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Sheng’s Daily: Happy July 1st!

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Happy July 1st (October 9th)!

There’s nobody who’s set up San Jose Sharks fans better for free agency than San Jose Hockey Now. Over the last two months, we’ve pulled scouting reports for 25-plus Sharks-relevant UFAs from NHL scouts.

Curious what the scouts think about forwards Anthony Duclair, Andreas Athanasiou, Vinnie Hinostroza, Nick Cousins, Dominik Kahun, Mikael Granlund, Craig Smith, Erik Haula, Evgenii Dadonov, Carl Soderberg, Jesper Fast, Vladislav Namestinikov, Josh Leivo, Tyler Toffoli, Bobby Ryan, Michael Grabner, Kyle Turris, Alex Galchenyuk, Cody Eakin, Colin Wilson, Conor Sheary, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jimmy Vesey, Mattias Janmark, Michael Frolik, Pat Maroon, Tyler Ennis, Vladimir Sobotka, or Wayne Simmonds?

Defensemen Anton Stralman and Troy Stecher?

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Check out all the scouting reports, including the latest from yesterday, covering Duclair, Athanasiou, Hinostroza, Cousins, Kahun, Granlund, Smith, Haula, Dadonov, Soderberg, Fast, Namestinikov, Leivo, Stecher, and Toffoli.

A Scout’s Take on Duclair, Athanasiou & Other Non-Qualified Free Agents

Scouts Talk Dadonov, Granlund, Smith & Other Top UFA Forwards

Scouts Talk Sharks & Bargain UFA Forwards

Scouts on How Potential Buyout UFAs Would Fit Sharks

A Scout’s Argument for Bobby Ryan

A Scout’s Argument Against Signing Michael Grabner

Also, what grade did we give the San Jose Sharks’ 2020 Draft?

How We Grade San Jose Sharks’ 2020 NHL Draft

Around the NHL…

Justin Bourne had some interesting notes about 17 UFAs, including Joe Thornton at Sportsnet.

Travis Yost on Duclair and other non-qualified RFAs. (TSN)

Looks like Vegas has cleared some significant salary cap space:

Columbus accomplished this too by trading Markus Nutivaara and Ryan Murray for not a whole lot. (Sportsnet)

Also, the Blue Jackets waived Alexander Wennberg for the purposes of a buyout. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Josh Anderson agrees to a seven-year contract with the Canadiens. (The Score)

San Jose Sharks nemesis Justin Williams retires. (NHL)

Avalanche UFAs Matt Nieto, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Wilson are hitting the market.

Avs UFAs will go to open market

Defensemen Stetcher, Matt Benning, and Madison Bowey are among the surprise non-qualified RFAs available today.

Surprise Non-Tendered RHD Free Agents Could Fit Penguins

Tuukka Rask wants to stay in Boston, defends decision to leave bubble.

Tuukka Rask Breaks Silence, Defends Decision To Leave Bubble

What will Mike Hoffman command in free agency?

Free Agent Focus: Mike Hoffman

Lou Lamoriello will have creative decisions to make during free agency.

Islanders, Lamoriello have creative decisions to make during free agency

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Sheng’s Daily: It’s a Trap!

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Conor Sheary, Erik Haula, Mikael Granlund? Which UFAs are the San Jose Sharks talking to?

BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

The Locked on Sharks guys and Sie Morley discuss who San Jose’s 3C will be next year:

Who’s Best Option for Sharks’ Third-Line Center?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Evander Kane’s 10 travel essentials:

Teal Town USA called B.S. and San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher confirmed these purported “reverse retro” jerseys are fakes…too bad!

By the way, the original California Golden Seals-inspired design is from Chris Fortier.

Around the NHL…

The NHL postpones the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend for the 2020-21 season. (NHL)

That’s cheap: Dmitry Kulikov signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. Another example of how tough the UFA market is right now — The Hockey Code projected Kulikov at $2,991,125 for one season. He was also a top-four defenseman for Winnipeg in 2019-20, albeit not a particularly good top-four defender.

Bruce Cassidy Has Accepted That Zdeno Chara May Not Be Back

BREAKING: Pepsi Center to be renamed Ball Arena

Front office shakeup continues as Eric Joyce leaves Florida Panthers

Winter Classic, ASG Postponed: February Start To Follow?

Future Islanders? Three Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Keep an Eye on | NYHN+

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Sheng’s Daily: Why Do Less Women Work in Sports Radio?

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What do statistical profiles say about the NHL futures of Lean Bergmann, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Alexei Melnichuk?

Erik Fowle fills us in:

Deep Dive into San Jose’s Prospects, Part 6: NHL Regulars?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys tell us more about Thomas Bordeleau:

Get to Know Thomas Bordeleau

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Rocky Thompson tells Jason Gregor some of his offensive philosophies. How will these ideas apply to the San Jose Sharks? (Oilers Nation)

Around the NHL…

Justin Bourne breaks down how Joe Thornton can help the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Why do so few women work in sports radio? (The Athletic)

Haggerty: It’s no secret the salary cap situation is hurting the Boston Bruins

Team president says Bill Zito making needed changes to Florida Panthers

2nd Annual PHN’s Penguins GM for a Day Contest!

Video Game Review: NHL 21

Vegas Hockey Now Notebook

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Sheng’s Daily: Sharks Will Get Longer Training Camp Before 2020-21

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Last training camp, there were hopes that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich could help the big club. It didn’t work out — and now Chekhovich won’t even appear at the next Sharks training camp, whenever that is.

BREAKING: Ivan Chekhovich Will Play in KHL for ENTIRE Season

The Locked On Sharks boys continue reminiscing about Joe Thornton:

Saying Goodbye to Joe Thornton

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Per Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks and the other teams that missed the 24-yeam playoff will get a longer training camp to prepare for the 2020-21 season. (The Athletic)

Around the NHL…

Mitch Marner reveals what Patrick Marleau texted he and Auston Matthews about Joe Thornton. (CBC)

Chicago admits they’re re-building — and GM Stan Bowman is shockingly transparent about every move they’ve made recently in a terrific interview with Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers. (The Athletic)

Brian Burke on Lou Lamoriello’s rules in an excerpt from his new book. (Sportsnet)

Tom’s Take: Doc Emrick Retires

Islanders TV Voice Brendan Burke Recalls Memories with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick

Crosby Rookie Card Going for $119,000; Sid’s History in Cards

Book excerpt: The night Patrick Roy smashed up Bob Hartley’s office

BHN Roster Projection: An Early Look at Boston Bruins Opening Night

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