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Sheng’s Daily: Appreciating Barclay Goodrow’s Stanley Cup Close-out Shift

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It was a big day yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now!

First, we announced our podcast — we’re partnering with Locked On Sharks!

Introducing San Jose Hockey Now’s Podcast!

Look for a fresh podcast pretty much every weekday!

Then, I had fun speculating about Patrik Laine to the San Jose Sharks — would you trade Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns for the 22-year-old sniper?

Speculation: Does Patrik Laine to the Sharks Make Sense?

Around the NHL…

Joe Pavelski has watched Barclay Goodrow grow up.

Back in 2013, Goodrow was finishing up his fourth season in the OHL. The undrafted 20-year-old forward was at a crossroads in his career.

“I was given the option to go the Grand Rapids camp and maybe sign an AHL contract,” Goodrow said, after an impressive stint at Detroit Red Wings rookie camp. “But I figured for my development it would be better to come back to the OHL for one last season and get lots of ice time playing in all situations.”

It was a prescient decision. In his overage season, Goodrow captained North Bay to the OHL Finals. This led to an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

For the next three years, Goodrow bounced between the AHL and the NHL. Meanwhile, Sharks lifer Pavelski was named captain in Goodrow’s second NHL season.

By 2018-19, Pavelski had long etched his place in San Jose Sharks lore. That post-season, Goodrow joined Pavelski, writing his name in stone by scoring the Game Seven overtime goal to complete the 3-1 series comeback against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Last night, Pavelski and Goodrow took the last face-off of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, but on opposite sides.

UFA Pavelski had signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars last summer. Goodrow, now considered one of the top penalty killers in the league, was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the Trade Deadline.

Up 3-2 in the series and 2-0 in Game Six, with just 37.4 seconds between the Lightning and the Stanley Cup, the two ex-San Jose Sharks provided high drama:

There were so many small, excellent plays by the ex-teammates, here are a few that caught my eye:

00:10 Off the draw, Pavelski (16) desperately launches himself into Goodrow (19), allowing Alexander Radulov (47) to sweep the puck back to the point. Dallas gains possession.

00:14 Pavelski stays sorry-not-sorry on the ice, running interference on Goodrow, who’s trying to defend the middle of the ice. This helps open up a shooting lane for John Klingberg (3).

00:19 Pavelski launches himself at another loose puck, keeping the puck alive at the left point. The makings of a miracle, the puck dribbles through three Lightning players, including Goodrow, onto Tyler Seguin’s (91) blade in the left corner. For a split-second, Seguin has daylight and Jamie Benn (14) ready for the one-timer on a 2-on-1. But Goodrow recovers, limiting Seguin’s options and forcing a wild shot that misses the net.

00:28 Pavelski is now at the left point and he gets Erik Cernak (81) to bite on a shot-fake, opening a shot lane. Andrei Vasilevskiy fights off the puck, while Anthony Cirelli’s (71) stick check prevents Seguin from corraling the rebound.

00:35 Goodrow’s defensive positioning — he watches Radulov like a hawk — prevents a direct pass back to the point. There’s just 13.8 seconds left, but Radulov is forced to give the puck to Miro Heiskanen (4) on the perimeter.

00:37 It’s now Goodrow’s moment. Because there’s so little time left, Klingberg hurries a one-timer, right into Goodrow’s shin pads. The puck exits the zone with 10.6 seconds left. There’s just one more puck battle for Goodrow to win:

Also, Pat Maroon makes history:

The Conn Smythe vote was very close:

San Jose Sharks fans haven’t forgotten about Yanni Gourde, who made his pro debut with the Worcester Sharks and later played for the San Francisco Bulls:

A look back at an unprecedented post-season:

But it’s now the off-season — Sportsnet offers 25 trade candidates.

There was actually a trade on the same day that the Stanley Cup was awarded, as Vegas traded Brandon Pirri to Chicago for Dylan Sikura. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Dan Kingerski takes an early stab at projecting Pittsburgh’s 2020-21 lines. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

While Christian Arnold asks what’s next for the Islanders? (NYI Hockey Now)

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Sheng’s Daily: Sharks Will Get Longer Training Camp Before 2020-21

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Last training camp, there were hopes that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich could help the big club. It didn’t work out — and now Chekhovich won’t even appear at the next Sharks training camp, whenever that is.

BREAKING: Ivan Chekhovich Will Play in KHL for ENTIRE Season

The Locked On Sharks boys continue reminiscing about Joe Thornton:

Saying Goodbye to Joe Thornton

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Per Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks and the other teams that missed the 24-yeam playoff will get a longer training camp to prepare for the 2020-21 season. (The Athletic)

Around the NHL…

Mitch Marner reveals what Patrick Marleau texted he and Auston Matthews about Joe Thornton. (CBC)

Chicago admits they’re re-building — and GM Stan Bowman is shockingly transparent about every move they’ve made recently in a terrific interview with Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers. (The Athletic)

Brian Burke on Lou Lamoriello’s rules in an excerpt from his new book. (Sportsnet)

Tom’s Take: Doc Emrick Retires

Islanders TV Voice Brendan Burke Recalls Memories with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick

Crosby Rookie Card Going for $119,000; Sid’s History in Cards

Book excerpt: The night Patrick Roy smashed up Bob Hartley’s office

BHN Roster Projection: An Early Look at Boston Bruins Opening Night

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Sheng’s Daily: Next Offseason Will Be Just As Tough on Free Agents

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“In October 2019, the San Jose Sharks had, by my count, 10 NHL-proven forwards…

“The 2019-20 Sharks finished last in the Western Conference.

“One year later, San Jose has…wait for it…10 NHL-proven forwards…”

A critical look at what Doug Wilson is doing up front with the San Jose Sharks:

What’s Doug Wilson Doing with Sharks Forwards?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys reminisce about Joe Thornton:

Let’s Get Sad About Joe Thornton Leaving San Jose

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Speaking of Patrick Marleau, Thornton told Tim and Sid how his long-time San Jose Sharks teammate sold him on Toronto. (Sportsnet)

Around the NHL…

The IIHF revealed the 2021 World Junior Championship schedule. They’re hoping to start play on Christmas. (IIHF)

Pierre LeBrun made an excellent point, essentially, the next off-season will also be really tough on free agents because of how a shortened season and a limited audience will affect hockey-related revenue. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, and Dougie Hamilton are among the more intriguing UFAs next off-season. (The Athletic)

An Ode To ‘Doc’ Emrick Upon His Retirement

The Matt Grzelcyk Gamble is a Key One for the Boston Bruins | BHN+

Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

Dater’s Daily: Tyson Jost needs one more good chance

Keegan Kolesar Signs 2-Year Deal with VGK

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Sheng’s Daily: Dubas on Why He Wanted Thornton in Toronto

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Joe Thornton talked on Sunday and San Jose Hockey Now was there.

Joe Thornton Lost the Faith — Doug Wilson Hasn’t

Joe Thornton: “I need to win a Stanley Cup.”

Joe Thornton as a Shark: A Hockey Card History

Last week was also the 102nd anniversary of Hamby Shore’s death. Here’s why it matters:

Remembering Hamby Shore

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Thornton does plan on moving his family back to the Bay Area whenever he retires. (Kevin Kurz)

Kyle Dubas on why he’s bringing Thornton to Toronto. (TSN)

Around the NHL…

NHL agents debate the pros and cons of the UFA interview period. (The Athletic)

The Jets are at a crossroads with Patrick Laine. (Sportsnet)

“Adapt or die”: Scouting has been turned on its head for 2021 NHL Draft. (TheScore)

Brian Burke tells some great stories about his worst draft interview (Nail Yakupov) and best bidding war story. (Sportsnet)

Sunday notes: If NHL bubble hockey schedule returns, Colorado Avalanche is potential host team

Why the Ceci Signing was Necessary for the Penguins

Sweeney Says Bruins ‘Waiting for Chara to Initiate…’

If the Florida Panthers are done dealing, here’s how they could line up in 2020-21

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