Found September 17, 2012 on Couch Tarts:

As we're all aware, the third NHL lockout in 18 years has begun and so has the battle for our sympathies. The Sharks released this official statement on thier site yesterday. An excerpt:

First off, please know that our fans and partners are our number one priority. Your enthusiasm and commitment to our franchise is unparalleled and something that we do not take for granted.

It's probably just the bitterness talking, but being lumped in with the Sharks business partners makes the message ring very hallow. Yes, these are all cookie cutter things prepared and shipped off to teams to use, but come on guys. You're trying to win us over, right? Try a little harder. Oh, that statment you released? PLEASE. Like I am willing to buy that you didn't want a lockout from day one. You really want to win me over? Stop being a bunch of jerks and let the players play while you guys negotiate. That might help prove to me that you guys give a ****.

Meanwhile the NHLPA released this video, showing the player's side of things. I don't think it will sway anyone who wasn't on their side already, but it's nice to know that when it comes to PR battles, the NHLPA actually cares about production values.

The league really needs to work on their PR department. Maybe try ditching Bettman?

In other news, the Sharks already have a few players headed overseas:

Joe Thornton is heading back to Swizterland, family in tow, to wait out the remainder of the lockout with Davos in Switzerland.

Logan Couture is heading back there as well, as is Rick Nash, thus fulfulling a million HF board dreams by allowing th eline of Thornton, Nash and Couture to become a reality.

Pollak tweeted that Murray is talking with Djugarden, as the current rules ban NHLers from playing in the elite league.

The Sharks say there are no plans for staff layoffs at this time, but who knows what will happen if this nonsense drags on.

16 men were sent to Woostah, none of them Sharks regulars.

Murray on the lockout.

Here's a nice list of players rumored and confirmed to be headed overseas.




Sharks Thornton, Couture to play in Switzerland

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton told that he plans to play in Switzerland as the NHL lockout continues Monday. Thornton will return to HC Davos, the same club he played for during the 2004-05 work stoppage. Thornton has a home in Switzerland. Logan Couture, the Sharks' only All-Star from last season, is close to signing with Geneva in the Swiss League, according...

Where’s Everyone Going

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Eight years ago, during the previous NHL lockout, Joe Thornton enjoyed playing in Davos, Switzerland -- heck, he met his wife there -- and it should surprise no one that he’s headed there again.  "Yes, just because my wife is from there, she has a home there, we go there five weeks in the summer to see her family and I actually train...
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