May 2, 2012
NHL notes: Sharks owners miffed at early exit
By QMI AGENCY
The owners of the San Jose Sharks are not happy about being ousted in the first round of the playoffs.
But they're not blaming general manager Doug Wilson for another colossal flop.
The Sharks ownership group announced Wednesday that Wilson will remain as GM but is prepared to make "necessary changes" in an effort to win the Stanley Cup.
"The on-ice results of our team this season are not acceptable to our fans, our organization or our ownership group," the owners said in a statement. "We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug.
"The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL's elite franchises."
The Sharks went 43-20-10 to finish seventh in the Western Conference but lost their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues in five games.
There's still no word whether coach Todd McLellan will return in 2012-13, which could make him one of those "necessary changes."
The three nominees for the Hart Trophy are also in the running for the Ted Lindsay Award handed out by the NHLPA.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos -- the three players up for the NHL MVP award -- were announced as the finalists for the Lindsay award, effectively the NHLPA's version of the Hart. NHL players vote on the winner of the award, which used to be called the Lester B. Pearson Award.
Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the award last year. Previous winners include Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
Alois Hadamczik has signed a contract extension to remain as coach of the Czech Republic's national team until 2015. The extension means Hadamczik will coach the Czechs at the 2014 Olympics and 2015 world championship ... The Phoenix Coyotes signed defenceman Mark Louis to a one-year contract. Louis played at St. Francis Xavier University this season before joining the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland in late February ... Former Calgary Flames captain Brad Marsh has embarked on a 90-day, 10,000-kilometre bike ride across Canada to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Marsh's journey started April 25 in Vancouver.