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Sheng’s Daily: Thornton to Toronto (Again)?

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Many happy returns for the San Jose Sharks?

Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto are back!

We heard from Marleau, Nieto, and Doug Wilson yesterday — Wilson was interesting, acknowledging his roster construction mistakes earlier this year and revealing a little bit about how the San Jose Sharks might play next season.

Marleau, Nieto & Wilson Talk About Joe Thornton, Mistakes Made

Sharks Bring Back Marleau, Nieto

And who are the best UFAs left?

The Best Free Agents (Sharks) Money Can Buy!

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Aaron Dell is headed to Toronto:

Will Joe Thornton join him? It’s the rumor that never dies, but according to James Mirtle, some Maple Leafs players have reached out to Thornton urging him to join them. I dug into it a little bit — and I’m hearing this is a real possibility. It doesn’t mean it’ll happen, of course, as Toronto is up against the cap:

Around the NHL…

A lot to unpack here from Jimmy Murphy: Because of injuries, both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are likely to miss the projected January 1st season opening, but Jeremy Jacobs may be preventing Don Sweeney from getting help…

Source: Increasing optimism for the 2020-21 AHL season

In-Depth: Alex Pietrangelo Goes Gold

Noah Dobson’s Time is Now After Islanders Trade Devon Toews | NYHN+

Is Brendan Gallagher on the block? What’s the latest on Tyler Johnson? (TSN)

Scott Burnside has a terrific piece taking us into the Carolina Hurricanes war room during the Draft and free agency. (The Athletic)

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi’s mounting financial difficulties lead to more furloughs. (The Athletic)

An interesting piece by Jack Han about why Soviet hockey ignored “handedness fetish” when putting together units and how it benefited them. (The Hockey Tactics Newsletter)

How Meghan Duggan transformed hockey and those around it. (The Athletic)

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Sheng’s Daily: A New Look for Sharks

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Curious how the San Jose Sharks might maximize Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns’s talents? How Phil Jackson and the triangle offense can apply to the Sharks? How to use analytics the right way?

San Jose Hockey Now spoke with incoming San Jose associate coach Rocky Thompson about thse things in a wide-ranging interview:

Rocky Thompson: “Leave analytics out of the locker room.”

Also, we talked to USA Hockey National Team Development Program associate coach Nick Fohr about San Jose Sharks second-round pick Thomas Bordeleau.

Fohr shared Bordeleau’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, discussed Sasha Chmelevski’s flawed-but-improving skating, and revealed what Kevin Labanc’s USNTDP teammates gave him a hard time about:

USNTDP coach Nick Fohr on Bordeleau’s Hockey IQ, Chmelevski’s Skating, Labanc’s Confidence

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Around the NHL…

What a bargain! Calgary signs UFA Josh Leivo to a one-year, $875K contract. (Flames Nation)

Jeremy Colliton tells Chicago vets, about the re-build: “They need to help on this.” (Chicago Tribune)

Which head coaches will receive extensions? (The Athletic)

Haggs And Murph: Will The Boston Bruins Write The Next ‘Rebuild Letter’?

Dater’s Daily: Devon Toews contract situation explained

Matt’s Net-Front Presence: Penguins Should Pursue Veteran Backup for Tristan Jarry

Islanders May Already Have Internal Pieces to Improve

Could Dahlstrom Compete For a Spot on the Blueline?

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Sheng’s Daily: It’s a Trap!

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Conor Sheary, Erik Haula, Mikael Granlund? Which UFAs are the San Jose Sharks talking to?

BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

The Locked on Sharks guys and Sie Morley discuss who San Jose’s 3C will be next year:

Who’s Best Option for Sharks’ Third-Line Center?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Evander Kane’s 10 travel essentials:

Teal Town USA called B.S. and San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher confirmed these purported “reverse retro” jerseys are fakes…too bad!

By the way, the original California Golden Seals-inspired design is from Chris Fortier.

Around the NHL…

The NHL postpones the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend for the 2020-21 season. (NHL)

That’s cheap: Dmitry Kulikov signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. Another example of how tough the UFA market is right now — The Hockey Code projected Kulikov at $2,991,125 for one season. He was also a top-four defenseman for Winnipeg in 2019-20, albeit not a particularly good top-four defender.

Bruce Cassidy Has Accepted That Zdeno Chara May Not Be Back

BREAKING: Pepsi Center to be renamed Ball Arena

Front office shakeup continues as Eric Joyce leaves Florida Panthers

Winter Classic, ASG Postponed: February Start To Follow?

Future Islanders? Three Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Keep an Eye on | NYHN+

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Sheng’s Daily: Why Do Less Women Work in Sports Radio?

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What do statistical profiles say about the NHL futures of Lean Bergmann, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Alexei Melnichuk?

Erik Fowle fills us in:

Deep Dive into San Jose’s Prospects, Part 6: NHL Regulars?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys tell us more about Thomas Bordeleau:

Get to Know Thomas Bordeleau

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Rocky Thompson tells Jason Gregor some of his offensive philosophies. How will these ideas apply to the San Jose Sharks? (Oilers Nation)

Around the NHL…

Justin Bourne breaks down how Joe Thornton can help the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Why do so few women work in sports radio? (The Athletic)

Haggerty: It’s no secret the salary cap situation is hurting the Boston Bruins

Team president says Bill Zito making needed changes to Florida Panthers

2nd Annual PHN’s Penguins GM for a Day Contest!

Video Game Review: NHL 21

Vegas Hockey Now Notebook

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