Unlike the flight to Europe where it took several days for players to adjust their body clocks, the return seems to have worked much easier for the Sharks. Virtually everyone found a good amount of sleep on Sunday night.
“I slept from 8:30 to 2, was up till 5, then went back to bed till nine (in the morning),” said Dany Heatley.
“I slept well. I went to bed at 11 and woke up at 11,” said Marc-Edouard Vlasic
. “I took a nap yesterday afternoon. Everything is off. A nine-hour time difference is a big thing. I’ll probably be tired later. I just sleep when I’m tired and sooner or later I’ll get back on track.”
“We got in at 6 in the morning and I went to sleep from 7:30-10:30,” said Frazer McLaren. “Then I was up the whole day and went to bed about 10. I was tired at the end of the day.”
The players had an extremely short half-hour practice at Sharks Ice on Monday and will truly jump back into the full swing of things on Tuesday.
“It felt good,” said Marc Edouard Vlasic. “There was a lot of thinking today, but it was good to get back into it.”
“It was a short one today,” said McLaren. “I think Todd (McLellan) knew we weren’t going to feel too good. We had a lot of sitting around the plane and sleeping yesterday. It was good to get the legs awake. It was a tough one out there, but tomorrow will be better.”
McLellan thought the practice went fine as there was a reason he didn’t skate the boys too long.
“It was probably better than we anticipated,” said McLellan. “It wasn’t long. The goal was to get out there moving again and clean out the legs. Engage the mind a little and make them think. It wasn’t a crack the whip practice. We wanted a little bit of tempo, but we weren’t cracking the whip. I think when it was all said and done we were happy with what we got out of it. Tomorrow we’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer.”
McLellan felt if he received an “honest day” out of the club that Wednesday could be another day away from the rink.
So why three in the afternoon for the practice on Monday instead of the usual morning time?
“Right about now is when everybody would go and have their afternoon nap based on how their body feels,” said McLellan. “Now we are forcing them to stay up and they should be away a little longer. Tonight they will go to bed at the regular time.”
And be right back on schedule.