January 18, 2012
Murray learned trade from Hannan
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
SAN JOSE - After college, San Jose Sharks blueliner Douglas Murray was all set to learn everything he could from Scott Hannan, who was one of the premier shutdown defencemen in the NHL before the lockout.
Then, they changed all the rules, taking away one of Hannan’s best moves.
“I know the one thing he had to change — his infamous push the hands with his stick,” Murray said with a laugh Tuesday before playing against his former mentor, who played parts of eight NHL seasons with the Sharks but now toils for the Calgary Flames. “He probably misses that one today. That one was deadly. Nobody could get anywhere.
“That was something actually I remember coming up as a young guy here I tried to put in my game. Then, the lockout happened and that was out of the game. I never got a chance to perfect that. He used to put his stick right on the hands of the guy as they were coming down the wing — Lidstrom did the same thing. Not a slash, not a hook — just a push on the hands.”
Hannan, who returned Tuesday from an upper-body injury that kept him out of four games, admits he used to get away with a lot.
“The hooking, the holding … you got away with a lot of little things,” said the 32-year-old d-man. “Especially, you don’t want to say it, but depending on how many minutes you played you kinda got away with a little more.
“There was definitely a big adjustment period (after the lockout). Guys were able to survive by trying to quicken up their footspeed and play more positional.”
ROAD HEAVILY TRAVELLED
It’s been a hell of a comeback trail for Brett Carson.
And he’s done it twice.
After sitting out the first two months of the season nursing a back injury, Flames defenceman Brett Carson hit the minors for a conditioning assignment in early December. He came back to the Flames and played a pair of games but injured himself again in the second one.
So he healed up the new boo-boo and hit the minors again after Christmas for another conditional assignment.
“It was pretty tough — we played seven games in 10 days down there,” Carson said of his second stint with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat after arriving in San Jose just after the morning skate Tuesday. “I’ve been on the road since the 26th of December now.
“It was good to get in the games. It’s exciting to get back here.”
AGAINST THE GLASS
One of the Sharks’ best acquisitions this fall didn’t cost them anything but money. They brought in Brad Winchester on a tryout basis to camp, and he’s played every game this season. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said things might have come a little easy for the former Edmonton Oilers forward after he was drafted 35th overall in the second round in 2000, but he’s had to work for everything in the league since … Sharks C Andrew Desjardins skated Tuesday morning for the first time since he took a shoulder to the head from Columbus Blue Jackets LW Dane Byers last week. Byers was suspended three games, but there’s no timetable for Desjardins. “The fact that he put the skates on and was out there is a step in the right direction,” McLellan said.
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