Woodridge, Ill. -- A year ago, new San Jose Sharks coach
Just months after Marleau bunny-hopped out of the way of a
After the Presidents' Trophy winners' crushing first-round loss to Anaheim last spring, McLellan had a change of heart. He has unceremoniously stripped Marleau of the C. The Sharks have not yet named a replacement, but the potential candidates include: veteran defenseman
Marleau's demotion -- think of a guy getting his stripes ripped off in one of those old war movies -- effectively ends his time in San Jose. Theoretically he can stick around -- Modano did in Dallas when he ceded the C to
"Pat is great," a somber Pavelski said Tuesday. "This isn't going to take anything away from the kind of character (player) he is. He is probably going to have to come out stronger after something like this. Or (he'll have to go) elsewhere . . . When something like that happens, it's not just Patty. This could be a wakeup call to the team. I feel just as bad for him because I could have done more."
On the subject of captains,
The former Habs captain,
After the departure of 10 unrestricted free agents, including
Meanwhile Toronto GM
The 47-year-old said he had an offer from former Red Wings assistant coach
Chelios in Russia -- gee, start the Doomsday Clock.
The defenseman wouldn't stay for an entire season even if he did make the journey, but obviously he would like something closer to home. (In any case, his family will remain in Detroit.) But while no NHL team seems interested in his services, Chelios says he has heard from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. If no playing job emerges in next several months, he has an invitation from coach
After the Stanley Cup final,
Crosby is losing zero sleep over this, but Pittsburgh Penguins teammate