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NHL rumors: Sharks coach Peter DeBoer to sign multiyear contract extension

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NHL rumors: Sharks coach Peter DeBoer to sign multiyear contract extension

Peter DeBoer's future appears to be staying behind the San Jose Sharks' bench.

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos said Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada "it's imminent" that the Sharks coach will sign a multiyear contract extension

The Athletic's Kevin Kurz reported in December that DeBoer already had signed an extension for "either two or three more seasons." The coach reportedly was entering the final year of a four-year deal he signed in 2015 when he took the San Jose job.

Regardless if the extension is about to be signed or has been signed, DeBoer has proven to be a steady force for the Sharks. He entered Saturday with a 180-106-81 record behind the San Jose bench, and the team has been a perennial contender under DeBoer's watch.

DeBoer, 50, also coached the Florida Panthers (2008-11) and the New Jersey Devils (2011-15) in the NHL, compiling a 397-306-108 overall record in 11 seasons. He took the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, and did the same with the Sharks in 2016.

Patrick Marleau reflects on Sharks return during drive to SAP Center

Patrick Marleau reflects on Sharks return during drive to SAP Center

Patrick Marleau is back where he always wanted to be.

The Sharks icon signed a contract to return to his first franchise on Oct. 8, and the reunion has been nothing but magical in the three games since.

In his first game back with the team, Marleau scored two goals to help the Sharks beat Chicago for their first win of the season.

But then things got really emotional when Marleau played in front of Sharks fans for the first time on Sunday against Calgary. During a video tribute in the first period, Marleau could be seen wiping away tears. It was one of those moments that gave everyone chills.

"When you're not in a training camp, don't have a team and you're seeing everybody's playing, you're anxious, you're excited to get back out there and play," Marleau told NBC Sports California analyst Scott Hannan during an exclusive interview earlier this week. "For me to be able to put on the Sharks jersey again ... as silly as it sounds, to go out of the Shark head, to slip the jersey on and go out the Shark head, I don't think there's anything better than that. To do it in front of the fans here that are so passionate, it's truly amazing."

Marleau and Hannan jumped into the 40-year-old's Mercedes SUV and drove from his home to SAP Center in San Jose before Wednesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Along the way, they spoke about the feeling of returning to the Sharks.

Just like Marleau, Hannan started his career with San Jose and then returned at the end of career for one last stint.

"To play in a place for so long, and then to be able to to come back and hopefully finish it here where it all started would be ideal for myself and for my family," Marleau said. "This is where we're going to live when I'm done and retired. This is where the family is. Where our heart is. Where our home is. It's great that I was able to come back here and play here once again."

[RELATED: How Marleau has filled a void]

The full ride-along interview between Marleau and Hannan can be seen during Sharks Pregame Live at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday. Marleau and the Sharks go for their fourth straight win as they host the Buffalo Sabres, the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Sharks' tough tests continue as team faces East-commanding Sabres

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Sharks' tough tests continue as team faces East-commanding Sabres

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks might've tallied their third straight win on Wednesday night by beating a tough Carolina Hurricanes team. But their work against tough Eastern Conference competition has only begun.

Saturday night's contest marks the start of a six-game stretch against teams from the other side of the country, which starts with a home-and-home the Sharks will play against the conference-leading Buffalo Sabres.

That's right. The Sabres have command of the east at the moment. And the offensive weapons they'll bring to the next two games are sure to challenge some areas where San Jose has been at its weakest -- getting hemmed in their own zone and giving opponents too many chances.

Buffalo isn't leading the entire league with 13 points by accident. Through their first eight games of the 2019-20 season, they've outscored their opponents 29-18 and have a power play that has found the back of the net 11 times in 31 attempts so far.

Part of that success is because Victor Olofsson is tied for first in the league with six points per game on the young season. But the Sabres are also getting set-up help from Rasmus Dahlin, a ten-goal boost from captain Jack Eichel, and an offensive jolt from winger Jeff Skinner who continues to roll after posting a career-best 40 goals last season.

Add to it that netminder Carter Hutton is leading the league with a 1.39 goals-against average and .953 save percentage and you have the makings of a team on a red-hot start.

Not to mention one that will put the Sharks to the test.

The Sharks weren't completely satisfied with the effort they put on the ice last Wednesday against Carolina, especially in the first period when they were heavily pinned into their own end of the ice and got outshot 16-7. Despite scoring two power-play goals in that first frame San Jose knew that their penalty kill was the reason the Hurricanes weren't able to take the game over in the second stanza when the score was just 3-1. 

After the win, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer gave a lot of credit to Martin Jones in helping keep the Canes from taking the game over, especially with their power play. "Your goalie's always your best penalty killer," he said. "(Jones) was really solid. I thought in that first period [the score] could've been 3-3."

But the Sharks don't just need another big performance in the net on Saturday. They'll need to find a way to take the ice away from the Sabres and minimize their chances.

Needless to say, San Jose has to find a way to get more zone time against in their first period against the Sabres than they did in their first 20 against the Hurricanes. With an average 30.6 shots per game, Buffalo is winning games whether they outshoot their opponents or not -- not to mention being 6-1-0 when they score the first goal. San Jose might've caught a break in their last game by having a rough first period overshadowed by Evander Kane's hat trick and some killer saves on Jones' end, but they'll have to work harder to get out of their zone against a Buffalo team that's finding the back of the net early and often.

[RELATED: Sharks credit penalty kill in win over Canes]

This isn't to say it's all doom and gloom for the Sharks. They've cleaned a lot of things up over their last three games, getting big contributions from their special teams as well as from their goaltending. 

Getting positive contributions from all of those areas when they face off against the red-hot Sabres is really going to be the key.