NHL podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Flyers Patrick back from migraine issues; Wild’s Rossi out indefinitely with upper body injury; plus more

The Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick in this Mon Mar 19, 2019 file photo has missed 21 months due to suffering a migraine disorder will return on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins this Wed Jan 13, 2021 (AP file photo)

On the NHL podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick who suffered migraine disorder says he’s ready to return and has waited 21 months to get back. Patrick says he’s feeling better and wants to get back in the line up against the Pittsburgh Penguins for this Wednesday’s opener.

#2 It was reported that the Minnesota Wild’s Marco Rossi will be out indefinitely due to an upper body injury. Wild head coach Dean Evason said the 19 year old Rossi will not be available. Rossi signed a three year contract with the Wild on Oct 23, Rossi scored 100 points (39 goals and 81 assists) he did it in an impressive amount of time in just 56 games.

#3 At the San Jose Sharks training camp: John Leonard who played for the University of Massachusetts at forward. Leonard was drafted sixth in the NHL entry draft and is expected to make his NHL debut against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. At Amherst Leonard in Division I Leonard led the division with 27 goals, 10 assists. That all ended when Coronavirus shut down the league back in March.

#4 Former Chicago Blackhawks goalie 36 year old Corey Crawford has announced his retirement from hockey and the New Jersey Devils this weekend. Crawford had not practiced with New Jersey since Jan 1st and in a statement said that he’s given everything he could to the game but it was time to retire.

#5 The New York Islanders have signed Matthew Barzal for a three year contract. The agreement was made on Saturday. In 68 games last season Barzal led the Islanders with 60 points, 19 goals and 41 assists. Barzal has led the Islanders in scoring in each of the last three seasons with the team and has played in the NHL All Star game in the last two seasons.

Join Mary Lisa for the NHL and San Jose Sharks podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Mary Lisa Tue Jan 12, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

NHL podcast with Len Shapiro: Six Stars players out for Covid-19 tests, New Jersey goalie Crawford takes indefinite leave; plus more

The Dallas Stars training facility in Frisco, Texas is shutdown as the Stars first two games to open the season has been postponed. This photo was taken on Wed Jan 6, 2021 and the facility shutdown on Friday. (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 Len, six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 forcing both opening games on Jan 14th and 15th back to back games to be postponed and that the Stars facilities were closed and will not be projected open any earlier than Jan 19th.

#2 Len, New Jersey Devils 36 year old goaltender Corey Crawford has requested to take an indefinite leave. Crawford did practice with the team on Dec 31 and Jan 1st before asking for two more days off including Friday making it three days off. Crawford reportedly is taking the indefinite time off due to personal reasons.

#3 The Columbus Blue Jackets said on Friday that 19 players missed practice on because of Covid 19 protocol issues and the Jackets said this was done of caution. Jackets head coach John Tortorella said out of 40 healthy players 21 skated Friday morning.

#4 Washington Capitals goalie Hendrik Lundqvist is recovering from open heart surgery and Lundqvist’s recovery is coming along well, “”Day three surgery went really well, about five hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Cleveland Clinic.” said Lundqvist.

#5 Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange will not start the 2021 season until a successful vaccine is ready. Lange who has broadcasted the Penguins for 46 years is 72 years old and said he wants to wait until the vaccine is distributed before coming back.

Len Shapiro does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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NHL podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Outdoor hockey opens up the NHL season at Tahoe; How ready is NHL travel plans to stay safe?

Taking in the view at Lake Tahoe where the NHL is scheduled to play featuring the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights and the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers the next day. (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 Mary Lisa welcome back on your first NHL podcast of the 2021 season. The NHL has plans to open the season up with outdoor hockey in Lake Tahoe. It will consist of two games that will not involve the San Jose Sharks nor fans.

#2 How ready and how good is the plan that the NHL has to make this season safe for the players. The teams will be traveling within their own divisions can they pull it off like they did in post season last year?

#3 The San Jose Sharks are opening their first ten games on the road. They’ll play two games in five different cities. Is this format a good adjustment in terms of the Sharks won’t have to play just one game and try and catch a flight but just stay in a town a couple nights before leaving for the next road game?

#4 The newest acquisition of the Washington Capital Zdeno Charo will be playing a bigger role with the Caps. Charo who left the Boston Bruins says he will get more playing time and will be able to contribute as much or more like when he was the Bruins.

#5 Mary Lisa talk about Patrick Marleau who comes back to the San Jose Sharks for third time after playing in Toronto and last season with Pittsburgh. What does his return mean for the Sharks and for Marleau personally?

Mary Lisa Walsh is a San Jose Sharks beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh Tue Jan 5, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington: NHL to open two outdoor games in Tahoe; How the Sharks opening up first 10 games on the road will work

The San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau in this Feb 22, 2020 photo skating against the New York Islanders will be doing a long tour of duty as the Sharks will open their first of ten games of the season on the road starting in Arizona on Jan 14, 2021 in Glendale (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt, Welcome back to another addition of the NHL season and hope your off season was great. Just wanted to start with the NHL considering opening the season up with two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe that won’t involve the San Jose Sharks and with no fans.

#1 The San Jose Sharks are scheduled to open their first ten games on the road because of San Jose and Santa Clara County has a shutdown ban and a ten day quarantine for anyone coming in and out of the County.

#2 Matt, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of playing away from your home rink for the first ten games of the season.

#3 The first ten games to open for the season is none too easy as it would be for any NHL that would open it’s season on the road, the Sharks will play two sets of games Jan 14 and 16th in Arizona, 18th and 20th in St Louis, 22 and 24th in Minnesota, and the 26 and 28th in Colorado.

#4 Last season for the post season the NHL held a very successful bubble in Toronto and Edmonton they won’t be doing anything like that this season because they won’t be able to see their families for a good six months in a bubble format like that. However where safety is concerned will travel put games and players at risk this season?

#5 In terms of getting these games going and getting players on and off planes and all the physical contact with each other in games will this still be a bigger undertaking as opposed to the way things were handled in the bubble during post season in Canada?

Matt Harrington is a beat writer for San Jose Sharks hockey at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Matt Harrington Sat Jan 2, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud


Headlines Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: NHL plans for 52 game schedule with lots of bubbles; Jackson is back as Ravens get big win; plus more

The NHL announced they will play a 52 game schedule that opens the regular season on Jan 13th 2021 with bubble sites for each division (fathead.com image photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 The NHL is planning to open the regular season on Jan 13th with a 52 game schedule using divisions playing each other and each division will be in a bubble. That includes all seven Canadian teams will stay in Canada and play in a bubble there. The schedule format is also planned to be a baseball schedule style three game series.

#2 The current pandemic has discussion for a 2020-21 season in a tentative position right now as things could change. No details on how post season would be handled but with Covid-19 the NHL plans to use every precaution to get the season underway and work.

#3 Jessica, the Baltimore Ravens(7-5) a big win over the Dallas Cowboys (3-9) 34-17 on Tuesday Night Football LeMar Jackson playing since being out from the Ravens last game Dec 2nd for Coronavirus related issues. Jackson on Tuesday threw for 107 yards two touchdowns.

#4 The NFL has played or will play their all sevens days of the week as the Ravens did last week on Wednesday night Dec 2nd and Tuesday. It’s rarity in the NFL but the 2020 season has brought the seven day football schedule. Will this be a regular schedule going forward the NFL is just trying to get this season finished before any further considerations.

#5 The NFL has not decided whether or not to play it’s post season in a bubble. The players union has talked to the players and they haven’t decided what to do yet. There have been a number of cases of Covid-19 infections during the regular season as teams travel from city to city. A bubble will keep everybody in one place but the players have not made a decision if that’s the way they’ll go.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports podcasts every other Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

SJ Sharks report: Joe Thornton Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Former San Jose Shark Joe Thornton joins the Toronto Maple Leafs after more than 15 seasons with the Sharks. Thornton who makes his home in San Jose in the off season left for Toronto Friday to sign with the Leafs (file photo from mercurynews.com)

By Mary Walsh

Joe Thornton signed a one year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday. The contract is worth $700,000. Currently, Thornton is in Switzerland, playing with HC Davos of the Swiss National League. He expects to be ready to go when the NHL starts the new season.

Thornton’s absence will be noticeable in San Jose. Whether he wore the Captain’s C or not, Thornton was a leader in the Sharks dressing room. His play and his experience helped guide many younger players over many seasons. Fans came to consider him very much the face of the franchise, even if he was not drafted by San Jose. The Sharks team Twitter account said simply: “Going to log off for a bit. Brb. Maybe.”

Evander Kane tweeted : “Man I’m going to miss ya, but feel very fortunate to play with you and become great friends. So many fun memories in a short period of time. I’ll make sure to keep your seat next to me at the back of the plane vacant until you come back.”

Brent Burns tweeted: “Daaaamn…. going to miss a lot more then just laughing with this guy… ultimate teammate, friend and guy to learn from..@MapleLeafs got a great one coming!”

Joining the Maple Leafs is more than leaving San Jose for Thornton. A Toronto Sun headline today reads: “Greybeard Joe Thornton comes home to join Maple Leafs.” The Maple Leafs are iconic to the hockey world, but Thornton was born in London, Ontario, so Toronto means family and a return to his roots.

Thornton is the leader among active players in points with 1,509. He scored 1,055 of those with San Jose over 15 seasons. He won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2006, for his performance during season that saw him traded from Boston to San Jose.

Patrick Marleau tweeted (by way of his wife’s account):

For more than two decades, Jumbo and I have been friends, with the vast majority of those years being teammates, too. I now consider him a brother. Toronto has gained a tremendous influence, and we will miss his presence here in San Jose. Good luck in TO! -PM

Marleau has just signed a one year contract with San Jose. Three seasons ago, he signed with Toronto and played two seasons there. According to NHL.com, Marleau said at that time that it was possible Thornton would sign with Toronto as well. Marleau had a three-year contract with Toronto, a deal that San Jose was unprepared to match.

One would think that the Sharks would have been willing to offer $700,000 for one more year of Thornton. Whether they did make that offer or not, Thornton’s absence signals significant changes to come in San Jose. After recent disappointments, that is probably a good thing in the long run. Whatever the future holds, the Sharks family will miss Jumbo Joe Thornton.

Sharks Report: Sharks Sign Marleau, Other Familiar Faces

Returning for the third time the San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau is back after playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Marleau also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs after leaving San Jose the first time. (image from @SAPSports)

By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks have been busy signing and re-signing familiar players. Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto return from their 2020 pandemic playoff teams. Kevin Labanc and Stefan Noesen were resigned. The Sharks also added a goaltender, trading a 2022 fifth round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Devan Dubnyk and a 2022 seventh round pick.

Of Dubnyk, the Sharks press release said: “Over his 11-year NHL career, the three-time NHL All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019) has appeared in 520 NHL games, earning a 247-195-52 record with a 2.58 GAA, .915 save percentage and 32 shutouts. He has also appeared in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with Minnesota, earning an 8-18 record with a 2.72 GAA and .904 SV% with two shutouts.” Minnesota retained 50% of Dubnyk’s salary. This is the last year of that contract.

Sharks General Manager, Doug Wilson said: “Devan has been one of the League’s top goaltenders for many years and after playing so many years in the Western Conference, is someone our hockey staff is very familiar with. As we head into what will surely be a unique season, his acquisition gives us a high-quality and experienced tandem of netminders.”

Patrick Marleau resigned a one-year contract with San Jose after playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins from the last trade deadline through a 2020 playoff run. Last season, Marleau joined the Sharks after the season started and had a good start, which faded along with the rest of the 2019-20 Sharks team. Despite that, he reached a number of milestones in 58 games with the Sharks. The team press release ennumerated them:

“In his first game back in teal, Marleau scored two goals to become the eighth player in NHL history to score a goal in his teens & 40s with the same franchise on Oct. 10 at Chicago. On Dec. 12, 2019 vs. the New York Rangers, he and Joe Thornton became the first set of teammates in NHL history having 1,600 regular-season games to their resume to play in the same game. Marleau appeared in his 1,700th NHL game on Jan. 11 vs. the Dallas Stars to become the fifth skater to reach the mark and scored his 100th career game-winning goal as a Shark the same night. On Jan. 27, he collected his 1,100th point as a Shark, achieving his 22nd consecutive season of at least 10 or more goals.”

Matt Nieto has also returned after playing 70 games with the Colorado Avalanche, including a playoff run in the Edmonton bubble. Nieto as drafted by the Sharks in 2011. Of the move, Doug Wilson said in a press release:

“Matt’s a player we’re obviously familiar with having been here for our Stanley Cup Final run in 2016 and he plays with speed and energy. His quickness and defensive responsibility made him one of the top penalty killers on Colorado and we feel that those assets, along with his decision making and playmaking, will bring a lot of elements to our team. We’re excited to have Matt back in San Jose.”

Kevin Labanc was re-signed to a four-year contract. Per ESPN, Labanc’s contract is worth an annual $4,725,000. Wilson said of the young forward:

“Kevin brings a rare level of offensive skill and creativity to our line-up and has established himself as a top-six forward in our league. His Game 7 playoff performance last season is one of the most iconic moments in Sharks history and is a perfect example of the impact he can have on a hockey game. Kevin has shown a consistent ability to perform at a high level in both the regular season and the playoffs and he will be a big part of our club in the coming years.”

Stefan Noesen was also re-signed from last year’s roster. Last season, Noesen joined the Sharks December 19 after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh. In the foreshortened season with San Jose, Noesen scored seven goals and to assists, and took 32 penalty minutes. He was the first Sharks player since Timo Meier to score a goal in his team debut.

Of Noesen’s return to the team, Wilson said:

“Stefan came in here last season and made a pretty seamless transition both on and off the ice. He plays the game with a high tempo and energy and isn’t afraid to stick up for his teammates. We think he fits well with how we want our team to play and are happy he is returning to San Jose.”

One very familiar face is still missing from next season’s roster: Joe Thornton. He has not yet signed with an NHL team, but is playing in Davos, Switzerland to prepare. He has not ruled out coming back to San Jose, but it is far from certain at this time.

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Dallas lives another day in double OT win; Seven game schedule for college football teams

The Dallas Stars Corey Perry (10) goes top shelf on Tampa Bay goaltender  Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for a first period goal in game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup at Rogers Centre in Edmonton (Canadian Press photo)

On Headline Sports with Daniel:

1 Stanley Cup finals – Lightning had a chance to close out Dallas

2 More major college football conferences firing up shortened schedules

3 Swingin ‘ A’s headed to the MLB playoffs

4 Tom Brennaman resigned from the Cincinnati Reds as broadcaster for the Reds

5 The passing of former Chicago Bear great Gayle Sayers RIP

Daniel Dullum does Headline Sports podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 podcast with Len Shapiro: You can be assured of another tough battle for game 6 Monday night

The Dallas Stars goaltender  Anton Khudobin (35) was kept busy all night and he stopped just enough shots to help the Stars win by one goal in double overtime. Here Khudobin stops the a shot as the Lightning’s left wing Yanni Gourde (37) and the Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen are ready for a loose puck (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Len:

#1 The Dallas Stars just got by and escaped elimination with  3-2 double overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Stars cut the Lightning’s series lead 3-2.

#2 In the first period the Dallas Stars Corey Perry (4) scored at 17:52 making it 1-0.

#3 Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ondej Palat (11) in the second period tied it up at 4:37 1-1

#4 In the third period the Lightning’s Mikhail Segachev (3) scored at 3:38 as Tampa Bay took the lead 2-1. The Stars Joe Pavelski (13) scored at 13:15 to tie it up once more 2-2.

#5 In double overtime the Dallas Stars Corey Perry (5) scored at 9:23 for the win 3-2

Len Shapiro did analysis on the NHL for the 2019-20 season on http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt Harrington: Lightning just get by Stars in OT 5-4 to take 3-1 series lead

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Kevin Shattenkirk (22) who scored the game winning goal in overtime at 6:34 against the Dallas Stars in game four at Rogers Centre in Edmonton (Canadian Press photo)

On Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Matt:

#1  Matt let’s go over the scoring in game 4 of the Finals on Friday night, John Klinberg scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to open the game in the first period at 7:17 Stars lead 1-0. Joe Pavelski (11) scores at 18:28 Stars take a 2-0 lead. The Bolts Brayden Point (12) scored at 19:27 cut the Starts lead to 2-1 to end the first period.

#2 Point (13) gets his second goal of the game to tie up the game 2-2 in the second period at 2:08, Corey Perry (3) gets the Stars the lead again 3-2 with a goal at 8:26 and the Lightning’s Yanni Gourde (7) scores at 18:54 to end the second period with a 3-3 tie.

#3 Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning to put them ahead once again at 6:41  to make it 4-3. The Stars Joe Pavelski(12) in the third period scores at 11:35 and once again the game is tied 4-4 forcing overtime.

#4 The game winner comes from the Lightning’s Kevin Shattenkirk (3) at 6:34 in overtime a power play goal for the 5-4 Tampa Bay win and the Lightning go up 3-1 in the series.

#5 Matt game 5 is on tonight the Lightning now have the momentum to win and end the series four games to one after getting a 3-1 series lead.

Matt Harrington does the NHL Stanley Cup Finals Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com