San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner decided to send a message to two of his key young players Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
Wingers Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc were both demoted to the fourth line after the opening frame.
"They were both horrible in the first period," Boughner said, according to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz. "They didn't deserve to play in the top six or the top nine for that matter. I just made the decision after the first period, if you're not ready to play, put both those guys on the same line and let them try to figured it out down there."