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SJHN Podcast: What Still Grinds Dan Boyle’s Gears?



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.

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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