Home is where the heart is and for the Sharks rookie blueliner Marc-Edouard Vlasic
, that is Quebec. Soon however, the 19-year-old will have a home in San Jose. Until this point, he has been staying at the team hotel, but upon returning from the upcoming road trip, Vlasic will be moving into a house.
Vlasic did not buy his own residence, but instead the Shark has found the NHL version of a billet for him. Vlasic will be moving in with a Bay Area family to help his transition to San Jose.
“I’m doing it in two weeks, when we come back from the road trip,” said Vlasic.
Unlike most 19-year-olds, Vlasic has many more pressures than the average teenager and he simply wants to focus on the business at hand.
“I just want to concentrate on hockey this year,” said Vlasic. “Everything will be taken care of. I’m going to meet them when we come back from the trip and maybe move in the next day.”
And what is Vlasic most looking forward to at his “home”.
“I won’t always be ordering room service,” said Vlasic. “The hotel was nice, but it will be nice to get out. I’m looking forward to it.”
And so is Vlasic’s mom back in Quebec.
“She likes the idea,” said Vlasic.
Sitting next to Vlasic, Josh Gorges laughed that he was willing to take in the youngster if…
“I would just have him do the dishes,” said Gorges.
With young players, numerous living arrangements have occurred with the Sharks. Last season Milan Michalek lived with a family and Steve Bernier moved in with Patrick Marleau
Due to junior eligible rules, Vlasic knows he will remain in San Jose for the entire season, but for Gorges, he was eligible all last season to go down to the AHL.
“I wasn’t here until December and I was in the hotel until mid-February,” said Gorges. “Then I stayed at Clowe’s apartment when he was in Cleveland. It’s tougher when you don’t know if you’re going to be here the whole year.”
DAVISON TO THE IR; BROWN TO SIT ANOTHER
Sharks blueliner Rob Davison is now on the injured reserve list with a groin injury. Center Curtis Brown will likely miss a second consecutive game with a sore back.
“Brownie will not play today,” said Ron Wilson. “He should be fine for L.A. He hurt it (his back) in the Rangers game on a faceoff in the second period. He could play, but we don’t want him to suffer a setback.”
The Northwest Division-leading Minnesota Wild will be at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. battle that will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.
Minnesota won the previous match-up at the Shark Tank and San Jose will be looking for a little revenge.
“We knew when we played them before, they were a good team,” said Mark Bell. “They play a really frustrating game.”
Yet Bell knows what San Jose must do to change the results.
“You have to outwork them five-on-five,” said Bell. “You have to beat them to the front of the net and outmuscle them to the puck. The little things will win the hockey games.”