Has Bob Boughner’s coaching performance warranted him being put on the hot seat?
That’s the question we dive into this week on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast.
Before that, Sheng gives us an update on the San Jose Sharks players in COVID protocol and gives their availability for the upcoming game against Anaheim (2:47).
Sheng prefaces by talking about how Bob is different (in a good way) than other coaches that he’s dealt with (8:15).
What changes has Bob made to establish a successful identity for the San Jose Sharks (14:39)?
Can you fault Bob for implementing an ineffective system in the 2020-2021 season (24:15)?
Then we discuss Bob’s effectiveness in getting the most out of his players, such as Timo Meier, using his signature tough love treatment (28:43).
On the other end, why hasn’t Bob been able to get productivity from Kevin Labanc (37:23)?
We then criticize Bob for his role in last year’s locker room discord (47:13). If Kane was breaking team rules last season, shouldn’t Bob be held responsible for not disciplining Evander enough or even at all?
We wrap up our Boughner talk by highlighting the successes of the penalty kill (55:57) and the disappointment of the power play (1:00:24).
We then conclude by giving our prognosis of the coaching picture and answer whether we think Bob should be on the hot seat (1:07:56).
Finally, we close out the episode by getting into the Christmas spirit with our most loved, underrated, and overrated Christmas movies (1:20:50). What’s Sheng’s problem with “The Polar Express” and “Jingle All the Way”? Meanwhile, I take my shots at “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.
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