SAN JOSE — As the Sharks shop for a fourth line center on the trade market, Danny O’Regan continues to go about his business.
O’Regan is the latest Sharks forward to receive an audition at the fourth line center position. He’ll suit up for his seventh-consecutive game at the position Tuesday when the Sharks (30-18-8) take on the Arizona Coyotes (14-32-10) at SAP Center as rumors swirl that general manager Doug Wilson is trying to swing a deal to bring Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec to town.
“I don’t listen to any of that stuff, I don’t look at it. I just throw some Netflix on when I get back,” O’Regan said. “I’m focusing on the team that’s inside the locker room right now. You can’t worry about any of that stuff because that will get in your head.”
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O’Regan is fifth player to get a look at fourth line center this season. Chris Tierney started the season in the middle of the fourth line and received a promotion after just two game, creating a gaping hole at the bottom of the lineup. After Tierney moved up, the Sharks gave Ryan Carpenter a chance to lock down the job, but he got waived on Dec. 12 after 16 games. Barclay Goodrow and Joel Ward also played some games at fourth line center before O’Regan started his second tour at the position on Feb. 2.
But the fourth line still isn’t giving the Sharks what head coach Pete DeBoer needs: sustained offensive zone time. O’Regan has yet to find the scoresheet in his second stint on fourth line and he’s produced a possession rating of less than 50 percent in four of his last six games.
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Source:: East Bay – Sports