Bob Boughner, as he has been so often this season, was refreshingly candid in his post-game availability tonight, after a San Jose Sharks 5-4 OT loss that eliminated San Jose from the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
“Last year was a situation where we sold veterans at the deadline and got picks back. This situation this year, a lot of young guys are getting chances, [we’re] calling it a reset,” Boughner said, when asked about his disappointment about missing the post-season.
“It’s not a surprise. When you look around the league at 31 teams, as of right now, I think every team that missed the bubble, last year’s playoffs, is still out. It just goes to show, you don’t flip things around in this league in six months, eight months, or 10 months. It takes time.
“There’s pain involved. There’s some growing to do and that’s where we’re at. We’ve tried to work on certain things this year, systematically, culture, and things like that.
“There’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that are real solid and young guys, but yeah, it’s a situation where you’re going through some stuff and it’s a little disappointing not to be in the playoffs obviously. But we know what the big picture looks like, where we’re going.”
Judging by Twitter’s reaction, a lot of San Jose Sharks fans are up in arms about Boughner’s comments – but he’s not telling any lies. It’s hard to turn any non-playoff team, not just the 2019-20 Sharks, into a post-season squad, and San Jose did not get enough from veterans and youngsters alike this year to turn things around.
Boughner saved his last bullet for a general question about why the San Jose Sharks blew a 4-2 third period lead to Colorado – spoiler alert, Martin Jones surrendered three goals in his last 11 shots of the game.
Boughner has no more fucks to give about the goaltending, on why #SJSharks lost: "3 bad goals. Didn't get a save. You guys watched the game, it's pretty obvious."
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) May 4, 2021
You can see Boughner’s entire press conference here.
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