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Sheng’s Daily Links: Sergachev Was Tampa’s Unsung Hero on Point Goal

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Two days from his 20th birthday, Ryan Merkley spoke candidly about a variety of topics, from why he would “coast” on the ice when he was younger, how many sticks he’d break a year out of frustration in his more immature days, and the darker side of being a teenage hockey celebrity in Canada.

But it wasn’t all gloom and doom — the perpetually chipper Merkley also revealed some of what’s in Brent Burns’s backpack and why he wants to go shark diving.

On the National Hockey Now side, we shared our playoff predictions and enjoyed an exclusive 1-on-1 with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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In other San Jose Sharks news…

Nick Nollenberger catches up with Barracuda forward Evan Weinger, who was recently loaned to TPS Turku in Finland. (San Jose Barracuda)

Around the NHL…

One under-the-radar player on the Brayden Point (21) 5OT goal was Mikhail Sergachev (98) — Sergachev came down the wall to set a soft pick on Riley Nash (20), which bought Point a fraction of time and space. Then Sergachev got low and bumped Alexandre Texier (42) off in a race to the loose puck in the middle of ice, which set up the goalscoring sequence.

Jim Rutherford spanks the Penguins in his post-mortem, targeting Justin Schultz and the power play in particular. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Rod Brind’Amour expects Dougie Hamilton to return for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One. (Boston Hockey Now)

Is it a problem that the Avs are a “quieter” team? (Colorado Hockey Now)

Islanders don’t expect a Play-in boost versus Caps. (NYI Hockey Now)

All the records broken in the Lightning-Blue Jackets 5OT thriller. (NHL)

Wild GM Bill Guerin went after the goaltending in his port-mortem, which might spell trouble for former San Jose Sharks fan favorite Alex Stalock. (The Athletic)

Elliotte Friedman on how Kyle Dubas might re-shape the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Mark Scheifele doesn’t believe Matt Tkachuk had malicious intent when Tkachuk took him out with his skate blade in Game One of Winnipeg-Calgary — luckily, the Jets center also avoided significant injury. (TSN)

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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

Vegas Hockey Now Notebook

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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)

Tom’s Take: Doc Emrick Retires

Islanders TV Voice Brendan Burke Recalls Memories with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick

Crosby Rookie Card Going for $119,000; Sid’s History in Cards

Book excerpt: The night Patrick Roy smashed up Bob Hartley’s office

BHN Roster Projection: An Early Look at Boston Bruins Opening Night

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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)

An Ode To ‘Doc’ Emrick Upon His Retirement

The Matt Grzelcyk Gamble is a Key One for the Boston Bruins | BHN+

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

Dater’s Daily: Tyson Jost needs one more good chance

Keegan Kolesar Signs 2-Year Deal with VGK

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