Let’s start with a little piece of good news.
The Sharks offered a walking tour (and free lunch afterward) on Tuesday of the still-under-construction rink adjacent to their training facility which will be the new home of AHL Barracuda. While there is still a lot of work to be done over the next 12 months, it looks like it will be an absolute gem. The Barracuda playing at the SAP Center has never been an ideal situation for anyone, and playing in a 4,200-seat rink should create an exciting and much more appropriate atmosphere. Not only that, but there is also a sixth rink under construction in what is a 200,000 foot extension of the facility. According to the Sharks, this will make it the largest ice facility in North America.
So this is something to look forward to, especially if you like to watch young people in person. When the building opens next fall, some of the team’s top prospects could make their professional debuts like Ozzy Wiesblatt and Thomas Bordeleau, among others.
As for the current NHL squad, there seems to be some dismay among those of you who have submitted questions for this month’s mailbag. And, of course, I understand. So let’s go.
Note: Questions can be edited for clarity and length.
If Evander Kane is not in the opening night roster, what options do they have to try to replace him in the lineup without a major fall, if possible? – Jérémy H.