Per Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks are set to take the “interim” tag off of Bob Boughner.
The assumption is that Rocky Thompson and Evgeni Nabokov will be joining his staff.
But who will coach Boughner’s defense? I run through four Boughner-adjacent candidates: Roy Sommer, Jack Capuano, Bob Jones, and Mike Weber.
In other San Jose Sharks news…
Fan favorite Paul Martin has joined the Minnesota Gophers as an undergraduate assistant. (Minnesota Men’s Hockey)
Dan Boyle throws Evgeni Nabokov under the bus when talking about his OT own-goal in the 2010 playoffs. (Teal Town USA)
Apparently, Marcus Sorensen wants to bide his time by suiting up for Allsvenskan side Vita Hästen. That is, pending Sharks approval, according to Sportsbladet.
But hold on: Vita Hästen GM/head coach Tony Zabel told San Jose Hockey Now in an e-mail, “We don’t have any agreement with the Sharks. The story in the Swedish newspaper, I really don’t know where that’s coming from.” Zabel, however, instead of a issuing a flat denial, would not comment on the premise of the Sportsbladet story, that Sorensen wants to play on his team. So we’ll see!
Around the NHL…
I broke down Jordan Eberle’s Game Five double-OT winner for NYI Hockey Now:
On how Anton Khudobin is channeling Tim Thomas circa 2011. (Boston Hockey Now)
Dan Kingerski reveals his top-five Penguins prospects. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Montreal has inked stay-at-home UFA defenseman Joel Edmundson to a four-year, $14 million dollar contract. (Montreal Gazette)
Minnesota has traded Eric Staal to Buffalo for Marcus Johansson. (Star Tribune)
Meanwhile, the Wild is letting Alex Galchenyuk walk…
A couple NHL scouts gave me their opinions about Galchenyuk a couple weeks ago.
Scout: "He has all the tools…but often leaves you wanting more."
There's a reason why Wild don't want him back. But he could still be a good bargain pick-up, read more: https://t.co/rDUVRjRCAr
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) September 17, 2020
How did Harrison Ford save the Avs? (Colorado Hockey Now)
The political and racial/ethnic makeups of each NHL team’s fanbase. (Rick Westhead)
Kobe Mohr’s $825 million class-action claim alleges that leagues from the NHL to the CHL have engaged in a conspiracy to exploit dream-chasing youngsters. (Toronto Star)
The Top-16 RFAs this off-season. (Sportsnet)
Jack Han expects “half of [the NHL’s] teams to play a 1-1-3 neutral-zone forecheck and to play 2-3 in the offensive zone next season.” (The Hockey Tactics Newsletter)
St. Louis assistant GM Bill Armstrong is Arizona’s new GM. (Arizona Sports)
Speaking of the Blues, Jim Montgomery is returning to the NHL with the Lou. (St. Louis Gametime)
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