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Bob Boughner wants pending UFA Jaycob Megna back.

Talking earlier in the week about how the San Jose Sharks defenseman has persevered throughout his career, Boughner made his feeling clear on how he’s viewed Megna’s performance: “He has just been a rock for us back there. People don’t know how hard he’s fought through injuries, playing hurt, playing injured almost for the whole second half of the season.”

That battle mindset has served Megna well throughout his career in a sport where a no-quit mindset can get someone far, and Boughner recognized this aspect of the 29-year-old’s career in relation to his steady NHL time now.

“I think it’s another great story of how Megs has battled the minors for years and been a captain down there, and a leader to all the young guys,” Boughner said. “[Megna has] put his time in and never gave up. He’s come up, and he looks like he’s played in this league for ten years.”

Megna has spent the majority of the last eight years in the American Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls, Chicago Wolves, and the San Jose Barracuda.

Heading into free agency this summer, Boughner voiced no reservations about a potential Megna return: “For me, [Megna is] a guy that absolutely, 1,000%, needs to be back here, and he needs to be part of this team. He’s just a great guy, and he’s very well-liked.”

When told of his coach’s vote of confidence, Megna noted that it’s nice to hear he’s wanted back: “I’ve made it no secret that I’d like to come back here. Hearing it from a guy that I work with every day and is in the room and on the ice, it means a lot to have the trust of your teammates and your coaches.”

Preview/Lines #69: Pending UFA Megna Wants to Come Back

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