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Sheng’s Daily: My Thoughts on Demko or Markstrom?

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Peter DeBoer of the Golden Knights versus Joe Pavelski of the Stars in the Western Conference Finals.

Let’s just say that’s not what Doug Wilson drew up last summer.

DeBoer spoke yesterday and reflected on his ex-San Jose Sharks captain.

Around the NHL…

Pierre McGuire on the Avs: “Just ran out of bodies.” (Colorado Hockey Now)

Ranking the available goalies who are likely hitting the market. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Jake DeBrusk has been inconsistent, but David Krejci still believes in his upside. (Boston Hockey Now)

Scott Mayfield gets redemption after Game Six gaffe. (NYI Hockey Now)

Ex-San Jose Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss came through in a big way for the New York Islanders in Game Seven:

Thatcher Demko is just the second NHL playoff goaltender to hail from California. Meet the first, John Blue. (LA Times)

The question on everybody’s mind for next year: Should Vancouver anoint Demko as starter or re-sign UFA Jacob Markstrom? (Sportsnet)

My two cents on Demko vs. Markstrom: Calm down, it’s just three games from Demko. Demko has been otherwise — in an admittedly small sample size — about average in his NHL career.

Anyway, the priority for the Canucks should be preparing for Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes’s extensions after 2020-21.

Vancouver has a raft of overpaid players: Loui Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Micheal Ferland, and Tyler Myers. Good news is, after 2020-21, the first four will only have one year left on their contracts. Bad news? They’ll still have one year left.

This may affect Markstrom, in particular, who’s due for a sizable raise.

I think if Markstrom wants more than a year and at $6 million-plus, you can find another 1A-1B goalie to pair with Demko. If Markstrom will accept one year or a lower average for longer term (say $5 million or under), re-sign him, give Demko a chance to take the job from superior competition.

Regardless, focus your remaining cap space and years on your younger, premium talents. Spend money — but not too much, unless it’s for just one year — on a starting-quality goalie, hopefully Markstrom, probably someone else. Don’t just flat out give Demko the job unless you’re 100 percent sure he’s ready for it. And don’t fall for three — admittedly spectacular — performances.

Canadian citizens can join conference finals bubble, but others await clearance. (ESPN)

Luke Fox asks, “Would trading Frederik Andersen be a mistake?” (Sportsnet)

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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?

Future Islanders? Three Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Keep an Eye on | NYHN+

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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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