When it came time for Niclas Wallin to sign as a free agent this summer, the big blueliner looked no further than his current address. But now, Wallin actually gets to have an address of his own in San Jose. After being acquired last spring, Wallin kept his family in Carolina to finish school and spent his California time living in a hotel or with a teammate. Now the whole family is ready to head west.
“We have to put our house on the market,” said Wallin who is currently in San Jose prepping a place for next fall.
“We’ll be there Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and leave Thursday to go back to Sweden,” said Wallin. “We’ll be getting the kids registered for school.”
The Stanley Cup winner, who has only played with San Jose and Carolina, says his entire family is ready for the adjustment of being in a new city.
“They are very excited and pretty pumped up, but a little nervous,” said Wallin.
The decision was a simple one for Wallin even though veteran presences like his are always popular with general managers. Wallin liked what he saw in the organization and they liked what they saw with him.
“Things couldn’t have been better with the organization and the people,” said Wallin.
The advancement to the Western Conference Finals also showed Wallin that another long playoff run could be in the cards.
“The team did a lot to get there - the ultimate goal is to win the Cup,” said Wallin. “All the young guys will have another year of experience. I’m really looking forward to the year. To win, there is nothing like it.”
Wallin is looking forward to a complete year in Todd McLellan’s system.
“It will be good to be there from the start of the season,” said Wallin. “(The system) is different than I was used to.”
Wallin also hopes to be healthy as a nagging injury limited his playing time in the postseason.
“I was hoping the Olympics would give me a chance to heal, but I came back and it got worse,” said Wallin.
For the next two months, Wallin simply go home and relax with his family. His Swedish home is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Stockholm where the Sharks will open the season.
“It’s about a 12-hour drive north, (you’ll) probably have to show me where some things are there,” joked Wallin about the European season opener. “I’ve got kids and we want to go home and see the family.”
The next two months are for relaxing and then Wallin will come back to San Jose in a much better setting than last spring as he will have his entire family with him. Then the Sharks family will get a chance to see a healthy Wallin in action.