Thursday Chum Bucket: How do you solve a problem like the Sharks' PK?
Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.
- It's one of the Sharks' bigger areas of concern heading into the 2013 season: the penalty kill. David Pollak talks to the team's revamped coaching staff about how they plan to fix it, which includes adding several more forward tandems to the PK fold and pressuring the points. [Mercury News]
- Sharks announced their 2013 broadcast schedule yesterday. 45 games will be on Comcast Sports Net California-HD, 2 will be on CSNCA+ and the last game of the season will either be on NBC or NBCSN so as long as you live in the Bay Area (or have a Center Ice package) you won't have to miss a game. [San Jose Sharks]
- This gallery of the Sharks' 2013 team photos is incredible and includes a noticeably less creepy Matt Pelech, an awkward-as-ever Patrick Marleau, an unfortunate reminder John Ferguson Jr. is still employed by San Jose, Mike Ricci looking like Pauly Shore from Biodome and a Michal Handzus who appears as baby-faced as Tommy Wingels. [Getty Images]
- But of course the highlight was Brent Burns, who appears to have grown a full-on Anchorman-style depression beard. Milk was a bad choice. Greg put together a phenomenal graphic displaying the evolution of Burns' team photos over the years. [Puck Daddy]
- Speaking of Burns, he's unsurprisingly unlikely to play on Sunday in Calgary. [CSN Bay Area]
- Kurz recaps the Pacific Division's offseason moves. [CSN Bay Area]
- Video: Bracken Kearns has impressed at camp, according to Todd McLellan. Kearns also appears to be the favorite to claim Joe Thornton's role as the team's designated shirtless interviewee. [San Jose Sharks]
- I'm a bit late to the party on this post but Cam Charron's defense of Roberto Luongo as the Canucks' 2013 starter is a must-read. [Canucks Army]
- Ten players to watch in the NHL this season. [Grantland]
- The league might have a new CBA in place but it has decidedly had zero impact on the likelihood of offer sheet signings as guys like Jamie Benn, P.K. Subban and Ryan O'Reilly remain restricted free agents. [Backhand Shelf]
- Thomas Drance expertly trolls the entire city of Edmonton, which will henceforth be known as "pulling a Pronger." [Vice]