Why didn’t it work for Ryan Donato with the San Jose Sharks? A couple NHL scouts shared their thoughts about the RFA, who the Sharks did not qualify yesterday.
Also, San Jose didn’t qualify newly-acquired Nick Merkley, but he’s expected to reach a separate agreement with the club.
How can Merkley help the San Jose Sharks?
A scout told San Jose Hockey Now: “I liked him in New Jersey, he played well, but younger guys moved ahead of him.”
This, by the way, is the trade that I hinted at on Friday:
Hearing #SJSharks defenseman will be moved out east — depth deal for a forward
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) July 23, 2021
The Locked On Sharks guys react to the 2021 NHL Draft:
Thanks for everything, Brian! Your Barracuda coverage will be missed!
Hi I've joined @overtime as an associate shooter, producer, editor and will be in their Brooklyn office in September! I'm super excited to continue telling sports stories 🎉
— Brian Truong (@_BrianTruong) July 27, 2021
In other San Jose Sharks news…
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) July 27, 2021
— Bardown Beauties Podcast (@BardownBeautPod) July 26, 2021
Around the NHL…
Vancouver Hockey Now launches soon!
— San Jose Hockey Now (@sjhockeynow) July 26, 2021
That’s one potential 3C off the board — Paul Stastny re-signs in Winnipeg. (Illegal Curve)
Donato makes this list of 10 non-tendered players worth targeting in free agency — can the San Jose Sharks find any value here? (The Athletic)
Four days inside the Minnesota Wild war room for the NHL Draft and free agent planning. (The Athletic)
SPORTLOGiQ suggests four undervalued UFAs who could be bargains. (Sportsnet)
Mack Motzko — son of Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey coach Bob Motzko — died in a car crash on Sunday. He’s remembered fondly by the many hockey people who watched him grow up. (The Rink Live)
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