Report: Sharks assistant Boughner a candidate for Florida vacancy

Report: Sharks assistant Boughner a candidate for Florida vacancy

Editor's Note: The above video is from Oct. 18, 2016.

Sharks assistant Bob Boughner is once again a candidate for an NHL head coaching job.

According to TSN’s Pierre Lebrun, the Panthers have received permission from the Sharks to talk to Boughner about their head coaching vacancy. Last summer, Boughner was a candidate for the Colorado Avalanche’s head coaching job after Patrick Roy’s abrupt resignation. The job eventually went to Jared Bednar.

Boughner told NBC Sports California last September that he would still like to become an NHL head coach at some point.

“I think so. I think it’s important to get experience in the league first, which I have in Columbus and [in 2015-16] here,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with me coming back and getting even more experience. There’s something to learn every day in this league. 

“I think that’s the end game, to be a head coach in this league. … At the end of the day, I think that’s the end game, for sure.”

Boughner, 46, is primarily in charge of the Sharks’ defense and penalty kill. Defenseman Brent Burns, the likely Norris Trophy winner, has often credited Boughner for helping him transition back to the blue line after a season-and-a-half as a forward.

Prior to joining the Sharks, Boughner was the head coach of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires for eight seasons, leading them to Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. He was named as the OHL/CHL coach of the year in 2008 and 2009, and was an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.

Boughner played 630 games over 10 NHL seasons as a defenseman with the Sabres, Predators, Penguins, Flames, Hurricanes and Avalanche, wrapping up his career in Colorado for the final two seasons in 2003-04 and 2005-06.

The Sharks were fifth in the NHL in goals-against per game in 2016-17 (2.44), and had the league’s 18th-ranked penalty kill (80.7 percent).


Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video


Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video

Everyone knows the classic Christmas songs. Your family probably plays the same tunes year in and year out. 

It's time for the something fresh. 

The San Jose Sharks are here to bring some new flavor to Christmas spirit. On Friday, the team re-released the music video you all need to see, with their song "Holiday Sweater." Turn the volume up for this one.

Merry Christmas and good luck getting that jingle out of your head.

Joonas Donskoi shows his game-breaking talent in return to Sharks


Joonas Donskoi shows his game-breaking talent in return to Sharks

The San Jose Sharks sure missed Joonas Donskoi, didn’t they?

In his first game in 16 days, the Finnish winger made his presence felt during the Sharks’ 3-2 win over Calgary on Thursday. He assisted on San Jose’s first goal, and scored the game-winner, all in a tidy 13:42 in ice time, the fourth-fewest among Sharks forwards. 

San Jose did well enough in Donskoi’s absence. They went 3-2-1 and picked up seven points, buoyed by an explosion on the power play (six goals in six games) covering up for a lack of five-on-five scoring (nine goals). 

That trend reversed on Thursday, as the Sharks scored once on the power play and twice at even strength. Donskoi factored into both. 

His back-checking ensured San Jose got a clean zone entry, and eventually, a clean look at the goal when Timo Meier buried the rebound off of Chris Tierney’s shot. The game-winner was fortunate, yes, but once again a result of his hockey sense: Donskoi pulled up on Justin Braun’s cross-ice pass at the last second, allowing Thornton to shoot as he drove the net for a rebound. 

Two intelligent plays. Two goals. And ultimately, a Sharks win. 

His return benefitted San Jose on the scoresheet, but also aided the team on the lineup card. His presence allows the team to utilize players in proper roles, even when they aren’t completely healthy. 

The Sharks are still without Mikkel Boedker, and Melker Karlsson likely isn’t the right fit alongside Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, but the forward lines on Thursday were close to ideal otherwise. Joel Ward and Jannik Hansen, both pressed into third-line duty at times in Donskoi’s absence, comprised two-thirds of a strong fourth line. 

Peter DeBoer will still need to tweak, as Ward, Hansen, and Marcus Sorensen were the only Sharks able to control a majority of the five-on-five shot attempts. The loss of possession, though, reveals another factor Donskoi brings to the lineup.

Game-breaking talent. 

It can only get you so far, and certainly can’t solely be relied upon over long stretches. But sometimes, on a given night when the rest of the team isn’t at their best, that talent is enough to eke out a win. 

Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Martin Jones at his best can all be relied upon to carry the Sharks at times. So, too, can Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, but recovery and injury, respectively, have hampered their effectiveness at times this season. 

Donskoi is another player who fits that mold, and makes San Jose’s offense far more difficult for opponents to handle. He may not be their most valuable player this season, but he’s arguably the most important.