Deep Blue Sea: Logan Couture on being a long-suffering Bills fan

Plus prospect rankings, puck tracking and more in today’s news and notes.

Like any good Ontario boy, Logan Couture is part of the Bills Mafia. Now that the Buffalo Bills are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance since 1993, Couture’s work/life balance consists of making sure he can follow along with the Bills game — even if he’s getting scores from the trainers during Sharks practice.

The Mercury News posted a Q&A with the Sharks captain, all about his Bills fandom. Since it’s a straight Q&A, I won’t give away too much, but here’s Couture’s earliest Bills memories:

Q: What are your earliest memories of watching the Bills on TV?

A: I remember watching Jim Kelly play, so probably in the 1990s. Guys like that. Thurman Thomas. And then as I got a little bit older, I remember them drafting J.P. Losman and being excited for him, and that didn’t work out. Then Trent Edwards, who is a Bay Area guy. I was excited about him. Throughout the years, Terrell Owens, and different players that have played for Buffalo.

The big memories for me growing up was just playing the Patriots and losing to them what seemed like every single time they played them and Tom Brady. So this year, it’s been nice not to see Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform.

Read more about it linked below.

News & Notes

  • Off the ice Q&A: For Sharks’ Logan Couture, loyalty to Buffalo Bills is paying off [The Mercury News]
  • Wheeler’s 2021 NHL prospect pool rankings: No. 22 San Jose Sharks [The Athletic]
  • Takeaways: Sharks are starting to buy what Bob Boughner’s selling [The Mercury News]
  • Hertl’s Shootout Goal Lifts Sharks Over Blues, 2-1 [NBC Bay Area]/

Blood in the Water

  • The case for the NHL keeping an all-Canadian division permanently [ESPN+]
  • Alex Ovechkin one of four Capitals placed on NHL covid-19 protocol-related absences list [Washington Post]
  • The unique path to the NHL for Pierre-Olivier Joseph [Pensburgh]
  • NHL 2021 debate: Which team is in danger of going from first to worst? [USA Today]
  • Here’s why the NHL is coming to Tahoe in the middle of a pandemic [SF Gate]
  • NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus the biggest surprise for every team after opening week [ESPN]
  • Why the NHL is halting use of pucks with tracking technology [CBS Sports]
  • Joe Thornton Injured and Likely to Miss Time: Maple Leafs Scrambling [NHL Trade Talk]/

Scores & Recaps

  • Edmonton Oilers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
  • San Jose Sharks 2, St. Louis Blues 1 (SO)
  • Minnesota Wild 3, Anaheim Ducks 2
  • Montreal Canadiens 5, Vancouver Canucks 6 (SO)
  • Arizona Coyotes 2, Vegas Golden Knights 5/

Click on a team name to find a recap on their SB Nation site!

On the Schedule

  • Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins, 4 PT/7 ET on SN, TVAS, NESN, NBCSP
  • New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders, 4 PT/7 ET on MSG+, MSG+ 2
  • Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators, 4 PT/7 ET on TSN5, RDS, TSN3
  • Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets, 4 PT/7 ET on NBCSN, FS-O
  • Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks, 6:30 PT/9:30 ET on NBCSN, SNP, TSN2, RDS
  • Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings, 7 PT/10 ET on ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-W, ALT/