The Sharks front office is happy with getting a player like forward Jamal Mayers to fit into the roster. On the other hand, Mayers is just as happy to be coming to San Jose.
“It’s certainly very exciting news,” said Mayers from his St. Louis home. “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement and get something done. I’m really excited about fitting in with the group and being part of something special. I’ve just been here in St. Louis in the offseason training and getting prepared for the season and waiting to get the call that a team like San Jose was interested.”
For Mayers, there’s no doubt, a team like the Sharks was at the forefront of his desired locations.
“No question,” Mayers said. “It’s no secret that at this point in my career, having not yet been able to win (the Stanley Cup), it certainly weighed in my decision process and I wanted to go somewhere I thought had the best chance to win. Obviously having played against the Sharks for years and seeing the team they’ve become the last few years is certainly attractive.”
The always discussed noise level of HP Pavilion is also a factor as players prefer skating in front of sold out, loud buildings.
“I’ve always described it as the loudest building to play in,” Mayers said. “I don’t know what it is, whether it’s the energy of the fans or the way the building is shaped. It’s always been a deafening building and I’m very excited to have them on our side.”
Mayers can score, but make no mistake, his penchant is to make life hard on the other team.
“I like to use my speed to get in on the forecheck and be physical, hopefully making it a long night for the opposing team’s defense,” Mayers said.
Off the ice, Mayers will bring intangibles to the table as well.
“I’ll try to lead by example with my preparation and practice habits,” Mayers said. “If things need to be said at the appropriate time, you do so.”
The odd part of Mayers move to the California coast is he doesn’t have much of a tie with people in the organization and has never played on a National Hockey League team with a current Sharks player.
“I guess that’s what happens when you stay with one organization for 12 years,” Mayers said with a smile. “Typically if the player didn’t pass through St. Louis, I didn’t have much contact with him. Trent Yawney (Sharks assistant coach) was here my first year. I know him a little bit, but haven’t seen him in a long time. I don’t know too many guys on the team. I played with (Dany) Heatley (at the World Championships).”
The next step for Mayers and his family may be a quick tour of their new hometown to find a house and enroll the kids in school
“We’re in a bit of a time crunch with out daughter going into kindergarten,” Mayers said. “We’ll try to find a house quick. Come out for a day and then come back to get to know the guys.”