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Brent Burns vs. Connor McDavid in funny, destructive ‘shooting competition’

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Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid might be bland during interviews, but given the right time and place – and maybe, the right company – he shows that he can be fun, too.

You really can’t ask for much better company than San Jose Sharks defenseman/wildebeest Brent Burns, so kudos to CCM for putting together these great “shooting competition” spots.

The “CCM Carnival” features the two players aiming at a variety of amusement park-themed targets, with some great barbs thrown back and forth. Burns says that he’s heard all about McDavid’s speed, but what about his accuracy?

McDavid gets the better of the milk bottle portion, but the two stars evoke “Beavis and Butt-Head” in their wanton destruction of plates here:

(Someone, somewhere needs to make sure that “McDavid losing popcorn” moment becomes a situational GIF.)

The two continue the carnival theme with Oilers and Sharks teddy bears, along with a dunk booth moment that should be savored:

It’s sort of like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson bonding while filming a Converse sneaker commercial, only it doesn’t really seem like McDavid and Burns ever really hated each other (or even “sports-hated” each other).

In less comical Sharks news, the team added Brandon Mashinter via a one-year contract on Monday. Mashinter’s second stint with the Sharks will likely serve as either a depth forward on the main roster or a guy who would serve as a reliable call-up from the AHL.

No word on how well he can shoot at milk bottles.

(H/T to Fear the Fin.)

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Patrick Marleau thanks San Jose with full-page newspaper ad

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Shortly after Patrick Marleau signed a three-year contract in free agency with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this summer, the San Jose Sharks took out a full-page newspaper ad in the Mercury News thanking Marleau for all of his contributions over the past 19 seasons.

This weekend Marleau returned the favor and took out a full-page ad of his own to thank the city of San Jose and the Sharks.

The ad included a statement Marleau made on social media following his departure from the Sharks.

That statement:

“Since June of 1997, San Jose has been my home, where my dreams of becoming an NHL player came true when I was drafted.

“During the last 20 years, I have had the unprecedented fortune to continue to play for this organization, make lifetime friendships, work with the best training staff, meet my wife and start our family, and play in front of incredible, enthusiastic fans. San Jose will always be my home; where my children will grow up, and the Sharks will always hold a special place in my heart.

“I have always felt appreciated and supported by everyone here and I want to thank you all — every one of the teammates I’ve had. Doug Wilson and everyone in the Sharks organization, training staff, current and past coaching staff, (owner) Hasso (Plattner), and all of the other past and present owners of the team, fans, friends and the people in this wonderful community.

“Without every single one of you, I would not have had the career I have had so far, and I know that.

“You all have my deepest respect, admiration and gratitude.”

During his time with the Sharks Marleau was not only one of the best players in franchise history, but also one of the most productive players in the NHL. In 1,493 regular season games with the team he tallied 1,082 points (508 goals, 574 assists) while his 68 playoff goals were the most in the NHL from the time he entered the league.

The Sharks were never able to win a Stanley Cup with Marleau, but they reached the Western Conference Finals four times and made the Stanley Cup Final during the 2015-16 season.

Now he moves on to Toronto where he will be joining one of the best and most exciting young teams in the league.

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Golden Knights troll San Jose about Sharks blowing leads in Stanley Cup playoffs

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The San Jose Sharks tried to get playful on Twitter this week, but the Vegas Golden Knights were having none of it.

Touting 100-degree weather in California, the Sharks showcased their forecast side by side with temperatures from Las Vegas, suggesting that somehow the heat gave them a preseason edge over the NHL‘s newest team.

But Vegas refused to ignore the jab, replying with a shot at San Jose’s inability to finish in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here’s your friendly reminder the Sharks blew a 1-0 series lead and a 3-1 Game 5 advantage against the Edmonton Oilers in April. Back in 2014, they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round. 

Vegas 1, San Jose 0. What a start for the Golden Knights.

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Poll: Are the Sharks still serious Stanley Cup contenders?

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This post is part of Sharks Day on PHT…

The San Jose Sharks are just two seasons removed from their first and only trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately, they were unable to take down the Penguins in that series.

The roster hasn’t really changed since then, which can be good and bad.

The biggest change happened this summer, when Patrick Marleau surprised the hockey world by leaving the Sharks to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Even at 37 years old, Marleau still managed to score 27 goals last season. There’s no doubt that they’ll miss his production and experience.

Joe Thornton, who was also a free agent this summer, decided to sign a one-year deal with the club. Thornton is still productive, but like Marleau, his numbers have come down (seven goals and 50 points in 79 games). The veteran also underwent knee surgery in April, after his team was eliminated from the postseason.

San Jose didn’t spend big money to lure any free agents this off-season, but they did open up the vault to sign goalie Martin Jones and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to huge contract extensions that will keep them in San Jose for a while.

Also, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture are both back. They were San Jose’s two most productive forwards in 2016-17. Don’t be surprised if they’re the go-to guys up front this year too.

The supporting cast will be made up of some talented players that will be looking to bounce back.

Mikkel Boedker‘s first year as a Shark was a disaster. The speedster managed to score just 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games. The team will be hoping for year two to go a lot smoother than year one. Tomas Hertl, Jannik Hansen and Joonas Donskoi will also be counted on to help shoulder the load offensively.

The Sharks are in pretty good shape on defense. Brent Burns, who led the team in points (76) and was tied for first in goals (29), is the key figure back there. Over his last three seasons, he’s had 60, 75 and 76-point seasons. It’s entirely possible that he puts up similar totals next season.

Vlasic, Paul Martin, Justin Braun, Brenden Dillon and Dylan DeMelo round out the top six. Again, that’s a pretty solid group.

Last spring, the Sharks were bounced in the opening round of the playoffs by the Edmonton Oilers. It was a huge disappointment considering they were just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup the previous year.

Was it just an off year, or has the window closed on the Sharks?

Alright, it’s your turn to have your say. Vote in the poll below and feel free to leave your opinion in the comments section.

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