Posts made in 2012

Retooling the sharks part 1: management

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Changing of the guard in Western Conference – ESPN: The Sharks? It’s a little more complicated than Detroit. For starters, they don’t have anything coming off their cap that’s really that noteworthy. The likes of Torrey Mitchell, Dominic Moore and Daniel Winnik are UFAs July 1, but all of the high-paid, core players remain signed. Longtime Shark Patrick Marleau was a huge disappointment in the five-game loss to St. Louis, going pointless. He’s got two more years at $6.9 million a year and a no-trade clause to boot. Martin Havlat had a...

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And the Sharks go golfing….

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012

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 Trying to put this loss in context. It didn’t hit me as hard as some years, because I fully expected it, but still, this Sharks team shouldn’t be going out in the first round. Dave Pollak at the Merc has an interesting perspective: Aftermath of a record-early elimination: Sharks waiting till Tuesday to pack things up for the season | Working the Corners: Five games. Every other first-round exit lasted six. Until Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, who won their first playoff series since 2002. Think about that for a second. Since St. Louis last won a series, the...

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Making Sense of the Playoffs, the story so far edition

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012

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The Sharks played the best game of the playoffs tonight in game 4 — and still lost. The Sharks broadcasters tried to put what positive spin they could on it, but this is not the time of year for moral victories, and you don’t get an extra game in the series for a well-played loss. You lose. It was good to see Marleau back at center. My suggestion to coach McLellan: leave him there. it leverages his speed, and it gets him in the game, and I always feel he’s more effective there than at wing. I won’t complain about Niemi — he’s been doing his part. is it...

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Making sense of the playoffs, the suspension edition

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012

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KuklasKorner : KK Hockey : What Is The Difference Between Perception And Misperception?: This was a sin so egregious Shanahan, the NHL senior vice president of player safety, will have no choice but to act swiftly to suspend Torres, right Commissioner Bettman? “You’re asking me to prejudge something,’’ Bettman answered. “I’m certain it was observed by hockey operations and in particular player safety and to the extent it requires review or action, they will do it. But let’s not jump the gun.’‘ Bettman believes too many people have done just that during an ugly postseason...

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Consistency and head hits in hockey…

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012

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There was an interesting set of events in the games tonight surrounding the concussion protocol in the NHL. In the Sharks/Blues game, St. Louis goaltender Halak was run over and hit in the head by one of his own guys, requiring some time to get his bearings. Even though he ultimately wanted to continue, the trainer convinced him to go off the ice, and he was replaced by Elliot. The original report on him was that Halak was going to return, but evidently something tightened up, because later, he was reported as having a lower body injury and day to day. Elliot finished the game (and won), and...

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