Since joining the Edmonton Oilers at the end of January, Evander Kane has picked up 28 points in 32 games.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Oilers, San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner commented on the ex-Shark’s success in Edmonton: “I don’t think that was the issue here was his play. I thought he had a great season for us last year, statistically. But, you know, he’s moved on, we’ve moved on.”
Kane’s production with the Oilers comes as no surprise to Boughner.
“He’s playing with some high-end talent, and he’s a good player,” Boughner said. “So it’s a good complement for those guys.”
Following Tuesday night’s game, Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft echoed Boughner’s statement: “I think Evander Kane has been a heck of a hockey player for our team. I think he complements some of our high-end centermen. He brings a physical element to our team, he plays in basically every situation.”
The Oilers are 20-9-3 since signing Kane as a free agent after the San Jose Sharks terminated Kane’s contract in January.
Of course, this might seem like deja vu for Sharks fans.
After acquiring the controversial Kane from Buffalo in Feb. 26, 2018, San Jose went 12-6-1. Kane notched nine goals and five assists in 17 games, resulting in the Sharks re-signing him to a seven-year, $49 million dollar contract.
Let’s see how this story ends in Edmonton.
One story that will probably end in San Jose is Erik Karlsson’s.
In Jun. 2019, the San Jose Sharks re-signed Karlsson to an eight-year, $92 million dollar contract.
Karlsson is still looking to prove that he’s still an elite contributor despite what people may be saying about him.
In a recent Sportsnet feature about the NHL veteran, Sonny Sachdeva documents how Karlsson is displaying a “work smarter, not harder” mentality. It’s a concept that he is working to pass on to future generations of Sharks. The drive to win a Stanley Cup is what guides the defenseman in the rink, but having that ability to turn off the pure hockey part of himself is how he has managed to not overwork himself throughout his career.
“I want to win a Stanley Cup. I want to win more than one Stanley Cup,” said Karlsson. “That’s always been what’s been driving me. And I haven’t achieved that. So, in my mind, I’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’ll try and find the right way to get to where I want to go, and that’s ultimately what it is.”
Erik Karlsson is going to continue to work towards that elusive Stanley Cup, but he knows there’s a best way to go about it, and it isn’t pushing yourself over a cliff physically or mentally.
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IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
San Jose Sharks lose a nationally televised game, now to be broadcast on NBC Sports California. (NHL)
Bob Boughner wants to see Sharks veterans continue to show effort. (Mercury News)
The San Jose Sharks are looking for a boost from their 2020 draft class as they join the organization. (The Hockey Writers)
Corey Masisak’s Sharks mailbag, covering the draft, the prospects, and the overall plan moving forward. (The Athletic)
Ryan Merkley may just need more time (on ice) to develop. (The Hockey Writers)
AROUND THE NHL…
The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Niagara IceDogs general manager/governor/minority owner Joey Burke and head coach/minority owner Billy Burke. (OHL)
Ryan Getzlaf is set to play his final NHL game before the end of the regular season:
The Captain's final NHL game.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 6, 2022
Jack Hughes ruled out for the remainder of the season with an MCL tear. (Sportsnet)
Who to watch in the Frozen Four. (ESPN)
The Humboldt Broncos organization, along with the entire hockey world, will never forget April 6, 2018.
Today, and every day, we remember and pay tribute to the 2017-2018 Humboldt Broncos players, staff and families.
Always in our thoughts and prayers.
— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) April 6, 2022
Jason Zucker and Brock McGinn return to practice for the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Jake DeBrusk is making an impact for the Boston Bruins:
Kurtis MacDermid re-signs with the Colorado Avalanche:
Florida Panthers‘ Keith Yandle’s iron man streek comes to an end at 989 games:
Noah Dobson is impressing with the New York Islanders:
Playoff possibilities for the Vegas Golden Knights:
Long-time Philadelphia Flyers PA announcer Lou Nolan set to be honored before an upcoming game:
Alexander Ovechkin tallies 1,400th point for the Washington Capitals:
Daniella Bruce becomes another voice of the Detroit Red Wings:
The Vancouver Canucks have some defensive depth:
The Calgary Flames lose Sean Monahan to a season-ending injury:
Carey Price is traveling with the Montreal Canadiens, not yet ready to see game action:
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