The San Jose Sharks have a locker room problem.
“It’s really bad. I’d hope for a little more consistency, and maybe a better choice,” Kaapo Kahkonen said when asked what the Sharks’ win song was after he beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at SAP Center on Nov. 21. “That’s been a bit of a weakness so far, so maybe it’s something we can improve on.”
Timo Meier offered tongue-in-cheek, perhaps poking fun at the Finnish netminder the next day: “I think what happened yesterday is that Nick Bonino put on some Italian song. That’s probably why Kaapo wasn’t happy about it.”
So do the San Jose Sharks have a win song this season? Last year, it was Farruko’s “Pepas”.
Speaking of Italians…
“I do not control the music,” Mario Ferraro insisted, when asked by San Jose Hockey Now what the team’s win song is.
He said the same thing to SJHN in late October, after the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goal song, Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams”, blared in the Sharks room after their 4-3 OT victory over the Leafs.
Tomas Hertl had reported two years ago that the young Ferraro had already emerged as the locker room DJ.
The 24-year-old clarified: “In the room, at home, I do not control it. On the road, that’s a different story because I have a speaker.”
That, of course, didn’t clear up exactly what the questionable win song was on Nov. 21, though Ferraro went on to suggest that if anybody was to blame, it was Meier. Meier, however, said that wasn’t his job.
“Let’s just say I’m responsible for the part before the game, the hype. I’m more of the hype guy,” he grinned. “I get the people going.”
Then, like Ferraro, Meier passed the buck.
“That’s on the healthy scratches and injured guys to make sure music is playing [after the game].”
Meier did reveal that “Miami” got a trial run as the win song earlier in the year, but that Will Smith hit might have been slapped out of the rotation.
He conceded, reflecting on the Sharks’ less-than-stellar record, “It can be played a little more.”
A week later, after Kahkonen shut out the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, he shared that the Sharks still hadn’t picked a win song.
“The goal is that we have a song and we play that so much, we get tired of it,” Meier declared.
The 8-14-4 San Jose Sharks have their work cut out for them in that department, though the underlying stats suggest that there might be a win streak or two on the horizon.
As for what Kahkonen’s personal choice for a win song may be?
“My song would be a Finnish song, obviously if I told you guys the name, you wouldn’t understand it,” he laughed.
A “select few” would be into that, Ferraro noted. “Just one,” Marc-Edouard Vlasic interjected, referring to Kahkonen, the lone Finn in the Sharks room.
“Yeah, I think that would get turned down,” Swiss winger Meier said. “Because I would play German music. Swedish guys would play Swedish. I think we need to keep it English, right? Got to please everybody.”
Sheng’s Travel Fund
Help fund Sheng's travel! Every dollar goes to the cost of getting to and from Sharks road games.
Get SJHN in your inbox!
Extra Hour Hockey Training
Cathy’s Power Skating
Quinn, Carbery Competed Yesterday…And for Sharks Head Coaching Job in 2022
Sharks Locker Room: Quinn Likes How Team Stood Up to Wilson, Bailey ‘Starving’ for NHL Shot
Sharks Not Hurt Without Hertl, Top Caps 2-1
NHL Scout on Justin Bailey
Preview/Lines #22: Hertl Suffers ‘Mid-Body Injury’ at Home, Will Not Play Tonight
Patrick Marleau’s Favorite San Jose Restaurants
Sharks Locker Room: Quinn Addresses Job Security After 0-10-1 Start
What’s Next for Joe Thornton?
Everything Grier Said: From Plattner to Quinn to Celebrini (+)
SJHN Daily: Ex-Jr. Sharks Coach Kevin Whitmer Arrested for Sexual Assault on Minor
Sharks Locker Room: Quinn Praises Eklund’s ‘More Complete’ Game, Hertl on Blocking Out Outside
Sharks Locker Room: Duclair, Ferraro, Quinn Talk Turkey of a Performance
Sharks Locker Room: On Lafferty Laugher, Quinn on Switching Eklund/Zadina
On Eklund Benching, Zetterlund Lesson, What’s Best for Gushchin: AHL or NHL?
Sharks Locker Room: Everybody’s Got Jokes After a Big Win
Sharks Team & Cap Info
SJHN on Facebook