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Sheng Peng: Hello from Prague! We’re on the eve of the San Jose Sharks’ season opener against the Nashville Predators. The Sharks just had their morning skate.
Of course, it’s not morning in San Jose! We’re nine hours ahead here so it was about 3 AM back home. But here’s some interesting news from the morning skate.
First, we’re all excited to see how the Prague crowd will welcome native sons Tomas Hertl and Radim Simek.
We know Hertl is excited. Nick Bonino joked this morning that Tomas Hertl always talks fast, but he’s been talking faster than normal the last couple of days.
I think the next couple of games will feel like a home game for the San Jose Sharks. They’ve got Hertl and Simek, the Nashville Predators don’t have any Czechs.
The other bit of news from morning skate is that James Reimer will get the opening night start. Kudos to him!
Let’s rewind last year: Young heir apparent goalie Adin Hill was suppose to run with the No. 1 job. But by the Trade Deadline, the veteran James Reimer had emerged as the go-to guy.
Then at the Deadline, the San Jose Sharks traded for Kaapo Kahkonen, another young heir apparent goalie. This summer, trade rumors swirled around Hill and Reimer, but not Kahkonen. It was Hill that got traded, but Kahkonen looked primed to be the No. 1.
But instead, it’s the veteran Reimer who gets the opening night start.
Don’t read too much into it: It’s a back-to-back, so Kahkonen will almost certainly get the start tomorrow night. It’s still a 1A-1B goalie situation.
But credit to Reimer for coming out top again, if only for one night.
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