Honestly? It’s sad as hell.
We’ve all known he’s been struggling, but seeing it laid out like that feels a little brutal. Between Hansen’s attempts to stay positive and make the most of his opportunities, and Pete DeBoer splitting the blame between them, Willes paints a pretty vivid picture of a player who wants to be successful in this league and can’t seem to make it happen.
You can read the piece in full below, along with additional Sharks news and notes:
Jannik Hansen, struggling with Sharks, insists he hasn’t lost bite | The Province
About to turn 32, Hansen also becomes a UFA at the conclusion of this season and he understands he isn’t exactly hitting the open market at the peak of his value. A year ago, he seemed to land in an ideal situation with the ideal team. Now, well, he’s still got two months to salvage this season and that’s become his entire focus, largely because looking back is so damn depressing.
Sharks too reliant on divisional dominance for standings position | NBCS Bay Area
We know Tierney and Boedker’s stat sheets would look more sparse, but where would the Sharks as a whole be without the Pacific Division? Pretty much dead in the water.
NHL - Best trade destinations for Evander Kane
Sabres winger Evander Kane is one of the biggest names on the market. Could we see Jumbo Joe Thornton feathering passes to him with the Sharks? Will the Predators pounce if they don't land Rick Nash? And would Kane be a good fit on the Kings' top line?
Brent Burns returns to defense, leads Sharks to win
Burns scored a goal and picked up an assist after returning to the Sharks blue line Thursday.
Here’s some blood in the water around the league:
NHL still has long way to go until hockey is truly for everyone | NBCS Bay Area
The NHL deserves credit for their "Hockey Is For Everyone" month. At the same time, plenty of what they still do makes their title untrue.
NHL - Weekly Reader - Ranking all 31 general managers into tiers ahead of the trade deadline
While players get all the attention during trade season, what about the men pulling the strings in the front office? We slot all of them into one of eight tiers, from Golden Boys to Disaster Artists. Plus, Jersey Foul of the Week, Hall for Hart and more.
A guide to the NHL trade deadline: Analyzing the most important decisions - Sportsnet.ca
How far will the New York Rangers go in blowing up their roster? How aggressive will Garth Snow get in upgrading the New York Islanders? Will the Canucks have another successful day under Jim Benning? Dimitri Filipovic looks at some of the toughest deadline decisions.
Blues GM: Could be 'flurry of activity' on NHL trade deadline day - Sportsnet.ca
St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said he believes that NHL trade deadline day itself could be busy like it was last year.
Predators: How 'all-in' is Nashville ahead of NHL trade deadline?
The Predators are vying for their first Central Division title and the top seed in the Western Conference. They've already made two noteworthy moves this season, trading for top-six center Kyle Turris in November and luring Mike Fisher, who's aiming for an early March debut, out of retirement last month. What more do they need?
The art of the NHL rebuild - The Globe and Mail
With a bold open letter to the fans, the Rangers embark on a perilous journey back to hockey’s primetime
NHL trade deadline: History of first-round draft picks dealt for players | Sporting News
While general managers and their respective staff evaluate talent differently, the return one player retrieves for a team in one trade, and what players have cost at previous trade deadlines, goes a long way in informing future moves.
David Vallorani and the case of the AHL recall that wasn’t - Eyes On The Prize
The Laval Rocket were unaware of a fundamental AHL player eligibility rule.
Blackhawks losing streak: 5 reasons Chicago will miss the 2018 playoffs - SBNation.com
Almost everything that could’ve gone wrong has for Chicago this season.
Hockey fans got married at a Vegas Golden Knights game - SBNation.com
WHEN IN VEGAS?!?!?