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KING REPORT

Roenick's Finger Still Painful

January 25, 2006|Joel Greenberg | Times Staff Writer

SAN JOSE — Center Jeremy Roenick, who has been out since having finger surgery about five weeks ago, said he hopes to be back in the lineup in about a week.

However, before skating Tuesday morning, Roenick acknowledged that the finger "hurts whenever I shoot. Any vibration hurts."

Nevertheless, his shots seemed to have some zip during his skating session.

He said that once he works out some tightness resulting from scar tissue in the finger, he expects to play.

"This riding the [stationary] bike, then going for a skate ... I'm going stir crazy," Roenick said. "I feel like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day.' "

Defenseman Aaron Miller, recovering from a back injury, skated Tuesday morning as well.

No official timetable has been set for his return.

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Your attention please: Shark penalty on No. 737, Team Charter. Twenty thousand dollars for noise infraction. Time of the penalty: 11:30 p.m.

The city of San Jose is threatening to sue the San Jose Sharks' charter carrier for $20,000, claiming the carrier has repeatedly broken the San Jose Airport's 11:30 p.m. curfew.

According to the city, the team has landed after curfew 10 times over the 2003-04 season and the first half of this season.

The Sharks counter that they usually land at Oakland and bus home from there when flying back from late games, but that occasionally it is necessary to land at San Jose because of team schedules.

The two sides might meet this week to try to resolve the issue.

The Kings arrived in the Bay Area about 1 a.m. Tuesday. They landed in Oakland.

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Despite King goaltender Mathieu Garon's outstanding play recently, at least one Shark was unhappy to see Garon on the bench Tuesday as a backup to Jason LaBarbera.

Jonathan Cheechoo, the Sharks' top goal scorer with 26, said that as a right-hand shot, he would rather be facing a right-handed catcher such as Garon.

"Most goals are scored to the stick side," Cheechoo said.

A right-catching goalie holds his stick in his left hand, he explained, theoretically giving right-handed shooters a better chance to score.

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