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Deep Blue Sea: A re-introduction

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Everything’s as if we never said goodbye.

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 11: Joe Pavelski #16 of the Dallas Stars is honored before his first game as a visitor against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on January 11, 2020 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

It feels fitting that not long after Joe Pavelski returned to San Jose for the first time in a different sweater, I’m making my own re-introduction here.

Of course, I never really left, but if you’ve stuck around the site, you’ve certainly noticed that since the announcement from SB Nation that the California Communities would be changing in the new year, things have been a little quiet around here, as the site was left in a bit of limbo. There was still a job to do, but the direction was suddenly lost and the future seemed uncertain.

We’ll limbo no more. I have been hired full-time as a Community Manager for the California NHL Team Brands and that means I’m here to serve you, the community of Sharks fans at Fear the Fin.

Getting things started this week, we’ll be rolling Deep Blue Sea out of its hideaway and back to the front page, giving you daily news and notes from around the league and about the Sharks, as well as the previous night’s scores and recaps. You can chat with me in the comments about anything on these posts, whether that’s one of these stories or what I can do to help the community here at Fear the Fin.

Let’s get started, yeah?

News & Notes

  • Speaking of Joe Pavelski returning to the tank, let’s start today off with a good cry:
  • Among those of us watching the Pavs’ return was none other than former Shark Joel Ward, who had this to say about the night:
  • Sharks takeaways: What we learned in memorable 2-1 win over Stars [NBC Sports]
  • Joe Pavelski on tribute, reception: “It was just a tremendous night, they did it right” [The Mercury News]
  • Sharks’ Patrick Marleau defies laws of time, has Gordie Howe in sights [NBC Sports]
  • Aaron Dell providing the foundation as Sharks showing some signs of life [The Athletic]
  • Sharks’ Tomas Hertl on NHL All-Star nod: “I will be enjoying every moment” [The Mercury News]
  • Facts and Figures: Marleau, Thornton reach milestones for Sharks [NHL.com]
  • And finally, Christina Marleau is perhaps unintentionally over-sharing about her husband’s um ... stamina? Just kidding, but I am glad I get to follow her again without having to read about the Leafs.

Blood in the Water Around the League

  • Ray Shero Is No Longer Devils GM After He and the Team “Agreed To Part Ways” [All About The Jersey]
  • Sources: Women’s 3-on-3 set for All-Star Weekend [ESPN]
  • Bold second-half predictions for all 31 NHL teams [ESPN]
  • Midseason grades for all 31 NHL teams [ESPN]
  • The Wysh List: The 15 most shocking events of the NHL’s first half [ESPN]
  • It’s happening! Sidney Crosby practices with team, takes line rushes [Pensburgh]
  • NHL getting in their own way punishing Zack Kassian for Matthew Tkachuk beatdown [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Top 10 Plays of 2020 WJC VIDEO [NHL Network]
  • NHL Numbers: The Good, The Bad, And The Unlikely [The Hockey News]
  • NHL Black Hockey History Tour Returns [NHL.com]

Scores & Recaps

On the Schedule

It’s an off day for the Sharks and a light one on the NHL schedule, with four games starting at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific, followed by the Ducks visiting the Blues just an hour behind the others. I’d probably start the night off with Canes versus Caps or Bruins at Flyers, before catching the end of Ducks versus Blues.

Here’s the full league schedule for the evening:

What’re you watching tonight? Come back to chat during the game!