San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: NHL draft is days away who will guide the ship for SJ?

San Jose Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic might have his contract bought out as the team feels his talents have declined . Vlasic feels he can help another team with more playing time. (file photo from USA Today)

On the Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 Len, with former San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner, and assistants John McLean and John Madden all departed the Sharks have another task and that’s trying to fill their jobs with the NHL draft coming around the corner on July 7th.

#2 The Sharks had a number of games where they were struggling but not enough where the Sharks could have worked some off season deals that could have kept Boughner and his staff on board. Do you think the Sharks could have given Boughner another season to see if things would work out?

#3 Scott Mellanby was a finalist for the general manager’s job but dropped out and that leaves two top candidates Ray Whitney and Mike Grier two former NHL players and two former Sharks. Grier and Whitney looks like the finalists for the job which direction do you see the Sharks going and what are the strengths of Whitney and Grier if they step into the general manager’s role.

#4 There’s talk that the Sharks might buy out defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s contract saying that his talents have faded, that his value has declined and in a post game interview after the last game of the season Vlasic said “imagine if I could play more” does he have enough talent to stay in the NHL at this point.

#5 With the Sharks possibly about to make a general manager announcement they need to get a head coach in place with just a few days left before the draft that’s a short window to get that decided and see what is in front of them for the NHL draft.

Len Shapiro does the San Jose Sharks podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders dedication of Hall of Fame coach John Madden; Raiders prepare for Colts this Sunday

The Las Vegas Raiders dedicate the memory of John Madden on the Raiders website (image by the Las Vegas Raiders)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders have all the lights are turned off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the scoreboard dedicates the passing of the of the late former Raiders head coach John Madden no doubt the Raiders will recognize Madden before their next home game on Sun Jan 2 .

#2 Rich, no doubt you’ve spent some time at the Oakland Coliseum during the John Madden years can you share some of your best memories of his days coaching on the sidelines.

#3 The Raiders have put together third multi win streak of the season they have won their last two games by close scores against the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Their win against the Broncos comes after the Broncos have their starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out on concussion protocols and started back up Drew Lock.

#4 The Raiders running back Josh Jacobs carried for 129 yards and the Raiders in the third quarter got the lead for good when quarterback Derek Carr threw to Peyton Barber who ran it in for a touchdown which turned out to be the gamer.

#5 The Raiders face the Indianapolis Colts (9-6). The Colts have won six of their last seven games including their last game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) 22-16. Rich, how do you see the Raiders defense stopping Colts quarterback Carson Wentz this Sunday in Lucas Oil?

Join Rich for the Raiders podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders Report: John Madden legendary coach and broadcaster dead at 85

John Madden (right) featured in Super Bowl 50 photo in the CBS booth with play by play announcer Pat Sommerall (You Tube file photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

LAS VEGAS–Called by many the greatest broadcaster ever and Hall of Fame football coach John Madden passed away at age 85 today. His death was unexpected he passed away Tuesday morning.

The NFL released a statement from commissioner Roger Goodall: “On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families, we all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.” Madden and his wife Virginia just celebrated their 62nd anniversary on Sunday.

There has not been a date set for a memorial service. Madden resided in Pleasanton, Madden was head coach at the Oakland Raiders from 1969-78 and won the Super Bowl in 1976 the Raiders lost only one game that season going 13-1.

Madden had a coaching career record of 103-32-7 and got the Raiders to the post season ten times going 9-7. In 2006 Madden went into the NFL Hall of Fame and was just 42 when he became a broadcaster doing color in 1979 on CBS first working with Pat Sommerall, after CBS Madden went onto to work with Al Michaels on ABC Monday Night Football. Madden retired in 2008.

He voiced over video games “Madden NFL” which began in 1988 and “John Madden Football.” Madden while head coach at the Raiders was such a huge landscape for Bay Area sports and was well loved in post game press conferences by journalists and reporters for his comments and great football insight.

San Jose Sharks Stick with Boughner

San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner will get another season behind the bench for the Sharks as general manager Doug Wilson is happy to bring him back for 2020-21 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh

On Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks announced that Bob Boughner would be their ninth Head Coach. Boughner took over as Interim Head Coach for the Sharks half way through last season, replacing Peter DeBoer.

In Tuesday’s press release, the Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson assessed Boughner’s time as Interim Head Coach. “Bob did a tremendous job last season, getting our group back to playing with an identity and structure that we need in order to be successful,” said Wilson. “We saw a marked improvement in our play in several key areas during the second half of the season, before losing some key players to injury.”

After a long NHL playing career and several successful seasons coaching Junior Hockey, Boughner joined the Sharks in 2015 as an assistant coach. In 2017, he was named Head Coach of the Florida Panthers. Two seasons later, he was replaced by Joel Quenneville in Florida and returned to the Sharks as an assistant coach. As a Head Coach in the NHL, his record is 94-82-25.

In the partial season as Interim Head Coach for the Sharks, Boughner saw his team win just 14 of 37 games, continuing the abysmal trend they were on when Peter DeBoer was fired. To make an already terrible season worse, the team lost Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson to injury shortly after Boughner took over.

After the announcement Tuesday, Boughner thanked the Sharks owner and General Manager for bringing him back:

I’m very excited about the opportunity to return to the San Jose Sharks organization as head coach. I want to thank Hasso Plattner and Doug Wilson for their trust in me. Last year was a difficult season for everyone but I think we learned a lot about ourselves as a group and we made some positive strides over the second half of the year.

The roster that Boughner will have when regular play resumes will be somewhat changed from last season. While the injured players will likely be back, some long-time Sharks were traded at the deadline, such as defenseman Justin Braun and forward Barclay Goodrow. After struggling as the team did through the abbreviated 2019-2020 season, the Sharks would likely benefit from change. Whether the new Head Coach is enough of a change remains to be seen.

The Sharks also added Rocky Thompson as associate coach and John Madden as assistant coach. Of Thompson and Madden, Wilson said: “We’re also very pleased to add Rocky and John to our staff. Both come with a wealth of experience, both in playing the game and as teachers and leaders. With a healthy and motivated group of players, we are confident that this staff will do a terrific job leading our group in the coming years.”

Bob Boughner looks forward to working with his new coaches. In the Sharks press release, he said:

Rocky and John will bring some fresh energy and excitement to our group. Both have been head coaches, worked on coaching staffs in the NHL and have lots of experience working with and developing young players. It was important that anyone we brought in from the outside come from a culture of winning, which is what we are used to in San Jose. Rocky and John have the credibility and work ethic to help us get our talented team back to that level.

The coaching staff is rounded out by Evgeni Nabokov as goaltending coach, Dan Darrow as assistant video coach and Charlie Townsend as analyst/assistant to the NHL coaching staff. All are returning from last season.