San Jose Sharks legend Dan Boyle joined the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast!
Which NHL coach told Dan: “Grow three inches and gain 20 pounds and you can play for me” (45:24)? Boyle also got into how San Jose Sharks organizational stalwart Roy Sommer jumpstarted his pro career (50:00).
In 2008, Boyle was traded to the Sharks — but he had to waive his no-trade clause first. What other two teams was he seriously considering (56:39)?
Boyle then talks about his stellar San Jose Sharks career. He remembers the 2008-09 Sharks — the President’s Trophy squad that was upset by the Ducks in the first round — as being perhaps the best team on paper that he’s ever played with (1:01:00).
He reflects about how his whole career — a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, a pair of top-five Norris finishes — was an “F you” to the hockey scouting world (1:05:42). What still annoys Boyle, 45, about his now-over hockey career?
Boyle gets into his trying last season with the Sharks: The year started with a dirty Maxim Lapierre hit and Boyle admitted to being afraid on the ice for the first time after that cheap shot (1:17:00).
Closing out his playing career — five years after the fact — does Boyle have any regrets about calling out reporter Larry Brooks (1:22:40)?
Boyle then chats about the present state of the San Jose Sharks — he touches on, from his perspective, how once-elite defensemen can adapt their games to age and decline (1:31:43).
Boyle then wraps up by telling us what he’s up to now and the only Sharks teammate that he thinks could drink him under the table.
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And before we talk to Boyle — Nick Flohr and I chat about the pros and cons of William Eklund breaking camp with the San Jose Sharks.
Here, by the way, is a cute Boyle-Eklund connection. When the NHL was locked out in 2004-05, Boyle played in Djurgardens with William’s dad Christian “Fimpen” Eklund. Courtesy of Fimpen, Boyle autographed this picture for a three-year-old William:
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