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Moore's wife undergoes cancer surgery

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--C Dominic Moore released a statement on June 5 saying that he missed the last two games of the first-round playoffs series against St. Louis to tend to his ailing wife.

"Towards the end of the 2011-12 season, my wife, Katie, began feeling ill. We visited with local doctors, who suggested running a variety of tests to ascertain the cause of the issue," the statement read in part. "Ultimately, Katie was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and it was recommended that she undergo surgery, which took place in California in April. While it was disappointing to not be able to compete with my Sharks teammates in the playoffs, my wife's condition and care come first and I want to thank the Sharks organization, my teammates and their families for the love and support that has been shown to Katie and I during this difficult time."

--D Marc-Edouard Vlasic was forced out of the IIHF World Championships after he injured his right leg while skating for native Canada against the United States. Vlasic sprained his MCL, but the knee will not require any surgery. With almost four months before veterans report to training camp in September, the damaged ligament should have adequate time to heal with rest, general manager Doug Wilson suggested.

--While coach Todd McLellan is expected to return, that might not be the case for several of his assistants. Jay Woodcroft has taken heat for the team's 29th-ranked penalty kill. Matt Shaw was McLellan's other assistant. Speculation has ranged from ex-Sharks defenseman Bryan Marchment, development coach Mike Ricci, scout Dirk Graham, or a member of the coaching staff at their AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., as possible replacements.

--Tickets to comparable seats for a Sharks game next season will cost more if they're located in the end of the rink where the home team shoots twice. "We've structured our seating so it's priced higher for the attack end and not as high for the non-attack end," executive vice-president for business Malcolm Bordelon said. "It's far and away the preferred location for fans of all walks in life and has become a common process around the league." Bordelon said 15 other NHL teams have a similar system in place and others are expected to make the change this summer, all part of the variable pricing trend in pro sports that factors in supply and demand in establishing price. The price gap depending on which end zone the seat is in will be $1 to $4.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I don't think it will finally go away until training camp. That's just the reality of it. It's tough still watching teams play. You wish you were playing. We're not used to being out after going to the Western Conference (Finals) two years in a row, so it's difficult. But you realize you can't make it every year and we're just going to be that much more hungry next year." -- C Joe Thornton, putting the first-round playoff exit into perspective.

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