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Marc-Edouard Vlasic guarantees that the San Jose Sharks will make the playoffs and addresses the Evander Kane fiasco. (Le Journal de Quebec)

This article is in French, so to assure 100 percent accuracy, I asked my good friend and native French speaker Jeremy Ventuso to translate Vlasic’s quotes:

“Chaque fois qu’on me demande comment j’entrevois la prochaine saison, je dis que ça ne peut pas être pire que l’an dernier. Par contre, j’avais aussi dit ça l’an passé et finalement ç’a été pire que l’année d’avant ! Deux années sans faire les séries, c’est inacceptable pour nous. Lors de mes 13 premières années, on a fait les séries et on a été compétitifs jusqu’au bout. Cette année, on n’a pas le choix. Si on rate les séries trois ans de suite, ça va exploser à San Jose. On est allés chercher de bons vétérans de profondeur. On va faire les séries”

“Each time they ask me how I see the next season, I say that it can’t be worse than last year. However, I also said that last year and in the end it was worse than the year before! Two years without making the playoffs is unacceptable for us. During my first 13 seasons we made the playoffs and were competitive until the end. This year, we don’t have a choice. If we miss the playoffs three years in a row, things are gonna blow up in San Jose. We went and got some good veterans with depth. We are going to make the playoffs.”

“Il y a une différence entre être bon sur papier et être bon sur la glace, tempère toutefois le #44 des Sharks. Il faut que tout le monde arrive et accepte son rôle, accepte qu’il ne marquera peut-être pas 50 buts, mais qu’il va apporter autre chose à l’équipe. Si on fait ça, on va avoir du succès. Dans les dernières années, je pense qu’on n’était pas sur la même longueur d’onde. Chaque joueur faisait ses trucs sur la glace et il n’y avait pas vraiment de cohésion.”

“There’s a difference between being good on paper and being good on the ice. Everybody has to show up and play their role, accepting that he might not score 50 goals, but that he will bring something else to the team. If we do that, we will be successful. In recent years, I think we weren’t on the same wavelength. Each player was doing his own thing on the ice and there wasn’t really any cohesion.”

“Il y a toujours eu des controverses l’entourant depuis qu’il est avec nous et c’était le cas quand il était à Winnipeg aussi. C’est une histoire triste pour sa famille et lui. Personnellement, ce sont ses affaires à lui et c’est à lui de les gérer avec notre boss (le directeur général Doug Wilson). S’il revient, ce ne sera pas une distraction dans le vestiaire tant qu’il arrive à l’aréna et fait ce qu’il doit faire pour aider l’équipe. Le reste, c’est personnel et je souhaite à sa femme et lui que tout se passe bien.”

“There have always been controversies surrounding him [Kane] since he’s been with us and that was the case when he was in Winnipeg too. It’s a sad story for him and his family. Personally, I think that’s his business and it’s up to him to manage that with our boss (general manager Doug Wilson). If he comes back, it won’t be a distraction in the locker room as long as he shows up to the arena and does what he has to do to help the team. The rest of it is personal and I wish him and his wife all the best.”

As San Jose Hockey Now reported on Monday — it’s now confirmed — Ivan Chekhovich has signed with HC Torpedo:

Corey Pronman ranks the San Jose Sharks 22nd in his NHL Pipeline Rankings. (The Athletic)

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