The San Jose Sharks goaltender (33) Adin Hill will get the start against the Edmonton Oilers in the home opener at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Oct 16, 2021 (Mercury News file photo)
San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 Len, Sharks head coach has named Adin Hill to start in goal on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets but it’s not an indication that he will be the starter is this a test drive.
#2 The Sharks open a five game road trip starting in Montreal on Tuesday night will Boughner look at alternating goaltenders throughout the trip to get an idea who may have the hot hand?
#3 “My message was, I don’t think I’m making anybody a (No. 1) or a 1A,” Boughner told the Mercury News “These guys will have to compete all year for the net.”
#4 Len talk about the other goaltender James Reimer he was in goal for the Sharks minor league affiliate the Barracuda loads of experience with 173 wins and 131 loses, 11 years of NHL experience and Boughner is hoping these goaltenders can be reliable all season long.
#5 The Edmonton Oilers star player Conner McDavid who led the Oilers with 33 goals last season, got two points and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks last Wednesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Oilers picked up an opening night win 3-2 in a shootout that’s a narrow contest how much of contest will the Oilers offense put up when they skate against Hill in net for the Sharks?
Things are mounting against San Jose Sharks Evander Kane who was cleared for gambling on hockey and now is not participating in training camp until he’s cleared for sexual assault allegations made by his wife Anna. Here is Kane holding bricks of cash. (file photo Sports Illustrated)
Len Shapiro on the San Jose Sharks:
#1 Len going into Sunday’s split squad games how much of a distraction will the Evander Kane assault allegations by his wife Anna create with the media and fans asking more questions about the accusation than about hockey.
#2 The players will not be available for in person interviews which might be a saving grace for the organization and the dressing room as the Sharks now will be scouting and looking at rookies and diamonds in the rough without in person interviews Kane.
#3 Head coach Bob Boughner and general manager Doug Wilson don’t know if Kane will ever be welcomed back to the club, Kane was expected back after he was cleared of the gambling on hockey accusations but with the domestic sexual assault allegations by Anna even if there is a lack of evidence again it’s a stain between Kane and his teammates if he was to come back.
#4 Len in other hockey news the Sharks have announced that they will be having another Spanish broadcast for TV and live streaming on Sat Oct 30th vs. Winnipeg at SAP Center. The Spanish broadcast will only be for just one game but it’s something that fans in the South Bay would like to see the Sharks do more often.
#5 Len, At the mic for all the Sharks Spanish play by play Jesus Zerate and color analyst Amaury Pi Gonzalez. Zerate is the San Francisco 49ers play by play Spanish announcer and Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead Spanish radio play by play announcer.
The San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) comes off the bench to thank goaltender Josef Korenar (32) who was in goal on Mon Apr 26, 2021 for the win at SAP Center in San Jose against the Arizona Coyotes (photo from Bay Area News Group)
On the Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 The San Jose Sharks (21-27-7) will play their final game of the 2021 season with the Vegas Golden Knights (24-26-6) tonight at SAP season. The Sharks have lost their last five out of six games and were eliminated from the playoffs.
#2 The Sharks will bench their starting goaltender Martin Jones tonight is benching Jones an indication amongst the talk that Jones could be gone next season?
#3 For the second consecutive season since signing Erik Karlsson the Sharks who had given up players like Joe Pavelski, Justin Braun, and Joonas Donskoi the team failed to make the post season and the team will be going through changes this off season.
#4 Defenseman Brent Burns could be playing his last game as a Shark the Seattle Kraken are going to make their expansion choices from the different NHL teams and Burns could be one of those choices.
#5 For next season the Sharks have been taking a look and are considering goalies Josef Korenar and Alexei Melnichuk.
Len did the San Jose Sharks podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com during the 2021 season and is the former media relations manager for the former NHL California Golden Seals
The San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) makes a glove save on the Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown’s (32) shot on Sat Apr 3, 2021 in the second game of the two game series at Staples Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)
#1 The San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner is no surprisingly relieved or happy as the Sharks take a four game win streak into Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
#2 The Sharks on Friday night got a shutout from goaltender Martin Jones in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center and won the 2 game series on Saturday night with a win over the Kings 3-2 in close contest.
#3 The Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at SAP Center in San Jose and this should be a game that the Sharks should win on their home ice.
#3 In other hockey news Len up to 20 Vancouver Canucks players on protocol list, the list includes Thatcher Demko and Bo Horvat. The Canucks have had four games postponed, Mar 31, Apr 3, 4, 6. The Canucks are concerned about the new variant and just bad timing during the season.
#5 The Canucks have the worst recorded cases of Covid 19 in professional sports so far with over 20 players and coaches it was also reported that family members of the Canucks have also caught the virus. The Canucks as a team could end up having more than four games canceled.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) looks back after the San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (not seen in photo) scores in the first period at SAP Center in San Jose on Mon Mar 22, 2021 (AP News photo)
#1 The San Jose Sharks (12-14-4) who had been struggling with a four game loss streak brought it to an end on Monday night with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings (13-12-6) a crucial win.
#2 The Sharks Logan Couture and Ryan Danato both scored a goal a piece. Couture’s goal came in the first period at 8:22 and Danato’s which turned out to be the game winner at 3:48.
#3 Head coach Bob Boughner said to the team not to focus where they are in the standing right now but focus on each game as they the team prepares for game 2 of this two game series on Wednesday night.
#4 Martin Jones who had some rough games in goal this season had a fine game on Monday night stopping 41 of 42 shots allowing just one Kings goal by Matt Roy who scored in the second period to tie the game at 17:31.
#5 The Sharks who came off that four game losing streak and narrowly won on Monday will face off with the Kings again tonight at 7:30pm how much will Boughner push the offense to get more goals for tonight’s game?
San Jose Sharks goaltender Devan Dubnyk center gets congratulated by Marc-Edouard Vlasic (left) and center Ryan Danato (16) after the Sharks win on Mon Mar 8, 2021 at SAP Center San Jose (@SanJoseSharks photo)
On the Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 Len, after losing three straight games the San Jose Sharks (9-11-3) looked like they tightened down the defense despite getting behind early 2-0 on Monday night against the St Louis Blues (14-8-2).
#2 The defense played a big enough role for San Jose that allowed them to tie the score at 2-2 in the second and third periods with a goal a piece from Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
#3 The Sharks in their last few games have been getting goal scoring help from their defencemen and Vlasic’s goal on Monday night no exception.
#4 Evander Kane can come out and get one in the back of the net and he didn’t waste anytime on Monday night 41 seconds in the overtime and scored the game winner.
#5 The Sharks open up back to back games in Anaheim this Friday and Saturday. The Anaheim Ducks (7-12-6) have lost five of their last six games this is a team that has been struggling will this give the Sharks an opportunity to take advantage of the Ducks?
The San Jose Sharks Erik Karlsson (foreground) skates past the Sharks bench for a victory lap after scoring a third period goal on Mon Mar 1, 2021 against the Colorado Avalanche during game 1 of their two game series at SAP Center in San Jose (AP News photo)
On the Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 Len for the San Jose Sharks a big win turning it around from Saturday’s loss to the St Louis Blues 7-6 and getting a four goal win on Monday night 6-2 against the Colorado Avalanche.
#2 It was a game for the Sharks against the Avs that they got help from defencemen Radim Simek and Erik Karlsson.
#3 How important is it for Karlsson to get that first goal of the season under his belt?
#4 The lines were dominate on Monday night and it was said that it was the Sharks best game of the year coming back down 2-0 to score six unanswered goals.
#5 The Sharks and Avalanche face off again at SAP Center tonight at 7:30pm given that the Avs lost in a Sharks come backer fashion there is little doubt Colorado will come out firing on all cylinders?
During the shootout stanza the San Jose Sharks Kevin Labanc tries to put one on net but the puck is stopped by Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller on Sat Feb 6, 2021 at the Honda Center in Anaheim (AP News photo)
On the San Jose Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 Saturday night another nail biter for the San Jose Sharks and a shootout this time in Anaheim against the Ducks at the Honda Center. Anaheim’s Max Comtois got the game winning shot in the shootout for the 2-1 win.
#2 The Ducks got shootout scoring help from Troy Terry and the Sharks Ryan Danato both scored. The Ducks goalie Ryan Miller saved shot attempts from Logan Couture and Kevin LaBanc.
#3 At the beginning of the game the Couture scored 11 seconds into the first period. Then the Ducks Isac Lundestrom answered right back in the second period at 5:42 to tie up the game and that was all the scoring in regulation.
#4 In goal the Sharks and Ducks saw some great defense for the Sharks Devon Dubnyk worked hard and saw a plenty of shots stopping 32 and the Ducks Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots in a good defensive game.
#5 The Sharks have today and Monday off and are in Los Angeles to face the Kings on Tuesday and Thursday at Staples Center. The Kings have a four game loss streak and played the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday and took a tough one goal loss 4-3. The Sharks stay in the Southland for their next two games a two game series in LA.
SAP Center as it looked for the 25th Anniversary of the San Jose Sharks franchise the team might consider moving out of San Jose if Google, BART and other developments take over their parking, traffic, and parking concerns cut into their fan base. (file photo from NHL.com)
On the SJ Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 The San Jose Sharks say that parking and construction from the nearby Google project will cut into their parking lot. The Sharks who wrote a letter to their fans saying that they had concerns about Google taking part of the Sharks parking lot would cut into the team’s revenue.
#2 Did the City of San Jose have a hand in the planning because the Sharks are certainly a huge part of the South Bay sports community particularly in the San Jose city limits where they and the San Jose Earthquakes play and they would be a huge void if they left.
#3 Sharks president Jonathan Becher said the team supports development but said that the neighborhood shouldn’t have to be suffocated by a rash of 65 new buildings on 84 acres nearby the Caltrain station and BART station across the street from where the Sharks play. BART is expected to move in by 2030.
#4 Gridlock is a huge concern for the Sharks in the neighborhood with Google, fans coming to SAP Center, an expected 30,000 workers and 5,900 apartments for new housing.
#5 If the Sharks do get frustrated and move elsewhere they can’t move to Chase Center in San Francisco because they don’t have ice and in Sacramento at Golden One Center who also doesn’t have ice. The only place they can go to is the Oakland Coliseum Arena where they can fit ice but will the Sharks want to go Oakland and leave a downtown location?