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Not Marchand, Marchant: Ex-Player/Current Sharks Exec Chirps Reporter on Twitter

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On the same day that Brad Marchand took to Twitter to chirp a couple media members, Todd Marchant — now San Jose Sharks director of player development — took aim at Sportsnet reporter Mark Spector.

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Spector, penning a tribute to the Edmonton Oilers’ old home Northlands Coliseum, now set for demolition by 2025, traced the arena’s history after the Oilers moved to Rogers Place in 2016.

For a while, there was hope that Hockey Canada would team up with the Oilers to turn the old barn into a multi-sheet rink with a hockey academy.

“But, alas,” Spector wrote, “like a Todd Marchant breakaway, it fizzled out as the goal line neared.”

Marchant skated for the Oilers from 1994 to 2003, and was known for his blazing speed but was not an elite finisher.

The speedster, however, was quick with a response for Spector:

Marchant included former Anaheim Ducks teammate Chris Pronger in his response, and most importantly, his series-clinching breakaway goal for the Oilers in their upset victory over second-seed Dallas Stars in first round of the 1997 playoffs.

Pronger was all too happy to tag-team the writer, who’s been covering the Oilers for over 30 years.

Players chirping writers on Twitter — I’m a writer, but hey, I’m here for it!

AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…

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IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…

The San Jose Barracuda will host “College Night” at TechCU Arena in February.

The Athletic writes that if EK65 wins the Norris Trophy, it would be different than the first two.

AROUND THE NHL…

Pittsburgh Penguins front office member Brian Burke has some concerns about his team.

Boston Bruins forward A.J. Greer scored, then immediately fought Wednesday night.

The Florida Panthers held an alumni game ahead of All-Star Weekend.

Kevin Hayes will honor his late brother Jimmy by bringing Jimmy’s son Beau to the All-Star game.

Tyler Bertuzzi is an interesting trade piece for the Detroit Red Wings.

By the numbers, here are the best and worst players for the Montreal Canadiens in January.

Rasmus Dahlin replaced injured teammate Tage Thompson for the All-Star game.

After getting traded to the New York Islanders, Bo Horvat feels Elias Pettersson should be the captain of the Vancouver Canucks.

Russians Igor Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin team up at the NHL All-Star game.

The NHL announced what players would participate in the skills competition on Friday — Erik Karlsson won’t be one of them.

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