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Sheng’s Daily Links: Imagine Erik Karlsson & Sandis Ozolinsh on Same Blueline?



Sandis Ozolinsh, Erik Karlsson
Credit: Trading Card Database

Day 2 of San Jose Hockey Now went even better than the first! I honestly can’t believe the amount of support that you guys have given me, especially in a time when San Jose Sharks news is scarce. Thank you so much!

But scarce or not, we’re forging ahead and offering you the best Sharks content possible. Yesterday in a SJHN+ subscribers-only exclusive, Lukas Radil spoke candidly about asking for a trade, what went wrong with the Sharks, the realities of being a bubble NHL player when you’re 30, and his post-season scuffle with Aaron Dell. Then, we counted down the top-five UFA signings in San Jose history.

Also, you can listen to Part Two of my appearance on the Locked On Sharks podcast, where we talk about Ryan Merkley’s chances of making the NHL next year.

In other Sharks news…

Original Shark and ex-San Jose assistant coach Rob Zettler shared stories about the Cow Palace and Doug Wilson. (Teal Town USA)

Around the league…

Sean McIndoe asked, “Which NHL team can build the best six-man starting lineup of players from six different hockey nations?”

Here’s my Sharks line-up, based on McIndoe’s rules of three forwards/two defenseman/one goalie and at least one player each from Canada, Finland, Sweden, USSR/Russia, and the United States: Joe Thornton (Canada), Joe Pavelski (United States), Teemu Selanne (Finland), Erik Karlsson (Sweden), Sandis Ozolinsh (Latvia), and Evgeni Nabokov (Russia). Even with a diminished Selanne and Karlsson — we’re only counting the player’s performance with that particular team — that’s an offensive juggernaut! Imagine Karlsson and Ozolinsh sharing a blueline — or don’t if that’s better for your heart. (The Athletic)

The very plugged-in George Richards takes an educated guess on the final composition of the Florida Panthers’ play-in roster. (Florida Hockey Now)

Tuukka Rask revealed that he’s been practicing with a broken finger. (Boston Hockey Now)

Dan Kingerski broke down how Montreal has pressured Pittsburgh this season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Nazem Kadri has been cooped up for too long. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Emily Kaplan on two UMass Boston hockey teammates who are inline skating from Massachusetts to Michigan to raise money for the American Cancer Society. (ESPN)

Carter Hart left Philadelphia Flyers scrimmage early and didn’t return. (The Athletic)

CCM Hockey teams up with Akim Aliu to promote inclusion and diversity. (NBC Sports)

Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, and Artemi Panarin are your Hart Trophy finalists. (NHL)

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