After David Quinn officially became the coach of the San Jose Sharks on July 26, he began contacting several of the team’s players, including veterans like Logan Couture, Erik Karlsson, and Mark Edwards, along with some individuals in Canada. Face-to-face meetings were included. Vlasak
In terms of hockey, though, you’ll start getting real this week.
For the first time since 2015 when Pat de Boer and company arrived, the Sharks are getting used to an entirely new coaching staff, as Quinn, along with assistants Scott Gordon, Brian Wiseman, and Ryan Warsowski, begin their first training camp together on Thursday. are starting The team’s practice facility in San Jose.
“The players are on their toes a little more, no question about it,” said NHL Network analyst Ken Denico, who played for 11 coaches during a 20-year career with the New Jersey Devils. “I think that’s a good thing. The slate is wiped clean.”
The Sharks went in a new direction after three straight years without a playoff appearance, firing coach Bob Bogner and assistants John McLean, John Madden and Dan Darrow on July 1.
That cleared the decks for Mike Grier, who named Bogner general manager of the Sharks shortly after he left, to get his staff.
It didn’t take long for Grier to hire Quinn, who spent the last few months as the New York Rangers’ bench boss after three seasons coaching Team USA to the Olympics in Beijing and the World Championships in Latvia.
With these two American teams, Quinn has to quickly get everyone on the same page, something he will need to do in a truncated Sharks camp with the start of his regular season just two weeks away. .
“One of the things we want to be is a strong, fast team,” Quinn said this summer. “A team that plays over people, takes away time and space, an organized team that plays with freedom.”
The Sharks already have some players who know what to expect from Quinn.
Goalie Strauss-Mann, who is expected to play with the Barracuda this season, was on the U.S. Olympic and World Championship teams, and Thomas Bordello and Jacob Magna were on the Worlds team.
“He was telling you what you needed to be told,” Bordello said of Quinn’s approach. “He wasn’t backing down and he wasn’t afraid of confrontation. He really respects you as a person, but he wants you to be the best hockey player you can be, so if you’re going to be tough, is, so he (will).
At Boston University from 2007 to 2009, Nick Bonino played for Quinn, then an associate coach with the Terriers under Jake Parker.
“I’ve been in contact with him and the only guy who will bring accountability and work hard,” Bonino said of Quinn on the Shark Audio Network. “And as a Sharks fan, you’re going to see us work, I’ll tell you that. That’s one of his attributes, and what’s made him so successful.
Cody McLeod, who played half of the 2018-19 season for Queen, echoed that sentiment.
“He’s a demanding coach and you better be prepared to do better,” said McLeod, who played 11-plus seasons in the NHL and is now a development coach with the Minnesota Wild. “He’s a fair coach and whoever is working hard and playing their best will play.”
The Sharks have three days of practice before hosting Los Angeles in their first preseason game at the SAP Center.
The Sharks will then wrap up their preseason schedule next week with two games against Anaheim and one against Vegas, then head to Europe for an exhibition game against Eisbären Berlin on Oct. 4.
The Sharks plan to take 27 players on the trip to help prevent injuries and possibly decide the last remaining roster spots for two regular-season games against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 7 and 8. The Sharks would have to be down to 23. Players the day before their games with Nashville.
“Whoever deserves to play will play,” Bordello said of Quinn’s approach. “He doesn’t give anything away. You have to earn what you get. That’s the way he is and that’s definitely what we want from a coach.
“It didn’t matter who you were, or where you played in the lineup, just do your job and be ready to work,” McLeod said. “I really enjoyed playing for him.”
Time will tell if Quinn can get the Sharks closer to a playoff spot. Now is the time to get used to his style.
“When you have a new coaching staff and different eyes on you, you want to impress,” Denico said. “Everybody’s motivated, but you get a little bit more juice and say, ‘I want to prove to this guy that I can be part of a solution and an answer with the San Jose Sharks.’
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