The San Jose Sharks‘ two biggest off-season storylines grabbed headlines today.
In one corner, Pierre LeBrun of TSN said of impending UFA Tomas Hertl: “The Sharks would’ve loved to have extended him this past summer. But my sense is Hertl wasn’t ready to enter that type of conversation.
“If the Sharks are out of a playoff spot come March 21st, Trade Deadline, and if Hertl doesn’t have a change of heart, I think that’s a guy who could be in play.”
There have been differing stories on how much the San Jose Sharks have talked to Hertl’s camp about an extension — San Jose Hockey Now published a story in August suggesting not very much and Hertl essentially corroborated that in an interview with Czech press weeks later. On the outset of training camp, however, Doug Wilson countered, “I’ve had several conversations with his agent…Tomas knows how we feel about him.”
But that might be semantics: The consistent thing in everything we’ve heard is that Hertl wants to win. And you do get the sense that while he’d love to win in San Jose, he’d be willing to do it elsewhere too.
One underrated point: A lot has been made about Hertl in relation to where the San Jose Sharks are in the standings come the Trade Deadline. And obviously, that’s important: If you aren’t in the playoffs then, how can you convince Hertl that San Jose is a place where he can win?
But just as important, I think, is Wilson convincing Hertl of his long-term blueprint for success.
A flukish playoff run this year may not be enough to convince the popular pivot to stay.
And at the other corner, there’s another ugly Evander Kane story.
Kane is already under NHL investigation for sexual assault, domestic battery, and undisclosed COVID protocol violations.
A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports says the league’s investigation into Kane’s possible COVID violations is centered around the San Jose Sharks star allegedly using a fake vaccination card. Perez suggested that the San Jose Sharks could also be facing sanctions for Kane’s alleged indiscretion.
Another day, another ugly Kane story. We’ll see how this one shakes out.
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Boughner and Erik Karlsson (Lehner's teammate in Ottawa) had no comment about Robin Lehner's claims that some NHL teams have or are giving benzodiazepines to players without prescription https://t.co/byor6llqYS
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 3, 2021
Around the NHL…
The Vegas Golden Knights‘ Robin Lehner explains why he spoke out against NHL teams allegedly handing out prescription drugs without prescription to its players:
Tom Sestito accuses teams of dishing pills, says the Pittsburgh Penguins cleaned him up:
Akim Aliu doesn’t have high hopes for the NHL’s response to Robin Lehner:
And perhaps the NHL will feign interest, claim to investigate, and never get back to you for two years and hope the public attention just goes away. https://t.co/969SvBKOpc
— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) October 3, 2021
Former minor-league hockey player Tyler Amburgey was posthumously diagnosed with CTE — think about the many ex-minor leaguers who don’t have the post-retirement resources of NHL’ers. (TSN)
2) His name was Steve Montador
He was my best friend
He was cleared for 19 concussions in the NHL
He was cleared for 4 concussions in a span of 12 weeks while we played together on the @NHLBlackhawks
His 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th brain injury in just 571 NHL games…
— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) October 2, 2021
The Vancouver Canucks have their dynamic duo back: Elias Pettersson re-signs for three years, Quinn Hughes for six years.
The Florida Panthers get Joe Thornton back from injury:
Nicklas Backstrom has a hip injury that may make him unavailable for the Washington Capitals‘ season-opener.
Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and Alex Pietrangelo are the first names submitted to be part of Team Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. (NHL)
Talks are stalled between the Ottawa Senators and Brady Tkachuk. (Ottawa Sun)
When will Tyler Bertuzzi play for the Detroit Red Wings? He’s yet to appear in a preseason game:
Anders Lee is on the way back for the New York Islanders:
Former San Jose Sharks assistant coach and current Predators assistant coach Todd Richards is recovering from a heart attack. (Tennessean)
Commissioner David Branch says all OHL players are vaccinated against COVID. (Toronto Star)
The Boston Bruins‘ goalie picture is pretty clear at this point:
Pavel Francouz is hurt again in the Colorado Avalanche loss to Vegas:
Keith Yandle saying “thank you” every time a goalie settles the puck for him will never not make me laugh pic.twitter.com/I5KQ6yrEsr
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) October 4, 2021
I can't even begin to describe how grateful and excited I am to have landed this this position.
Thank you to everyone for the extremely kind words. https://t.co/siOv8fc9MS
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