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San Jose Sharks Sign Manny Malhotra, And Who Is A Better Fit With Thornton And Heatley?

San Jose Sharks FC Sharks Fan first reported, and was confirmed on NHL Home Ice, that “Free agent Manny Malhotra, a 29-year-old center who has spent the past five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is about to become a Shark, according to an NHL source. He normally plays center and since the first two lines are set, and Nichols will play the fourth line, he would be penciled in on the third line. I know Mitchell has not played yet because of tendonitis in his knee. Maybe the injury is more severe than first reported or they switch him to right wing to take the place of Cheechoo. Third line would be McGinn, Malhotra, Mitchell.”

Speaking of line-ups, when discussing the Dany Heatley trade (which they think is a GREAT trade for San Jose), one of the guys on NHL Home Ice suggested that the problem with the Joe Thronton-Heatley-Devin Setoguchi line is that Heatley and Setoguchi are two shooters, and that Thronton and Heatley would be better served if the other wing was a guy willing to get in front of the net - someone like Ryane Clowe. Imagine Sharks fans, Thronton (6′4″, 235lbs), Heatley (6′4″, 221lbs) and Clowe (6′2″, 225lbs) comprising one beast of a line totalling 681lbs of humanity (or 309 Kilos for our Canadian readers!), hammering away at opponents’ top lines. Our second line would be a faster, more agile line of Patrick Marleau-Joe Pavelski-Setoguchi, running circles around the competition. Throw in Dan Boyle cheating from the blue line….*whew* - drop the d#@! puck already!

FC Sharks Fan is also reporting that Direct TV has dropped Versus from their line-up, which means you’ll miss the Sharks first game! Call customer support and complain NOW!

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5 comments for “San Jose Sharks Sign Manny Malhotra, And Who Is A Better Fit With Thornton And Heatley?”

  1. I have already called Direct TV and canceled my Center Ice subscription. I asked if they would still have the games televised thorough Center Ice if the games were televised on Versus (like last year) and they said no. It does not make sense to pay the entire subscription for just 3 Sharks games. I guess I’ll have to go to a bar to watch the 4 Versus games. It sucks that it is the first game of the season. Direct TV and Comcast, which owns Versus, are still trying to work out a deal but I’m not hopeful it will be completed by October 1st.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | September 17, 2009, 10:47 am
  2. Wow that really does suck. I am glad I am on on Direct TV (even though the NFL Sunday Ticket would be nice). Let’s get this season started already!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | September 17, 2009, 2:22 pm
  3. NHL Home Ice reported that Direct TV and Versus are in negotiations, and that management understands that there is a deadline looming. They do say, however, that they don’t think they’ll reach an agreement before the start of the season.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | September 17, 2009, 3:14 pm
  4. Direct TV is offering compensation for losing Versus. If you call they will give you 3 months of Showtime free or half off of Center Ice. Also confirm you get channel 698-Comcast Sports Net California. That is the new station for Sharks games, not 696. Some packages do not have 698 and you would have to order the sports package. Direct TV will also cut you a deal on that.

    Posted by FC Shark FanNo Gravatar | September 17, 2009, 6:33 pm
  5. For once, I’m GLAD I have Comcast!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | September 18, 2009, 12:20 pm

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