reading the linked article.

    • gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Yeah…and that kinda explains a lot about how the team reacted to Vlasic going down to injury from a cheap shot. It wasn’t their brother going down….it was the guy from accounting. That lack of dedication and commitment to their teammates is painfully obvious.

      • puckoff70 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        Vlasic didn’t go down because of a cheap shot. It was a roughing that’s all and a penalty was called. The loser coach tried to turn it into something it wasn’t – a blatant rough that concussed Vlasic. If you watch it again you’d see the rough in no way could’ve caused a concussion. Vlasic probably tore something or sprained something in practice but lousy coaches like McClellan are surrounded by drama rather than playing the game honestly. Sharks are a loser and McClellan is the reason, hes also responsible for the team not being tight.

  2. iowa02 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    It might be smart for Wilson to use a bit of a filter from here on out. I am all for not BSing but he is destroying any dynamic that the team already had.

  3. gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    If that is truly the case, that he thinks he will start the season with Joe on the Sharks….then we will all be here 11 months from now saying, “Marleau and Thornton disappeared in games 5-7 again and we lost in the first round…again. Management must address this problem”. So many years of statistics do not reverse themselves. It clearly shows the type of players they are….and performing up to their abilities when the pressure is on is NOT their strength. A bigger problem…is it appears to rubbing off on Pavs and Couture…and the rest of the team.

  4. gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Marleau’s playoff stats since 2006 playoffs.

    96 playoff games – 41 goals, 31 assists, -10
    in 15 game 6 & 7’s – 1 goal, 2 assists, -7

    Thornton’s playoff stats since 2006

    97 playoff games – 18 goals, 64 assists, -17
    in 15 game 6 & 7’s – 3 goals, 3 assists, -9

    Love them for their regular season and non-pressure packed playoff games. But don’t expect them to be there late in a playoff series to help the team win.

  5. gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Going back even further…..

    Marleau’s career playoff stats.

    147 playoff games – 60 goals, 43 assists, -11
    in 21 game 6 & 7′s – 1 goal, 3 assists, -9

    Thornton’s career playoff stats

    115 playoff games – 21 goals, 70 assists, -28 (wow)
    in 18 game 6 & 7′s – 3 goals, 3 assists, -14

    What isn’t getting through to the majority of fans and management? I understand the fans…most have never played sports at a competitive level and don’t understand how pressure effects players (those that can handle it and those that can’t)….but Doug Wilson??? Now….I know he was never a big game performer himself…so maybe he can’t see that attribute in a player either. I don’t know….but these types of trends are concrete…and thinking they are going to reverse themselves is idiotic.

    • gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      I missed Thornton’s playoff games in the late 90’s with Boston….but they don’t change the results at all.

  6. mcflower29 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    shark fans will have to endure at least 3 more years of regular season success followed by a monumental choke job.

  7. gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Combined…Marleau and Thornton….in the FINAL game of the playoffs (the elimination game, when it all matters)

    29 combined games…
    2 goals
    1 assist

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Wonder how those results compare to Captain Serious and Patrick “the incredible stick handler” Kane;)))

      (I know it’s a video link, but at least it’s at least about hockey and not Elvis)

      • puckoff70 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        Didn’t help him against the kings. The little guy is big time overrated just force the lil’ sissy to the outside into the boards and he’s irrelevant.

  8. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Sharks need a new captain and that player is not on the roster. And can Thorton let the new captain lead and except he’s no longer the alpha male in the locker room. Marleau and Thorton need to realize the way they lead hasn’t gotten the job done and get on board with whoever is the new Captain. Pavs and Logan aren’t quite ready to be Captain, but are close.

    • gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      That’s the problem with Thornton…he’s alpha male on the outside…but on the inside he’s not. He is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

    • upper90cheese - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Jumbo Joe lost his mojo when Lindros broke his face.

      • gohawks7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Don’t remind me….Lindros should have been a Shark.

    • supr49er - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      No, I think Pavs will make a great Captain.

  9. bennydabeata - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Do the Sharks choke every year in the playoffs? Yes obviously. But they were a game away from beating the eventual champions. I’m all for bonding but blowing the team up and rebuilding isn’t necessary just yet.

    • gohawks7 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      It’s not that they were 1 game away….it’s HOW they lost the 4 games. As soon as LA turned up the physical play and became intimidating….SJ folded. After they lost game 4 I knew the series was over. It’s a very similar story every year…as long as they are playing “regular season” type hockey they do well in the playoffs. But as soon as it gets rough, say goodnight.

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