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Featuring: The San Jose Sharks

Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlethem, hello and welcome to Shut Your 5-Hole!

My goal here is to create a blog and podcast that covers the goaltending corps of an entire organization. Each year, after the Stanley Cup is awarded, I plan to randomly choose a brand new team.

This year, fate has selected the San Jose Sharks.

It’s interesting, because I was born and raised in San Jose. The Sharks are the team that got me into hockey, and Arturs Irbe is the goalie that got me into the position.

So it’s serendipitous that the Sharks are the team that get me into full-time hockey coverage.

On this site, I’ll be providing as complete of game breakdowns as I can, featuring stats for each goalie in the game. A lot of my content however will be featured on Instagram and Twitter.

All of my content for this year will be focused on the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda goalies. News, theories, analysis. I’ll be posting as often as possible on social.

At some point in the season, I would like to start doing a sort of “Game of the Week” feature on a Twitch channel I’ve reserved. While I can’t re-broadcast the game, I want to do my own live commentary, provide some in-game analysis.

First thing’s first, today is the NHL Draft. As of right now, the Sharks are rostered with James Reimer, Adin Hill, and Kaapo Kahkonen.

Per CapFriendly, the Sharks also have Strauss Mann, and Zacharie Émond under contract with Zach Sawchenko, and Alex Stalock as an RFA and UFA respectively.

My guess is that the Sharks won’t draft a goalie this year. Any goaltending movement may come in free agency next week. With Mike Grier making his debut as Sharks GM, I’m not sure where is head is at in terms of goaltending. The Sharks let go of most of its coaching core, though they decided to keep Evgeni Nabokov as goalie coach.

My gut tells me James Reimer and Adin Hill remain in San Jose as a 1A/1B tandem. Kaapo Kahkonen is currently an RFA, and I don’t expect San Jose to qualify him an offer. That means the Barracuda net will be open for business.

There’s still plenty of time before October, so there’s a lot that can go on between now and then. Let’s kick back and see what we have in store!

What do you think?

Written by Devin DiNardo

"Former" goaltender | Concussion Survivor | Former Rick Heinz Goalie Coach

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