The Sharks have been suffering more than normal in the injury department and now they will deal with a short term loss of another player. Ryane Clowe will miss at least a week with a lower body injury.
Clowe had what Sharks general manager Doug Wilson described as a "minor procedure" on Wednesday morning, but the procedure will not have an effect on Clowe’s postseason availability.
While Clowe rehabilitates, the Sharks have called up Ryan Vesce from Worcester. Vesce may be on the opposite end of the size scale, tapping in six inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter, but Vesce does provide a scorer’s touch if McLellan decides to use him in the lineup.
Vesce is Worcester’s leading scorer and registered a 17-game point streak earlier this year.
The rookie forward did walk into some great timing. Having only played two games in the NHL, he will likely be around for the team photo on Friday morning.
As for Clowe and other like him on shelf, McLellan has an idea on the amount of games he would like to have them in before the playoffs.
“I’d like to get three games in at the least,” said McLellan.
ROENICKLIFE.COM Jeremy Roenick’s web site, roenicklife.com, recently raffled off a trip to San Jose to meet J.R. and to have a fun weekend. The winner is flying down from Idaho and received free airfare, tickets to the Sharks and Stars Saturday affair and a photo opportunity with Mike Modano. Then there fact they will get to meet J.R. for a locker room tour.
Roenick has not spoken with the winner yet, but has been in touch via email and will be on site to greet the winner when he arrives.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Aubri Brown Foundation. The charity was started by former Sharks player Curtis Brown and helps family deal with the loss of infant children, a difficult situation that Curtis and his wife went through.
Roenick has been busy in a lot of areas lately. On the Sharks February trip to Boston, Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick heard the golf course he grew up playing was on the market. Now he owns the property.
“For an opportunity like that to come up is just unbelievable,” he said Friday by telephone from San Jose, where he’s waiting for another shoulder injury to heal so he can join the Sharks for the NHL playoffs. “I grew up playing at that golf course. It was always one of my favorite places. I never could have thought that one day I’d be in position to buy it.”
ON FIRE When the Sharks were down three goals to Phoenix and rallied to tie the contest before falling in the end, there were some very positive signs happening.
“I thought Joe (Thornton) played with more will than skill and we know how skilled he is,” said McLellan. “Patty (Marleau) was flat out determined.”