Sharks notes: Mitchell to Bulls; Hertl scores

Sharks notes: Mitchell to Bulls; Hertl scores
December 31, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell has joined the minor league San Francisco Bulls, and will suit up for San Jose’s ECHL affiliate on Wednesday when it hosts Colorado at the Cow Palace.

After five seasons with the Sharks, Mitchell signed a three-year, $5.7 million deal with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason. His deal was overshadowed (to put it mildly) by Minnesota’s acquisitions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

“We know how much of a fan favorite Torrey was with San Jose. We expect Bulls fans to feel the same way when they see him play at the Cow Palace,” Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said in a press release.

In 76 games with San Jose last season, the 27-year-old Mitchell had nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points. His inconsistent season led to him being pulled from the lineup on a number of occasions in the second half of the year, and his departure this offseason as a free agent was not surprising.

Ryane Clowe continues to practice and act as an assistant coach for the Bulls.

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Sharks 2012 first round pick Tomas Hertl scored one of the biggest goals of the World Junior Championships so far when his overtime marker lifted the Czech Republic over Switzerland, 4-3.

Hertl, taken by the Sharks with the 17th overall pick at the entry draft in June, scored on a wraparound to vault the Czechs into the medal round where they will take on the USA on Wednesday at 1:00 a.m. PST. The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network.

Hertl has a goal and two assists in three games so far. Sean Kuraly, the only other Sharks prospect playing in the tournament in Ufa, Russia, has a goal and an assist in three games for Team USA, both of them coming in a 8-0 defeat of Germany.

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Sharks captain Joe Thornton’s HC Davos dropped a 7-2 decision to Team Canada in the Spengler Cup final in Switzerland. Defenseman Jason Demers was among the players on Canada’s roster, which was stacked with NHL players like Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron.

Thornton’s teammates for Davos included the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and Loui Eriksson of the Dallas Stars.

Thornton helped Davos to a Spengler Cup during the last lockout in 2004. In 30 games with Davos this season, Thornton has eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points.

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The relocation of the NBA’s Nets to Brooklyn has helped spark a surge in NBA apparel sales, as fans in the Big Apple and all over the country are eager to don the simple black and white colors of the club that’s partially owned by rapper Jay-Z.

According to one analyst, the Nets’ sales are comparable to when the San Jose Sharks burst onto the scene with their teal, black and white sweaters.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this for a new franchise,” said Matt Powell, who tracks such things for SportsOneSource (via the Portland Business Journal). “Maybe the closest thing would have been way back when the San Jose Sharks first came out and had the teal color.

“That’s probably the only team launch that ever generated this kind of interest, and it’s not anywhere close to where it is with Brooklyn.”

The article goes on to say that team merchandise sales are starting to pick up across the board – not just in the NBA.

Perhaps its time for the Sharks to ditch those outdated black third jerseys for a retro teal sweater from the early 90’s? Just a thought.