When Devin Setoguchi rejoined the Sharks last week after another brief exile to the minors, the next-happiest guy was Torrey Mitchell.
"He's got all of his stuff in my apartment," Mitchell said.
"Even when I'm down there, I still pay my half of the rent," Setoguchi countered.
Setoguchi, 21, has split his season between the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, Mass. He can do without the less-than-lavish features of minor-league hockey.
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"The bus is a little bit different than a charter plane," he said.
It's been a rookie season filled with remarkable highs and lows for the right wing, the eighth player picked in the 2005 draft.
In October, Setoguchi became the first Shark to score two goals in his NHL debut. Three times this season he has scored twice in a game, including last Friday at Detroit in his first game back. He has 11 goals and four assists in 33 games for the Sharks.
Yet, Setoguchi has done three tours with Worcester. He's the first to admit he has been inconsistent.
"The one thing you learn quickly is to never get too comfortable because there's always someone ready to take your spot," he said.
So far, so good. With the rookie playing on Patrick Marleau's line, Setoguchi's speed seems to have re-energized the embattled Sharks captain. In Monday's 6-4 win over Montreal, he assisted on Marleau's opening goal with a nifty pass between the legs of a defender.
"Great pass, great play, great creativity," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said.
PANTHERS 5, PENGUINS 2, at Sunrise, Fla. -- After leading Florida to two 1-0 wins, goalie Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots in the victory over Pittsburgh.
RANGERS 4, ISLANDERS 1, at Uniondale, N.Y. -- Scott Gomez deflected a shot past Islanders goalie Wade Dubielewicz for a big goal in the third period.
AVALANCHE 1, DUCKS 0, at Denver -- Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Colorado won its fifth in a row.
MAPLE LEAFS 8, BRUINS 2, at Boston -- Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period for Toronto.
FLYERS 3, LIGHTNING 2, at Philadelphia -- Jeff Carter scored his second goal with 1:54 left in the third period, and Philadelphia snapped a five-year, eight-game home losing streak against Tampa Bay.
HURRICANES 3, WILD 2, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist for Carolina.
CANADIENS 4, COYOTES 2, at Glendale, Ariz. -- Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov and Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the third period as Montreal rallied.
WELCOME BACK -- The Chicago Blackhawks will welcome back long-estranged Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita tonight when Chicago hosts the Sharks. They haven't been close to the team for decades.
The move by senior vice president Bob Pulford to an executive position within the Wirtz Corporation after the death of team owner Bill Wirtz opened the way for their return.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.