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Sheng’s Daily: When’s Last Time There Were Back-to-Back Games in Final?

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We caught up with Joel Kellman yesterday.

Kellman confirmed his desire to play in Allsvenskan this year to prepare for the next NHL season. He also revealed which former San Jose Sharks prospect pushed him toward signing with the teal last year.

Kellman Hopes to Play in Sweden This Year

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In other San Jose Sharks news…

Elliotte Friedman said that San Jose has inquired about Darcy Kuemper. (Sportsnet)

How about a bought-out Kyle Turris to the Sharks? (Locked On Sharks)

Kelowna Rockets head coach Kris Mallette talks up new San Jose Barracuda signing Kyle Topping. (San Jose Barracuda)

Around the NHL…

I wrote about how it was Chandler Stephenson’s turnover — and not Zach Whitecloud’s penalty — that doomed the Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals:

Blame Chandler Stephenson, Not Zach Whitecloud on Series Ending Goal

Christian Arnold on what the Islanders have to be proud of after a stunning post-season run. (NYI Hockey Now)

Can the Penguins be better…without Kris Letang? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Was Aleksander Barkov the right choice to be Panthers captain? (Florida Hockey Now)

How much will Avalanche RFA Ryan Graves command? (Colorado Hockey Now)

For San Jose Sharks fans, it might seem like a lifetime ago, but it wasn’t that long ago that Erik Karlsson might have been the best player in the world. (The Athletic)

Luke Fox speaks with ex-Shark Manny Malhotra, who accepted an assistant coach position with the Maple Leafs. Malhotra was highly complimentary of his San Jose head coach Todd McLellan. (Sportsnet)

Frank Seravalli on 10 big contracts potentially on the move. (TSN)

The Dowlings are the only NHL family in the Edmonton bubble. (The Athletic)

Korean-American skills coach Alex Kim is helping to develop high-end players of color in California. (NHL)

If there is a Game Five in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, it will be just the second time in 65 years that there have been back-to-back games played in a Final.

In 2009, Pittsburgh and Detroit played Game One on May 30, then Game Two on May 31, both in Detroit. The Red Wings beat the Penguins 3-1 in both contests. Funny enough, Jim Nill was the Assistant General Manager of that Red Wings team.

Before that, the last time there were back-to-back games played in a Final was in 1955.

On April 9, the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 5-3 in Game Four in Montreal. The following night, the Red Wings topped the Canadiens 5-1 in Detroit.

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Is the thinking to have the back to back games simply to finish the season ASAP and without having to fight with nfl on the Sunday? Cause ideally they could’ve took a two day break after game 4 and avoid the b2b. I wonder if the idea of finishing this quickly is more player driven or financial driven in terms of maintaining the bubble.

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Sheng’s Daily: A New Look for Sharks

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Curious how the San Jose Sharks might maximize Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns’s talents? How Phil Jackson and the triangle offense can apply to the Sharks? How to use analytics the right way?

San Jose Hockey Now spoke with incoming San Jose associate coach Rocky Thompson about thse things in a wide-ranging interview:

Rocky Thompson: “Leave analytics out of the locker room.”

Also, we talked to USA Hockey National Team Development Program associate coach Nick Fohr about San Jose Sharks second-round pick Thomas Bordeleau.

Fohr shared Bordeleau’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, discussed Sasha Chmelevski’s flawed-but-improving skating, and revealed what Kevin Labanc’s USNTDP teammates gave him a hard time about:

USNTDP coach Nick Fohr on Bordeleau’s Hockey IQ, Chmelevski’s Skating, Labanc’s Confidence

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What a bargain! Calgary signs UFA Josh Leivo to a one-year, $875K contract. (Flames Nation)

Jeremy Colliton tells Chicago vets, about the re-build: “They need to help on this.” (Chicago Tribune)

Which head coaches will receive extensions? (The Athletic)

Haggs And Murph: Will The Boston Bruins Write The Next ‘Rebuild Letter’?

Dater’s Daily: Devon Toews contract situation explained

Matt’s Net-Front Presence: Penguins Should Pursue Veteran Backup for Tristan Jarry

Islanders May Already Have Internal Pieces to Improve

Could Dahlstrom Compete For a Spot on the Blueline?

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Sheng’s Daily: It’s a Trap!

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Conor Sheary, Erik Haula, Mikael Granlund? Which UFAs are the San Jose Sharks talking to?

BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

The Locked on Sharks guys and Sie Morley discuss who San Jose’s 3C will be next year:

Who’s Best Option for Sharks’ Third-Line Center?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Evander Kane’s 10 travel essentials:

Teal Town USA called B.S. and San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher confirmed these purported “reverse retro” jerseys are fakes…too bad!

By the way, the original California Golden Seals-inspired design is from Chris Fortier.

Around the NHL…

The NHL postpones the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend for the 2020-21 season. (NHL)

That’s cheap: Dmitry Kulikov signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. Another example of how tough the UFA market is right now — The Hockey Code projected Kulikov at $2,991,125 for one season. He was also a top-four defenseman for Winnipeg in 2019-20, albeit not a particularly good top-four defender.

Bruce Cassidy Has Accepted That Zdeno Chara May Not Be Back

BREAKING: Pepsi Center to be renamed Ball Arena

Front office shakeup continues as Eric Joyce leaves Florida Panthers

Winter Classic, ASG Postponed: February Start To Follow?

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Sheng’s Daily: Why Do Less Women Work in Sports Radio?

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What do statistical profiles say about the NHL futures of Lean Bergmann, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Alexei Melnichuk?

Erik Fowle fills us in:

Deep Dive into San Jose’s Prospects, Part 6: NHL Regulars?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys tell us more about Thomas Bordeleau:

Get to Know Thomas Bordeleau

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Rocky Thompson tells Jason Gregor some of his offensive philosophies. How will these ideas apply to the San Jose Sharks? (Oilers Nation)

Around the NHL…

Justin Bourne breaks down how Joe Thornton can help the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Why do so few women work in sports radio? (The Athletic)

Haggerty: It’s no secret the salary cap situation is hurting the Boston Bruins

Team president says Bill Zito making needed changes to Florida Panthers

2nd Annual PHN’s Penguins GM for a Day Contest!

Video Game Review: NHL 21

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