Tag:Thomas Greiss
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:07 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 5:15 pm

Nash Dash: How would Nash fit with Sharks?

What Nash would look like in San Jose. 

By Brian Stubits

In the days leading up to the trade deadline (Monday, Feb. 27) we're going to keep tabs on the biggest name on the block, Columbus Blue Jackets star and captain Rick Nash.

The list of teams rumored to be in on Nash isn't incredibly long and it's the usual suspects that you'd expect to be in on a big-name, high-priced star like Nash. His wish list -- put into song so wonderfully -- was supposedly five teams long with possible Wild cards in the mix too.

We're going to take a look at each of the rumored wish-list teams and how Nash would fit, looking today at the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks were on Rick Nash's rumored wish list from the moment it was first reported and speaking only for myself here, I didn't anticipate they'd be in the conversation much. It was holding true with most all of the talk surrounding the Rangers and Kings.

Then TSN's Darren Dreger reported not only that the Sharks were definitely in the conversation, they were making a push.

At the heart of the matter, one of the driving forces in the connection of Nash and San Jose is his relationship with Joe Thornton. Nash and Jumbo Joe are good friends. Not to mention they'd make a pretty damn good pairing on the top line. Remember, Thornton helped Jonathan Cheechoo to some ridiculous numbers in San Jose, imagine what he could do for Nash.

The Sharks are still in first in the Pacific, but it's not unfair to say they could withstand for some reinforcements. They are now tied with the surging Coyotes and are only three points up on the offensively inept Kings. With the Canucks and Red Wings pulling away from the pack atop the West, the Sharks are going to need to find a way to go toe to toe if they want to get back to the Western Conference finals and go further.

What it would do is give the Sharks another left winger, a position where Patrick Marleau resides. But that's not a problem, no team will ever complain about having too many left wingers who could play on the top line. As I touched on yesterday, the Kings would love to have that problem.

As is the question with every team that could potentially land Nash, though, is what would it take to get him? Dreger reported the Jackets asked for Logan Couture but were immediately rebuked by the Sharks on that request. Hey, no harm in asking if you're Scott Howson.

It was speculated from Andy Strickland at True Hockey that they could ask for Joe Pavelski too. I said yesterday that I'm not sure even straight up that would be worth it for San Jose, so let me explain a little more here.

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I'm a big Pavelski fan. I really like his game and he's taking it to a new level this season, already at his career high in goals for one season. He is excellent in the face-off circle. Digging into the advanced stats, Pavelski is second among Sharks forward in Relative Corsi behind only Thornton. He's a valuable player. That's not to say all 30 GMs wouldn't pull the trigger on a Pavelski-for-Nash swap, it's just that I was saying you're already starting at a very high price with Pavelski and we aren't talking about a slouch here.

Purely speculation on my end here, I haven't seen this even rumored, but you'd have to wonder if Thomas Greiss would be in the conversation. The Sharks obviously would like to have a good young goaltender around for many years, but Antti Niemi is their No. 1, the guy they have invested in and he's not necessarily an old guy at 28.

Not that there would be any concerns with how Nash would fit with any team, but it's hard to imagine a better fit than with San Jose considering the relationship with Thornton. The question is do the Sharks have the prospects and gumption to pull it off.

One thing that is important to remember in all of this is that Nash will have a serious decision to make. This is a matter of moving to a new home for many years, it's not something you decide on a whim (most of the time). And San Jose has prided itself in being a good home for hockey players. It's little wonder why not many guys seem to leave San Jose.

Here is what Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

“First of all, I didn’t read that story, I haven’t gotten into my clips yet. We don’t talk about other team’s players, and any conversation I do have with a fellow GM would be kept in confidence. Historically, though, one of the most important things we do is make this be a place where players do want to play, and make it an attractive destination for players.”

I've grown skeptical that any team will be able to pull the trigger on a deal before the deadline on Monday and this will drag into the summer. Either way, San Jose sure seems like it could fit well.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:10 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:16 pm

Nyjer Morgan practices with Sharks (video)

By: Adam Gretz

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan, originally a hockey player before focussing on baseball, had an opportunity to take part in a practice with San Jose Sharks, his favorite team as a child, on Wednesday afternoon. During the session he was able to try a couple of breakaway attempts against Sharks backup goalie Thomas Greiss, scoring on one of them. Though, when you see the video it's pretty obvious that Griess kind of gave it to him.

Here's a look at at his day on the ice, as well as some reactions from he and the Sharks.

As we pointed out on Monday, before he was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2002 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates he spent some time in the Western Hockey League playing for the Regina Pats.

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:58 am

Sharks lose Niittymaki for 12 weeks

Antero1By: Adam Gretz

The San Jose Sharks seem to be running out of goaltenders, and due to a couple of recent surgical procedures they could find themselves in a position where their starting goaltender is Thomas Greiss when they open the regular season on Oct. 8 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Antti Niemi's status is still unknown at this point as he continues to recover from having a cyst removed during the offseason, and according to David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News, he's not sure if he'll be ready for the season opener. Niemi, of course, is the Sharks No. 1 goaltender and is coming off a 2010-11 season that saw him finish with a .920 save percentage which resulted in him signing a four-year, $15.2 million contract extension this summer.

If Niemi were to miss any time, his backup, Antero Niittymaki would figure to fill in. The only problem with that is that he will be out of the lineup for the next 12 weeks after undergoing a surgical procedure to help relieve lingering pain from a lower body injury he suffered last season. That means Greiss, a third-round pick by the Sharks in 2004, will get the majority of the work throughout the remainder of the preseason and should, at the very least, open the season as San Jose's No. 2 goaltender, and perhaps its starter if Niemi isn't quite ready.

In 24 games last season Niittymaki recorded a .896 save percentage.

Greiss spent last season playing in the Swedish Elite League with Brynas IF Gavle. He's appeared in just 19 NHL games over parts of two seasons, and most recently played for the Sharks during the 2009-10 season, appearing in 16 games.

Assuming Niemi's injury doesn't linger and he's ready to go early in the season the situation shouldn't be that big of a concern, as the dropoff from Niittymaki to Greiss in the backup role shouldn't be that large, if it's even a drop at all. If Niemi isn't ready, however, the goaltending situation could be problematic in the early going for a team that's won four straight division titles.

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