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Sep 21, 2021
2021-22 Pittsburgh Penguins Preview: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it

2021-22 Pittsburgh Penguins Preview: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Not many things changed in Pittsburgh, despite a first-round exit, but don’t hit the alarm just yet. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming into the 2021-22 season the way they always do: not the best team in their division, but still pretty good. The team still has much of the core left, only losing small pieces from year to year since their back-to-back Cups in 2016 and 2017. Players like Sidney Crobsy, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are still all there, if a bit older, but the team still has some young talent like Jake Guentzel to make up for...
Sep 19, 2021
2021 Rookie Faceoff Recap, Game 2: Big Ben backstops 5-2 win

2021 Rookie Faceoff Recap, Game 2: Big Ben backstops 5-2 win

Photo by Dennis Pajot/ The Sharks rookies and goaltender Benjamin Gaudreau secure a 5-2 win over Vegas. After a stunning 8-4 Game 1 defeat at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks’ rookies (led by Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale), the San Jose Sharks rookies bounced back for a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights prospects in Game 2. Goaltending prospect Benjamin Gaudreau got the start this game, and from puck drop he looked in control in net. The Sharks’ downfalls in Game 1 were gaps in defensive coverage, complicated (and unsuccessful) offensive movements and a...
Sep 19, 2021
Golden Knights at Sharks Rookie Tournament: Rosters, how to watch & open thread

Golden Knights at Sharks Rookie Tournament: Rosters, how to watch & open thread

Photo by Christopher Mast/ After the Anaheim Ducks prospects slaughtered San Jose in the first game of the 2021 Rookie Showcase, they’re back at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona, to face off against a squad of Vegas Golden Knights prospects. Broadcasts will be restricted to the teams’ local markets. Streaming information will be posted on the Sharks’ website, likely closer to puck drop at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. Audio broadcasts can be found on the Sharks Audio Network. Rosters SAN JOSE SHARKS Forwards Ethan Cardwell, Macauley Carson, Brandon Coe, William Eklund,...
Sep 19, 2021
2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs Preview: All or Nothing?

2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs Preview: All or Nothing?

Photo by Claus Andersen/ The Leafs are on the cusp of greatness. Too bad we’ve been saying that about them for half a decade. Ah, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The living embodiment of Sisyphus rolling a boulder up a hill. Or Charlie Brown trying to kick a football. No matter how many times the Leafs climb the playoff hill and come close to winning their first playoff series since 2004, the boulder rolls all the way back down and somehow robs them for good measure. And it seems to get more embarrassing each time. Toronto was expected to steamroll the Montreal Canadiens in...
Sep 19, 2021
2021-22 Florida Panthers Preview: Jumbo addition brings Cup dreams closer

2021-22 Florida Panthers Preview: Jumbo addition brings Cup dreams closer

Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via The Panthers already have the winning formula in their depth-heavy team — their biggest obstacle is the Atlantic Division. If last season’s ‘Battle for Florida’ Stanley Cup Playoffs taught us anything, it’s that the Panthers are done with losing in the first round. This off-season didn’t change much about their roster, but the Panthers already have the winning formula in their tight-knit, depth-heavy team. The biggest obstacle they’ll face this coming season is the competition in the Atlantic Division. Where...
Sep 18, 2021
2021 Rookie Faceoff Recap, Game 1: Sharks rookies no match for Zegras and Co.

2021 Rookie Faceoff Recap, Game 1: Sharks rookies no match for Zegras and Co.

Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via A penalty and goal-filled affair kicked off the Sharks’ 2021 Rookie Faceoff campaign. After a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the San Jose Sharks once again fielded a team of prospects to take part in the Rookie Faceoff tournament, joining the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, and the hosts, the Arizona Coyotes. The Sharks’ first game of the tournament took place in the Scottsdale Ice Den, where they took on the Anaheim Ducks. Zachary Emond got the call in goal for the...
Sep 17, 2021
Sharks at Ducks Rookie Tournament: Rosters, how to watch & open thread

Sharks at Ducks Rookie Tournament: Rosters, how to watch & open thread

Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via There’s hot rookie on rookie action going down in the desert this weekend, as a group of vaguely south-western United States teams come together for the annual Rookie Showcase. This year, the Arizona Coyotes are playing host, with games being held at Gila River Arena and the Ice Den practice facility. Broadcasts will be restricted to the teams’ local markets. Streaming information will be posted on the Sharks’ website, likely closer to puck drop at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Audio broadcasts can be found on the Sharks Audio...
Sep 16, 2021
2021-22 Minnesota Wild Preview: Will it come down to Kaprizov?

2021-22 Minnesota Wild Preview: Will it come down to Kaprizov?

Photo by Ethan Miller/ A lack of froward depth and stalled contract talks with Kaprizov set the stage for an uncertain future for the Wild’s 2021-22 success. Despite a first-round exit last spring, the Minnesota Wild are poised for a Stanley Cup run soon. Unfortunately, this off-season has been less than ideal for the team, with contract talks between the Wild and phenom Kirill Kaprizov stalling and an overall lack of improvement down the center. The 2021-22 season is a make-or-break for the team; the Wild have flirted with being an exciting team to watch, but their...
Sep 16, 2021
2021-22 Washington Capitals Preview: Running it back in DC

2021-22 Washington Capitals Preview: Running it back in DC

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Sticking with the core they know, the Capitals are hoping to make it out of the first round this year. It was a rather uneventful off-season for the Washington Capitals, opting to mainly stick with the team they have, and for good reason — over their last five seasons, they haven’t finished below second place in their division, only having finished in second place this previous season when they shifted to the East Division, per the NHL’s temporary division realignments due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they also have...
Sep 15, 2021
5 Sharks prospects in 2021 Rookie Faceoff Tournament & How to Watch

5 Sharks prospects in 2021 Rookie Faceoff Tournament & How to Watch

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Here’s how to watch and who to watch in the rookie showcase. The San Jose Sharks will participate in the Rookie Faceoff Tournament from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. The tournament will be held at Gila River Arena and the Ice Den Scottsdale in Arizona, with four teams from the Pacific Division (Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights) and two from the Central Division (Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche) taking part. The Sharks will play three games against the other top prospects in their division. The first game is...
Sep 15, 2021
Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Fear The Fin

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Fear The Fin

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Coming Thursday, comments will look different. Hey everyone, I’m Steph Driver, and I oversee all of our NHL sites. This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a brand new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our hockey communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change. Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL communities last year and to many of our soccer sites over the summer. Over 30 new versions of the...
Sep 14, 2021
Sharks sign Noah Gregor to 1-year contract extension

Sharks sign Noah Gregor to 1-year contract extension

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via The center is back on a bridge deal. Wrapping up a final piece of free agency business, general manager Doug Wilson has signed pending restricted free agent Noah Gregor to a one-year contract extension. The contract is worth $750,000 at the NHL level, with a $150,000 minors salary and a guaranteed minimum salary of $200,000. The 23-year-old is still waivers exempt through this season. Drafted in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks, Gregor has since appeared in 58 games with the big club,...
Sep 14, 2021
2021-22 Boston Bruins Preview: New faces in Beantown

2021-22 Boston Bruins Preview: New faces in Beantown

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Who are with Bruins without David Krejci and Tuukka Rask? Before jumping into the team preview the Boston Bruins, I should take a minute to remember former Boston Bruins player and Boston-native Jimmy Hayes. The 31-year-old died in mid-August. It was a loss felt not only by the players in the NHL, but also by the people of Boston. On the day of Hayes’ funeral, children lined the streets and offered a stick tap in tribute: The hockey world came together on Monday to mourn Jimmy HayesOutside of the church and along the funeral route,...
Sep 13, 2021
2021 NHL Free Agency: Every move by the Sharks

2021 NHL Free Agency: Every move by the Sharks

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via The Sharks made a splash, landing a couple of big names in Day 1 of Free Agency. It’s difficult to keep track of every move that Dealin’ Doug Wilson makes in the best of times, but when the whole league is making moves? Forget about it. Something is bound to get lost in all of the news. But have no worries. We’ll collect every move right here, and even provide links to more context and coverage. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the craziness of NHL Free Agency! Signings Andrew Cogliano, 34, LW — 1 year, $1 million...
Sep 13, 2021
2021-22 Edmonton Oilers Preview: It’s all about Cup contention

2021-22 Edmonton Oilers Preview: It’s all about Cup contention

Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Can the Oilers prove that they’re cup-ready with Duncan Keith? Despite having two of the best forwards in the game on their top line (cough, McDavid and Draisaitl, cough), the Edmonton Oilers have resided in relative mediocrity in the postseason. Will the 2021-22 season be the year where the Oilers prove that their exemplary regular season records aren’t all that they can offer, and finally compete for the Stanley Cup? Where they left off The story for the Edmonton Oilers is one of high highs and low lows. Last season they blew the...