Sharks broadcaster Randy Hahn is a curator and purveyor of exquisite words. He always knows how to translate a game in real-time. But it’s difficult to describe what’s happening right now with the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been so crazy in these initial stages of the last few days,” Hahn said from his home Thursday night. “That it hasn’t allowed maybe for that much time of reflection yet.”
“I’m very fearful that we’re headed into the heart of this, it’s the very beginning.”
Hahn, like all his South Bay neighbors, have been sheltering in place for the last several days. He’s taking every recommended precaution, and then some.
“It’s so hard to fight something you can’t see, right?,” Hahn said. “Forget about trying to see it, you’re not going to see it. Once you see it, it’s too late.”
“Our parents always told us to save some money for a rainy day. Well, guess what, it’s a rainy day.”
On a lighter note, Randy also has taken the time to reflect on what was a rough hockey season for the Sharks.
“Well, technically, it still is,” Hahn reminds us.
The biggest way he describes the 70 games San Jose has already played? Disappointment.
“That’s the predominant feeling from the top of the organization and Owner Hasso Plattner, right down to [Mascot] S.J. Sharkie,” Hahn said.
“The way last season ended, going to the third round, the amazing game sevens against Las Vegas and Colorado gave everyone a feeling the Sharks were right there.”
Goaltending continued to be a lightning-rod topic for the Sharks, who somehow carried one of the NHL’s best penalty kill despite struggling without the puck at even strength.
“It’s never just the goalie,” Hahn said. “It’s the players in front of the goalie and the system.
"The signs were already there last year, that they weren’t adhering to the kind of defensive system, and playing the way (coach) Pete DeBoer wanted them to play.”
And that trend didn’t immediately change under interim coach Bob Boughner, who also dealt with a lot more injury adversity to his team once the 2020 calendar year hit. Hahn would like to see Boughner take the helm with better circumstances next season.
“I dearly hope [Boughner] is hired as the Sharks head coach moving forward. Because I think he’s the right person for the job.”