This season’s start has felt weird, thanks the the team’s excursion to Europe while the rest of the league was still in preseason, but now that the whole league is on the same page, the Hockey Gods wasted no time to slap San Jose Sharks fans in the face with evidence of just how different the 2022-23 team is from its previous regime.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re still losing. That part hasn’t changed.
But seeing Brent Burns in that bright red Carolina Hurricanes jersey is jarring. For the first time since 2011, the Sharks had to find out what it’s like to play against Burns. Turns out — when he’s not playing 28 minutes each night — it kind of sucks!
At least San Jose attempted emotional warfare on the veteran blueliner, playing a tribute video before puck drop, while also projecting some admittedly sick artwork of Burnzie in front of the Shark head logo onto the ice.
Watch the full tribute video below:
The beard.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 15, 2022
The Return of the Wookiee...
Welcome back, Burnzie pic.twitter.com/wvDQWvbJf3
News & Notes
- Sharks’ offensive woes continue to home opener loss to Hurricanes [The Mercury News]
- Burns Returns, Canes Grind Sharks Down 2-1 [San Jose Hockey Now]
- 10 bold San Jose Sharks predictions for 2022-23: William Eklund’s point total? Top-5 draft pick? [The Athletic]
- Preview: Sharks vs. Blackhawks [NHL.com]
- Aho’s late winner lifts Canes past Sharks [Canes Country]
Blood in the Water
- NHL Trade Market Might Get Crafty to Avoid Salary Cap Constraints [The Hockey News]
- NHL 23 Review: Gameplay Videos, Features and Impressions [Bleacher Report]
- NHL Position Rankings for the 2022-2023 Season: Center [Bleacher Report]
- Unmasked: Retired goalie greats say future of position in good hands [NHL.com]
- Why the women’s national team is asking for ‘a seat at the table’ amidst Hockey Canada overhaul [The Athletic]
- McMahon: This Week in College Hockey, Oct. 13, 2022 [College Hockey News]
- Flames forward Kadri gets Stanley Cup ring, visit from Avalanche [NHL.com]
Recaps & Scores
- Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
- Montreal Canadiens 0, Detroit Red Wings 3
- New York Rangers 1, Winnipeg Jets 4
- Carolina Hurricanes 2, San Jose Sharks 1
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On the Schedule
- Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on MSG-B, BSFL, ESPN+
- Vancouver Canucks at Philadelphia Flyers, 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on SNP, NBCSP, ESPN+
- Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on NESN, BSAZ, ESPN+
- Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on MSG, BSDET, ESPN+
- Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on CITY, SNE, TVAS, NBCSWA, ESPN+
- Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on CBC, SNO, SNW, SNP, ESPN+
- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on NHLN, ATTSN-PT, BSSUN
- Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders, 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET on MSGSN, BSSC, ESPN+
- Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on BSMW, BSOH, ESPN+
- Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on BSN, BSWIX, BSW, ESPN+
- Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on BSSW, BSSO, ESPN+
- Vegas Golden Knights at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on ROOT-NW, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+
- Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on NBCSCA, NBCSCH, ESPN+
- Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on CBC, SN, CITY, ESPN+