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Sheng’s Daily: Guns & Sharks

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A young Chris Pronger or Paul Kariya in a San Jose Sharks uniform?

It’s not complete fantasy, as the Sharks entered the 1993 NHL Draft with the second-overall pick. Alexandre Daigle went first, so San Jose had their pick from the litter: Sharks Eastern scouting supervisor Ray Payne wanted Pronger and director of professional scouting Tim Burke wanted Kariya.

Find out how San Jose ended up with Viktor Kozlov:

Ray Payne Wanted Chris Pronger, Tim Burke Wanted Paul Kariya in 1993 NHL Draft

Also, check out how I voted on the 2020 NHL Awards:

My 2019-20 NHL Awards Ballot

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Sheriff of Santa Clara County Laurie Smith is under investigation for her part in allegedly taking bribes in exchange for Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permits. Essentially, donors to her campaign were reportedly about 14 times more likely to receive CCW licenses between 2014-2018 than non-donors.

According to NBC Bay Area, only 62 of 749 Santa Clara County applicants received a permit between 2014-18. Of these 62, two are current San Jose Sharks players, though neither player officially contributed to Smith’s campaign.

Even if the Sharks players, as non-donors to Smith’s campaign, aren’t involved in bribing Laurie Smith, how did they get their hands on these hard-to-obtain permits? Is this is an example of, at minimum, preferential celebrity treatment? Or is something else amiss?

San Jose Hockey Now reached out to both the San Jose Sharks and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for comment. The Mercury News had the latest on this developing story.

Is Jimmy Howard an option for San Jose? (Locked On Sharks)

RFA Tony Sund signs elsewhere:

Around the NHL…

Adrian Dater thinks Nathan MacKinnon got the shaft once again from Hart Trophy voters. That includes me, I guess, as I had MacKinnon fourth. (Colorado Hockey Now)

What would the Buffalo Sabres trade for Matt Murray? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Boston and Vancouver Canucks have had recent trade talks. (Boston Hockey Now)

Tom Callahan’s thoughts on the NHL Awards. (Vegas Hockey Now)

For San Jose Sharks fans, the end of Tampa Bay’s Game Two victory over Dallas must have been surreal:

Speaking of Joe Pavelski, he’s in some hallowed company:

In really hallowed company:

By the way, Pavelski accomplished the feat in 23 games, Maurice Richard in 10, Brett Hull in 23, and Wayne Gretzky in 15.

Anton Khudobin considers Sharks goaltending coach Evgeni Nabokov a mentor. (The Athletic)

Stamkos on deck? The star forward participated in morning skate but didn’t play in Game Two. (NHL)

Luke Fox on the league’s top buyout candidates — perhaps surprisingly, no San Jose Sharks appear on his list. (Sportsnet)

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Gary To

The Pav vs Goodie faceoffs were certainly surreal when watching last night…sigh. I would say a hard NO on Howard, I listened to the podcast, I felt like Kyle was simply arguing for the sake of arguing on this subject haha. He’s not an upgrade whatsoever.

Gary To

Totally agree. I would go Dell before Howard.

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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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