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Why Logan Couture believes Joe Thornton would make bad quarantine partner


Why Logan Couture believes Joe Thornton would make bad quarantine partner

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has restricted most of us to our homes, as the country and world attempt to mitigate the drastic effects through social distancing. Hopefully, you're surrounded by the people that make you feel better about the situation, and not ones that drive you up a wall. However, it's likely you didn't have much of a choice as to who you've been quarantining with. In times like these, safety takes priority over preference, and rightfully so.

Sharks captain Logan Couture has remained in the Bay Area ever since the NHL season was indefinitely paused on March 12. He is holed up with his girlfriend, who apparently makes for a much better quarantine partner than one of his longtime teammates.

As part of a video call with the NHL and a few Pacific Division rivals Friday morning, each of the participants was asked which of their respective teammates they would most and least want to be quarantined with, and why. Couture had no trouble coming up with his answer for the latter.

"The least one's easy," Couture said. "[Joe Thornton]. I don't know how he's surviving right now. The guy has ADD, for sure. If he can't go to the rink, he's lost."

Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf, who has played with Thornton on Team Canada, agreed with that assessment.

"That's 100 percent true," the longtime Sharks nemesis chimed in.

"I don't know what he's doing," Couture continued. "I've texted him a couple times throughout this just to check in on him, see how he's doing."

At last update, Thornton, 40, insisted he has multiple seasons left. As in, plural. Maybe he is going a little stir crazy.

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As for who Couture thinks would make for a great quarantine partner, he took a bit longer to arrive at an answer, but ultimately landed on someone who, technically, isn't his teammate.

"I'll say Barclay Goodrow, even though he was just traded," Couture responded. "I think him and I have the most in common, and I still count him as being a Shark. He's only been in Tampa for a little bit, so he'd be my guy."

It has been just over a month since Goodrow was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a first-round draft pick, nearly half of which has occurred since the league halted play. He and Couture spent five-plus seasons as teammates in San Jose, so one would imagine they know what makes each other tick.

Best of luck to you and yours as we each do our part to help flatten the curve. If you're anything like Thornton, hopefully there's a socially-distant rink nearby.

Barclay Goodrow thanks Sharks fans after being traded to Lightning

Barclay Goodrow thanks Sharks fans after being traded to Lightning

Barclay Goodrow was 21 years old when he first suited up for the Sharks. His run in San Jose came to an end Monday when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

San Jose also sent Tampa a 2020 third-round draft pick, and received a 2020 first-round pick and Anthony Greco in return from the Lightning. Later Monday night, Goodrow thanked Sharks fans for six years of memories.

Goodrow, who turns 27 years old Wednesday, always will have a place in the hearts of Sharks fans. He became a hero when he scored the game-winning goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series last season.

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He has scored a career-high 24 points this season -- eight goals and 16 assists. 

Goodrow has 71 points over 268 career games. The Toronto native has scored 26 goals and 45 assists as a Shark. 

Sharks restock draft pick arsenal through NHL trade deadline moves

Sharks restock draft pick arsenal through NHL trade deadline moves

The Sharks’ cupboard of draft picks is a lot better stocked than it was a week ago.

San Jose had every reason to be a seller at Monday's NHL trade deadline, and did a good job of turning current short-term assets -- of little use during an otherwise lost season -- into ones that should expedite the franchise's goal of getting back into contention starting next year. The Sharks made three significant trades, and in each one, they added at least one valuable future draft pick.

For Brenden Dillon, San Jose received the Colorado Avalanche's 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-rounder from the Washington Capitals, which could turn into a 2020 third-round selection if the Capitals go on to win the Stanley Cup.

For Patrick Marleau, the Sharks got the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2021 third-round pick, which will become a 2021 second-rounder if Pittsburgh lifts Lord Stanley.

Then, for Barclay Goodrow and the Philadelphia Flyers' 2020 third-round pick, San Jose acquired Anthony Greco and a 2020 first-round choice from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

So, to summarize: In exchange for Goodrow, two pending unrestricted free agents and the Flyers' third-rounder, the Sharks added four picks -- all of which fall in the first three rounds -- over the next two drafts. Combined with its previously owned selections, San Jose currently holds at least seven picks in each of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 NHL drafts.

Additionally, the Sharks now own a 2020 first-round pick again after previously sending their own to the Ottawa Senators as part of the 2018 trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson.

With a rebuilt collection of assets, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is excited by the possibilities it affords the franchise.

"We always evaluate the draft," Wilson said after the trade deadline. "It’s not just the first-round pick; it’s the two seconds. We think we can identify some guys in the draft that are some talented forwards that we’re probably looking for to add to our group, but we also match that up with some potential availability of players that could be available in trade prior to the draft, too."

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Given the way San Jose's season has gone and the fact the Sharks didn't acquire any sure-fire NHL players at the deadline, they clearly need an influx of talent. The draft picks acquired in the trades for Dillon, Marleau and Goodrow certainly should help with that, whether the Sharks make those selections or another team does.