The blades were sharpened, the sticks were taped, and your San Jose Sharks faced the press after their first day of practice.
Many of the same faces that ended the 2012-2013 season were on the ice, with the sole exception being Tyler Kennedy, the 26-year old forward signed in the offseason from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Captain Joe Thornton looked happy as a clam when he answered questions in the locker room. When asked about newcomer Kennedy, Thornton praised his competitive nature as well as his ability to shoot the puck. He also stressed that although he should fit well in the Thornton-Burns line, it will take time to get familiar with one another’s style of play, just as he is still learning about Brent Burns' habits.
Speaking of Burnzie, all signs point to Coach Todd McLellan keeping him at forward. He was the burst of energy and physicality that San Jose was desperately lacking when they went through that dreaded rough patch in the middle of the strike-shortened season. Unless there is an unexpected breakout from one of the prospects coming into camp, there is no reason to believe Burns will be anything but a forward for the majority of the season. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Sharks veteran winger, Patrick Marleau was also excited for training camp to be underway. He was happy to see his teammates and regain the chemistry he had with Logan Couture and Raffi Torres and made it clear that the Sharks goal this season is to win the elusive Stanley Cup. The Sharks were a hot/cold/hot last season, and they are eager to learn from their past mistakes and regain the chemistry the team developed at the end of last season. The main goal is to come back to camp hungry, focused and aggressive.
Stay tuned to see what is in store for the rest of training camp, and of course, opening night on October 3rd with rekindled rivals, the Vancouver Canucks.
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