Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan used Friday’s practice session to reach out to his players in a different format, yet still taught what he wants from them on a daily basis. The players skated a bit, but for the most part, held a meeting out on the ice.
“It’s a change,” McLellan said. “The message we’re delivering right now is either not being heard or not being accepted. Instead of being in here we took it on the ice and put people in different situations and talked about how we’re asking them to handle those situations. They were receptive of it and they thought it was appropriate. The proof will be in the pudding if it helps us improve tomorrow.”
McLellan did not point out the specifics of the meeting, but spoke in broad terms to the media.
“We walked through a lot of things,” McLellan said. “Our foundation as a hockey club, what I believe we do well, what I believe we have to do well to be successful. I thought it was therapeutic and healthy for our club. If we can put it into play tomorrow, we’ll be better for it.”Logan Couture
stepped onto the ice for the first time since taking a knee-to-knee hit two games ago.
“It felt better than I thought it would,” Couture said. “Being off the ice a couple of days, you feel it. There is something about this game, when you are off the ice for a day or two, you feel like you haven’t been on it for a year. It was good to get out there and get the hands back and shoot the puck.”
There is no time frame on Couture’s return, although he is listed as day-to-day.
“I had an opportunity to talk to him while he was skating and he said he felt surprisingly good so it’s a really good sign,” McLellan said. “We’ll see how he is in the morning. We won’t put him in a situation where we risk further injury. On the other side of the coin, he is an important part of our team and we’d like to have him in the lineup.”
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Couture said. “We’ll see what the plan is. I’m not a big fan of watching games. I’ve done that a little bit over my junior career and a little last year and it’s a place I don’t like being. I want to play tomorrow, but we’ll see what happens. The training staff did a great job.”Joe Pavelski
said he felt fine following his return to the lineup.
“It felt great,” Pavelski said. “It felt like a long time. It’s not 100 percent, but we’re playing again, so it’s a good thing.”
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