Deep Blue Sea: Radim Simek is a father!

Plus Jakob Chychrun might be heading East, a history of Black hockey players in San Jose and more in today’s news and notes.

The San Jose Sharks hit the road for four game in eight days — rough timing for brand new dad, Radim Simek.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, he and wife Anna welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Melinda. The couple announced the pregnancy on Instagram back in October.

Thankfully after this road trip, they’ll get a good amount of quality time together, between the All-Star Break and the Sharks’ relaxed schedule through what would’ve been the Olympic Break. As far as in-season hockey family planning goes, the timing could have been worse.

We’ll keep this one short and sweet: Massive congratulations to Radim and Anna on the gorgeous addition to their family!

News & Notes

  • San Jose Sharks History of Black Hockey Players [The Hockey Writers]
  • Sharks prospect Robins named WHL Player of the Week []
  • Karlsson ‘probably’ will miss Sharks’ upcoming road trip [NBC Sports Bay Area]
  • Sharks, Karlsson still determining ‘right thing to do’ with injury, but short-term outlook isn’t good [The Mercury News]
  • Sharks midseason report cards: Top forwards rate highly but need more support [The Athletic]
  • Three reasons for excitement, concern as Sharks reach midway point [NBC Sports Back Area]/

Blood in the Water

  • Rangers Have Made Offer to Arizona Coyotes for Jakob Chychrun [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Rem Pitlick was hurt by getting placed on waivers, but is optimistic [Hockey Wilderness]
  • ‘I was a Wild guy at heart’: Ryan Poehling on coming home [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Analytics did not exactly define the last Canadiens administration [Habs Eyes On The Prize]
  • “About Six Feet from a Moose’s Ass:” Clark Gillies was an Islanders icon from the onset [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • NHL Power Rankings: Avalanche rise to top halfway through the NHL season [CBS Sports]
  • Ranking the NHL’s 5 Biggest Surprises Halfway Through the 2021-22 Season [Bleacher Report]
  • Tickets Released For 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend In Vegas []/

Scores & Recaps

  • Anaheim Ducks 5, Boston Bruins 3
  • Los Angeles Kings 2, New York Rangers 3 (SO)
  • Dallas Stars 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1
  • Vegas Golden Knights 1, Washington Capitals 0
  • Montreal Canadiens 2, Minnesota Wild 8
  • Chicago Blackhawks 0, Colorado Avalanche 2
  • St. Louis Blues 1, Calgary Flames 7/

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

On the Schedule

  • Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on TSN5, RDS, MSG-B, ESPN+
  • Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on ESPN+, HULU
  • Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on SNW, SNP, ATTSN-PT, BSAZ, ESPN+
  • Vegas Golden Knights at Carolina Hurricanes, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on TVAS, BSSO, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+
  • Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders, 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET on MSG+, NBCSP, ESPN+
  • Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on TSN3, BSFL, ESPN+
  • Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on SN, ESPN+
  • Nashville Predators at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on ESPN+, HULU/