SAN JOSE — This is Patrick Marleau's 16th training camp with the Sharks, but Thursday morning he wasn't taking a "been there, done that" approach.

"There's still the same excitement for me going into each year," Marleau said as San Jose began its three-week run-up to the regular season. "It's another chance to try and have a good season and win the cup."

Beyond that, he added, "it's also nice to see the guys. A lot of guys go their different ways for the summer and everybody comes back and you get to hear how their summers went. It's always exciting for me."

The one unexpected development as camp opened was Brad Stuart's absence on the ice.

Coach Todd McLellan said the problem was "a little bit of a lower body thing that's nagging him a little bit from the summer workouts. We didn't want to put him in a situation where we set him back at all."

The coach added that "when you're sore or you have some muscle issues, you don't want to go out there on Day 1 of training camp and go as hard you can. We'll manage him properly and look forward to having him back."

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