The big reunion tonight is the Carolina Hurricanes’ Brent Burns coming back to SAP Center, but there are other important reunions too.
There’s Steven Lorentz, acquired from the Canes for Burns. There’s assistant coach Ryan Warsofsky, who the San Jose Sharks hired from the Carolina organization.
Warsofsky was the Calder Cup-winning Chicago Wolves head coach.
Now we knew that new San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn coached Ryan’s brother David Warsofsky. David Warsofsky, a defenseman, played under associate head coach Quinn at Boston University in 2008-09.
But Quinn revealed a funny, er, wrinkle recently: “I’ve known the [Warsofsky] family forever. His mom and dad used to come to all the big games when I was a player because his mom and dad were great friends with Mike Sullivan’s family. And [Ryan] and I are close, I’ve known his family since 1986.”
Ryan Warsofsky was born in Oct. 1987, so that means Quinn knew his-now assistant coach as a baby.
“It ages me, believe me,” the 56-year-old bench boss laughed.
San Jose Sharks (0-2-0)
There was some concern that Timo Meier and Mario Ferraro wouldn’t play after both missed practice yesterday, but Quinn confirmed that they’ll play.
Alexander Barabanov, who’s getting close, will not. Neither will Scott Harrington, who was officially sent down to the San Jose Barracuda, but apparently called right back up.
Quinn has said that he liked how the San Jose Sharks played in the back leg of their Prague trip, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the exact same line-up.
This is how they lined up on Saturday:
#SJSharks lines in Prague rubber match, big changes, Kahkonen starts, Megna and Svechnikov in:
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 8, 2022
James Reimer will start tonight.
Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-0)
This is how Carolina played in their season opener, but they will be missing Ondrej Kase tonight.
The #Canes line rushes ahead of their season opener against Columbus:
Teravainen – Aho – Jarvis
Svechnikov – Kotkaniemi – Necas
Stastny – Staal – Fast
Martinook – Stepan – Kase
Slavin – Burns
Skjei – Pesce
de Haan – Chatfield
— Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) October 12, 2022
#Canes forward Ondrej Kase is returning to Raleigh to be evaluated for a possible concussion.
— Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) October 14, 2022
Where to Watch
The San Jose Sharks will take on the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center at 7:30 PM PST. Watch it live on NBC Sports California. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.
If you’re coming tonight, check out the list of events:
— Jonathan Becher (@jbecher) October 12, 2022
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