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SJHN Daily: Labanc on Trade Block, Sommer Leaves Sharks

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Former San Jose Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer has been named the latest head coach of the San Diego Gulls. Sommer had spent the last 24 seasons as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Finishing his Sharks organization tenure with an 808-721-107 record, Sommer is the winningest coach in AHL history and is looking to continue extending his record with the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Sommer has coached 1,736 games in the AHL and won the league’s 2017 Coach of the Year.

The Barracuda named John McCarthy as their new head coach on May 18, and Cuda GM Joe Will shared that Sommer was moving into a senior adviser role: “He’s going to be a big part of working with me on some scouting and projects and development projects and such. So Roy is going to be here.”

However, it’s clear Sommer wants to find some redemption following a lackluster season with the Barracuda in 2021-22, which ended with a 14-game losing streak.

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This isn’t the first time that Labanc has been involved in trade rumors recently — Labanc has been offered up since at least Apr. 2021, per a SJHN source:

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Question is, who will take on Labanc’s unappetizing $4.75 million dollar cap hit? Will the Sharks retain?

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Adrian Kempe signs deal for four more years with the LA Kings. (ESPN)

Marc-Andre Fleury signs a two-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. (Hockey Wilderness)

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