Bold predictions for all 32 NHL teams

Everything you’re about to read is going to happen in the NHL this season. OK, most of it will. Some of it? At the very least, the thing about the Leafs. Probably. In my first column of the 2022-23 NHL season, I’ve made 32 bold predictions, one for each NHL team. They range from statistical … Read more

Sharks season preview: Quinn takes over the team in transition

The 2022-23 NHL season starts on October 7. With training camps open, takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on guard issues and the projected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today is the San Jose Sharks. Coach: David Quinn (first season) Last season: 32-37-13, sixth in Pacific Division; did … Read more

Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup, and it’s been even more recent that Juraj Slafkovsky was drafted first overall and a wild offseason brought Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Claude Giroux to the Ottawa Senators, and Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers. But now that … Read more

Auston Matthews’ tennis game, Fleury’s beer league, Suzuki’s French and more: Best nuggets from the NHL player tour

HENDERSON, Nev. — Was it the NHL’s annual preseason media event, or was it “Nathan MacKinnon: Unleashed”? It was the preseason media event, actually — but still, MacKinnon stole the show. He was great. On a number of topics. We’re not going to spoil it for you. The better part? MacKinnon wasn’t alone. He was … Read more

Quinn embraces second chance as NHL coach with Sharks

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer: preparations for the complete rebuild of his beach house, 22 – going on 23 – rounds of golf and a second chance to coach in the NHL after a year away, a year that almost saw him go frenzy after he was fired by the New York Rangers … Read more

Sharks, Evander Kane reach agreement on termination of contract

San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane reached an agreement on Friday to settle the complaint the NHLPA filed on Kane’s behalf after the Sharks granted him unconditional waivers in January. The details of the settlement have not been released, but according to an Oilers team source, this settlement will not affect Kane’s … Read more

Every NHL team’s biggest question heading into training camp

NHL training camps open next week, the preseason kicks off Sept. 24 and regular-season games are coming Oct. 7. After a long summer, the wait for the 2022-23 season is almost over. Has your team addressed all it needed to during the offseason? What concerns remain? To find out, The Athletic asked the reporters who … Read more

Karlsson hasn’t asked for trade from Sharks: report

Erik Karlsson said he hasn’t asked the San Jose Sharks to trade him amid their big changes this offseason. “No, I committed myself here a long time ago,” the defender told The Athletic in comments published Wednesday. “It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to early on. There’s probably a lot of things … Read more

Erik Karlsson on Sharks big changes, Brent Burns trade, his health: Q&A

It’s not exactly a controversial statement to say that Erik Karlsson could be the Sharks’ most important player this coming season. He’s the highest-paid player on the team, and one of the most well-compensated in the NHL, so naturally there are high expectations as a byproduct of that. The twist for this upcoming campaign, his … Read more

NHL prospect confidential: Unfiltered opinions on travel, big purchases and … ‘How I Met Your Mother’?

ARLINGTON, Va. — For five hours earlier this week, 27 young NHL players and prospects posed for photographs — on and off the ice, action and portrait — to be featured on their Upper Deck trading cards. The participants also autographed hundreds of items, also for the trading card company. In between the photoshoots and … Read more