San Jose Sharks fire coach Bob Boughner, assistants
Sharks Coaches Fired Hockey FILE - San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner, center top, center Jasper Weatherby (26), Nick Bonino (13) and center Logan Couture (39) watch as they play the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, April 16, 2022. The San Jose Sharks have abruptly fired coach Bob Boughner and his staff two months after the regular season ended. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth), File (Michael Ainsworth)The San Jose Sharks have fired coach Bob Boughner and his staff two months after the regular season ended. Video coach Dan Darrow also was fired, and the Sharks said no replacements were immediately named. Boughner, 51, coached the Sharks for the past 2 1/2 seasons after replacing Peter DeBoer in December 2019.wftv.com
Sharks lose 7 team members, head coach to COVID-19 protocol
Forwards Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Dahlen and Matt Nieto, defensemen Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, along with Boughner were sidelined. The team did not confirm that any of the players or Boughner tested positive, just that they were placed in COVID-19 protocol. Sharks center Logan Couture also missed the game due to feeling ill, but the Sharks' captain was not placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocol, the team said. Sharks assistant coach John MacLean assumed head coaching duties. Barracuda forward Noah Grego was also placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.wftv.com
Sharks look to make most of extended road trip
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson, of Sweden, skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A disappointing 2019-20 season kept the San Jose Sharks out of the NHL bubble when the season restarted following the long break for the coronavirus. The Sharks are set to open the season on an eight-game road trip before their first two scheduled home games Feb. 1 and 3 against Vegas. San Jose has six of eight games on the road after the opening two home games, hosting Anaheim on Feb. 13 and 15. The Sharks then come back home Feb. 26 and are scheduled to play 24 of their last 38 games in San Jose.
Minnesota trades goalie Dubnyk, forward Donato to San Jose
(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks in two separate deals Monday, continuing their makeover under general manager Bill Guerin. The selection the Sharks sent to the Wild was originally Pittsburgh's, first dealt to San Jose on Feb. 24 for forward Patrick Marleau. The Wild now own two 2021 picks from the Penguins, who traded next year's first-rounder to Minnesota for forward Jason Zucker. Donato, who is the son of former Bruins stalwart Ted Donato, has 29 goals and 28 assists in 130 career NHL games. The 26-year-old Soucy had seven goals, seven assists and a team-leading plus-16 rating in 55 games in his first full NHL season.