With the opening of a free agency on Wednesday, e San Jose Sharks Dive head in search of new potential players to add to the organization. The team opened the morning with a bang by replacing veteran defender Brent Burns and forward Lane Pederson. Carolina Hurricane In exchange for forward Stephen Lorenz, goalkeeper Eetu Makiniemi and the selection of a third round is conditional on 2023. Later in the day, the Sharks acquired forward Oscar Lindblum, after being given a waiver for acquisition purposes by Philadelphia Players.
Following the acquisitions, both Lindblum and Lorenz sat down with the media to discuss arriving in San Jose, what they will take from their former teams and how they fit into the franchise that general manager Mike Greer is building.
Here are the highlights of what they had to say:
On his decision to join the sharks: I talked to them really well, it just felt good from the beginning. It felt right to sign there, and I’m really happy to do so.
Other interested groups: I just talked to my agent and he told me about some groups, but I could not really say I felt like going to one group over another. It felt pretty good to go to the sharks. Like I said, I’m happy to be here, and I think we have something good going on here. Some young guys, some older guys.
About buying by the flyers: It felt weird. You know, you never want to be sold by a group that stays one year. After that happened, I started thinking about it and realized it could be a good thing for me to start over. It will feel amazing to start over with the sharks. In my last two years, I have not been where I want to be, so I feel it is time to step it up now and reach the level I want to be.
On his game entering San Jose: After the treatments and everything, my strength and muscles were not the same, and that was two years ago. I feel like I’m going back to the same level I was. It was hard mentally, trying to grind and get through it all, but a fresh start is good for me.
On how it fits into Greer’s group: I want to be a guy who brings it to the team every night – I play both ways, try to play good defense and offense, so I feel like that’s what most teams want. I hope I can bring my best game to the team and help them grow and get better.
About his game definition: I think [protecting the puck] This is what you want to see from any player. This is probably one of the better parts of my game, so I want to try to build on it and help the team defend the grout.
I think I mostly want to get better at being physical – being faster, stronger. At the same time, you always want to work on your skating and your shot every day. This is not new, you just try to get better every day, do the right things and stay professional – that’s the only thing you can do.
On getting to know the current players: Well, they have the Swede Eric Carlson there, so maybe I’ll talk to him and see what he says about the place.
About what he will take from his time with the Flyers: I mean, there were a lot of things – it’s always your first game, the first goal, stuff like that. When I came back from cancer, it was a great night. I have a lot of memories and a lot of good teammates, the fans were great to me. I can not say anything bad about Philly and I loved my time there. I just have to look forward to starting a new episode in San Jose.
Joining sharks: I’m super excited. Obviously the trade happening today was a bit dumb for me – I did not really expect something like this to go down, but at the same time, it is a new opportunity for me. I was just part of Carolina’s organization, so I’m excited for a fresh start and I can not wait to get there. I know there’s a good core group of guys out there right now, but I know there were some frustrations going into the organization with the new CEO. It looks like they’re going in a different direction, and I’m excited to be a part of it.
On his game entering San Jose: I think I bring a lot of energy and tenacity. When I played in the Carolina system where I learned to be an NHL player under Rod Brindhamore, it was all a matter of battle level, intensity and competition. As long as you have done these three things, it does not matter if you have made mistakes, one way or another. Mistakes happen in a hockey game, that’s part of it. As long as you worked on your ass and put in as much effort as you could, things would fall into place. I think I do a good job that night and night quite consistently. I’m excited to get to the team with a good core team of guys and a good and young potential customer base who are willing to come in and play night and day. I can not wait to contribute to this.
One thing I would like to do is see my offensive side start to blossom a little more. In Carolina, I didn’t really produce as much as I would have liked on the results page, but at the same time, I was just going to go out and play my game.
About Brindamore: Rod, he preached so many things – he was a coach he would never ask you to do something he had never done in his career as a player. He has never asked you to do too much, he will never make you step out of your comfort zone too far, but he will challenge you in all the right ways. He knew which buttons to press, and knew how to get the most out of each player. I may have spoiled getting into my NHL career from such a coach, but he really taught me the discipline and value of every shift and change and what it means to be a full-time NHL player.
It’s just the battle and the consistency. Every team in the league has talent, it’s just the will and drive of players who know that if you want to win, you have to go do it and prove it. He just got the best out of his players. Sure, there could be nights off and injuries, these and that, but all the guys in our locker room wanted to go through a wall for him. If you have all 20 guys pulling the same rope in the same direction, you have a very good chance of winning every night. That’s maybe what I want to bring with me, this culture. I haven’t really talked to a lot of guys on this team, I don’t really know many, but I am excited to join the organization and bring what I have learned so far in my short two years to the table.
For his part in Trade Burns: I grew up watching him play. He’s been a part of the shark organization for so long and the stories go backwards. I just want to warn you, I can not grow a good beard like Brent Burns. But yeah, I almost grew up admiring guys like that, and he’s clearly a huge player with an impressive career. Legends of these sharks like Patti Merlot, Joe Thornton, I watched all these guys play as they got older. You always seemed to be running the later playoff rounds and the Sharks were there for a good few years – they had a really good team there. It has not even really sunk in yet, to be a part of such a deal – I would have been happy to be his teammate, but at the same time, I hope Borenzi succeeds in the rally, I think he will love it a lot. There’s a great culture and a great group of guys. Everything’s pretty cool.
On what he will take from his time with the hurricanes: It’s so fresh I didn’t even have time to sit back and ponder, but it was part of me to go back to the recruiting period. I’re been part of the organization since 2015. They gave me every opportunity to join the team – I was a draft pick in the late round, and they told me year after year of my draft year everything I needed to do without promising me anything. They guided me along the way, and there were so many great people who helped me, so I’m grateful to win over these guys and the work they put in to make me an NHL player and the person I am today. It’s not only the things you learn on the ice, but also off it – how to carry yourself as a professional since you are looked at by the public and children. You just learn how to deal with each and every day as an NHL player.
I will be forever grateful for my teammates, the coaches – the list goes on. In the Calder Cup we won in Chicago, a lot of these guys have moved to other organizations as well, so it’s pretty weird that I’m one of the last guys who were part of those Calder Cup teams or the years we had some good and young prospects in Carolina. I’m just really excited about the opportunity – I’ve said it several times already, I’ll keep saying it, it’s just so fresh in my mind. I would like to think I’m a pretty loyal guy, I played in the same small team, in the same young team, and I was only part of one NHL team, so I’m going to come in here and give San Jose everything I have. I’m just a writer, a writer excited to start things.
* Easy editing for clarity.
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