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Sheng’s Daily: Nate Schmidt Isn’t At Fault for Radulov Goal

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Yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now, we caught up with Noah Gregor.

The 22-year-old San Jose Sharks winger shared his thoughts about changing his jersey number, what his goal song next year might be, and more about his dad, Colin Gregor, who played for Roy Sommer in Richmond 25 years ago.

Noah Gregor: “I’ll probably stick with 73.”

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I saw a lot of people getting on Nate Schmidt for getting caught up ice on Alexander Radulov’s OT winner. And indeed, when the play broke down, Schmidt’s aggressiveness up the ice forced his partner Brayden McNabb to cover Joe Pavelski in Schmidt’s customary right defense position, which opened up McNabb’s left defense lane for Radulov.

Peter DeBoer pushed back on blaming Schmidt though.

“I don’t pin either of those [goals] on our defensemen,” DeBoer said to Brian Blessing, referring in part to the Radulov goal. “We’re asking our defensemen to get up into the play, and that’s a big piece of our game. Part of that is we have to manage the puck well, knowing that, and I thought that was a bit of an issue.”

He’s absolutely right. Let’s rewind the sequence:

Focus on two Golden Knights, puck carrier Reilly Smith (19) and Schmidt (88) coming from behind.

Schmidt, as he should, is trusting Smith to enter the zone and make a good play. Schmidt is also forced to step up because of Jonathan Marchessault’s fall near center ice. If Schmidt doesn’t fill in, then Smith is basically attacking alone.

If anything, when Marchessault (81) gets up, he should cover for Schmidt, who has the momentum going forward.

But most importantly, Smith does not “manage the puck well.” Whether that’s more because of Miro Heiskanen’s confident gap and stick — it’s really stunning defense from Heiskanen (4) — or an error on Smith’s part, the attacker loses the puck in the wrong place, high in the zone.

Jamie Benn (14) picks up the loose change, and Schmidt, his trust betrayed by Smith, stops up at the Dallas blueline, far from his normal defensive position.

Schmidt is in no man’s land through no fault of his own — he’s too far to skate back and recover that way, so his only option is to try to hold the line and defend the pass up the ice.

The key pass in this sequence isn’t Pavelski’s to Radulov, but Benn’s to Pavelski (16).

Benn goes through Schmidt and the linesman — in fact, it looks like Schmidt gets a stick on the pass — to hit Pavelski up the ice. Kudos also to Pavelski for some good footwork to handle the pass into his skates.

From there, it’s a fairly simple connection from Pavelski to Radulov.

Anyway, Schmidt was doing his job — Smith wasn’t.

Speaking of breaking it down, I defended another maligned defenseman for NYI Hockey Now:

Don’t Blame Greene and His Turnover for Kucherov Goal

Is Boston thinking of moving on from Zdeno Chara? (Boston Hockey Now)

Can Jim Rutherford escape cap jail? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Joe Sakic and Jared Bednar address Colorado’s playoff injuries. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Florida’s new AHL affiliate is the Charlotte Checkers. (Florida Hockey Now)

I can now say, I’d love to karaoke with Nick Foligno:

The NHL is a copycat league, but Jon Cooper is not a copycat coach. (The Athletic)

At least 17 NHL teams have reduced employee pay during the COVID-19 crunch. (TSN)

25 off-season trade candidates — will the San Jose Sharks be in on any of them? (Sportsnet)

Sean Couturier wins the Selke Trophy. (NHL)

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Sheng’s Daily: Sharks Will Get Longer Training Camp Before 2020-21

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Last training camp, there were hopes that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich could help the big club. It didn’t work out — and now Chekhovich won’t even appear at the next Sharks training camp, whenever that is.

BREAKING: Ivan Chekhovich Will Play in KHL for ENTIRE Season

The Locked On Sharks boys continue reminiscing about Joe Thornton:

Saying Goodbye to Joe Thornton

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Per Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks and the other teams that missed the 24-yeam playoff will get a longer training camp to prepare for the 2020-21 season. (The Athletic)

Around the NHL…

Mitch Marner reveals what Patrick Marleau texted he and Auston Matthews about Joe Thornton. (CBC)

Chicago admits they’re re-building — and GM Stan Bowman is shockingly transparent about every move they’ve made recently in a terrific interview with Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers. (The Athletic)

Brian Burke on Lou Lamoriello’s rules in an excerpt from his new book. (Sportsnet)

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Sheng’s Daily: Next Offseason Will Be Just As Tough on Free Agents

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“In October 2019, the San Jose Sharks had, by my count, 10 NHL-proven forwards…

“The 2019-20 Sharks finished last in the Western Conference.

“One year later, San Jose has…wait for it…10 NHL-proven forwards…”

A critical look at what Doug Wilson is doing up front with the San Jose Sharks:

What’s Doug Wilson Doing with Sharks Forwards?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys reminisce about Joe Thornton:

Let’s Get Sad About Joe Thornton Leaving San Jose

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Speaking of Patrick Marleau, Thornton told Tim and Sid how his long-time San Jose Sharks teammate sold him on Toronto. (Sportsnet)

Around the NHL…

The IIHF revealed the 2021 World Junior Championship schedule. They’re hoping to start play on Christmas. (IIHF)

Pierre LeBrun made an excellent point, essentially, the next off-season will also be really tough on free agents because of how a shortened season and a limited audience will affect hockey-related revenue. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, and Dougie Hamilton are among the more intriguing UFAs next off-season. (The Athletic)

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Anders Lee Looks Back While Waiting for What’s Ahead with Islanders

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Keegan Kolesar Signs 2-Year Deal with VGK

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Sheng’s Daily: Dubas on Why He Wanted Thornton in Toronto

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Joe Thornton talked on Sunday and San Jose Hockey Now was there.

Joe Thornton Lost the Faith — Doug Wilson Hasn’t

Joe Thornton: “I need to win a Stanley Cup.”

Joe Thornton as a Shark: A Hockey Card History

Last week was also the 102nd anniversary of Hamby Shore’s death. Here’s why it matters:

Remembering Hamby Shore

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Thornton does plan on moving his family back to the Bay Area whenever he retires. (Kevin Kurz)

Kyle Dubas on why he’s bringing Thornton to Toronto. (TSN)

Around the NHL…

NHL agents debate the pros and cons of the UFA interview period. (The Athletic)

The Jets are at a crossroads with Patrick Laine. (Sportsnet)

“Adapt or die”: Scouting has been turned on its head for 2021 NHL Draft. (TheScore)

Brian Burke tells some great stories about his worst draft interview (Nail Yakupov) and best bidding war story. (Sportsnet)

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