Does Kevin Labanc now regret taking that below-market one-year, $1 million dollar contract last summer?
“At the time, the best thing for me was to take a discount, do the best that I can to help the team get to the playoffs. Obviously, it didn’t happen,” Labanc told San Jose Hockey Now. “But that’s the goal. We all want to see Jumbo win the Stanley Cup.”
We caught up with Labanc for a SJHN+ exclusive yesterday — the 24-year-old winger also talked about being USA Hockey’s last choice for their U17 team, his favorite Dale Hawerchuk saying, why the San Jose Sharks season went south, and his thoughts on the Hockey Diversity Alliance.
Tim Heed was also in the news yesterday, as HC Lugano announced his signing. The door isn’t closed on Heed returning to San Jose or the NHL, however.
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In other San Jose Sharks news…
According to HC Oceláři Třinec’s Instagram (and Czech reporter Lucie Kyselica), the San Jose Sharks have agreed to allow prospect Josef Korenar to “temporarily join” the Czech Extraliga side. However, “negotiations on a contract are currently underway,” so it’s not finalized yet:
Speaking of goaltending, Cole Anderson joined Locked On Sharks to discuss how the San Jose Sharks should help Martin Jones:
Today, @ice_cole_data explains what he would do to help build up Martin Jones.
🦈 Get someone to split the games
🦈 Focus on the defensive structure in front of Jones
— The Content Boyz (@LockedOnSharks) August 20, 2020
Around the NHL…
How much longer will Mike Sullivan last in Pittsburgh? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Nathan MacKinnon looks back at how the Avs have progressed from his rookie year to now. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Emotional series against former team comes to a close for Barry Trotz. (NYI Hockey Now)
Cam Neely talks again about Tuukka Rask’s departure. (Boston Hockey Now)
Which of their many free agents should Florida try to keep? (Florida Hockey Now)
The Sharks show up way too often in Sean McIndoe’s list of the most painful first-round upsets in the cap area. (The Athletic)
The futures of Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden are in doubt after “unacceptable” playoff exit. (Sportsnet)
Brendan Gallagher is out for the rest of the first round. (NHL)
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