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from Drew Rememda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
You people in the chatrooms make me laugh. Not like you’re a clown, here to amuse me.. but I’m just saying…All I did last night (Tuesday) was opine that the NHL culture of defending a teammate that has been dropped by a perfectly clean bodycheck, 100% within the rules of the game is curious even ridiculous. The incident that was my jumping off point was Luke Schenn hammering Tomas Plihall right at the end of the game with a perfectly clean hit. A hit that Tomas called “great”. Marcel Goc rushed to confront Schenn and a small pushing and shoving match ensued. I questioned the legitimacy of Goc’s reaction.
I had the debate with Jeremy Roenick this morning at Sharks Ice. Just a note we didn’t yell, insult or question each others manhood. My basic question. Do you need to confront or fight every player who delivers a clean hit to a teammate?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In an interview, (Doug) Wilson listed three primary factors for the Sharks’ strong play — tactical changes by the coaching staff, the overall personnel upgrades and the growth or improvement of his team’s holdover players, many of whom had discouragingly average performances last season.
From the first day of training camp, McLellan stressed a more aggressive fore-check and less play on the perimeter. He especially wanted to see more shots directed toward the net. Last year, Detroit led the league by a wide margin in terms of overall shots on goal. That was a philosophy McLellan imported to his new gig.
It helps that Blake and Boyle both demonstrate strong offensive sensibilities from their defensive positions. Last year, the Sharks received only 113 scoring points all season from their top six defencemen (Craig Rivet, Christian Ehrhoff, Sandis Ozolinsh, Matt Carle, Marc-Eduard Vlasic and Kyle McLaren).
This season, the top six point-getters (Boyle, Blake, Ehrhoff, Vlasic, Lukowich and Alexei Semenov) already have 76 scoring points, with 41/2 months to go in the season.
From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
With a quarter of the season and Barry Melrose gone—Barry, we hardly knew ye, at least this go-around—it is time to look at the players who, point for point and dollar for dollar, have had the most profound impact since joining new teams in 2008-09.
1. Dan Boyle, Sharks defenseman, $6.67 million
The Sharks are getting their money’s worth out of a defenseman who signed a six-year deal with Tampa Bay (Melrose’s old team) last February but was traded to the Sharks on July 4. Like the estimable work of Brian Campbell in Chicago—Campbell had a trade-deadline spell with the Sharks last season—Boyle has come in to run the power play, move the puck and make the glut of high-end San Jose forwards better.
On Friday, SJSHARKS.com sat down with Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan to discuss his thoughts on the team as they hit the 20-game mark of the season.
It was stated in training camp that Joe Thornton was going to have to adjust with the new system and it seems that he has his line rounding into form and that he’s made the adjustment in style.
He’s done everything he’s been asked to do and I feel confident in what he’s doing. He’s backchecking, adjusted on the power play and trying to shoot the puck more. He’s also been a team leader.
Patrick Marleau has reemerged from a tough regular season last year. How proud of Patrick are you for turning it around?
I only know Patty from how I know him now. Stats wise he’s proven he is back. He is a great player and a better person. He’s being rewarded for his play and he’s smiling and enjoying the game.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Phoenix goalie was Brian Boucher. He volunteered his role in the play when we were talking after this morning’s skate and I brought up Ovechkin’s name in the context of Saturday night’s game.
“What are you going to do? It was a one in a million play? He was on his back and he just whacked at the puck,” Boucher said. “At the time I didn’t realize how unreal the goal was.”
“I couldn’t believe how far I had to keep moving and I still didn’t get,” Boucher said.
more and Boucher will be facing Ovechkin again tonight, this time as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
From the San Jose Sharks:
The branding of the “BlackArmor” sweater is a unique marketing partnership between the Sharks and Seagate, marking the 12th season that the organizations have been partners. Seagate also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Month” and the Seagate “Sharks Player of the Year” Awards.
The branding of the alternate sweater coincides with Seagate’s promotion of its BlackArmor™ product, the world’s first safe portable hard drive. The BlackArmor portable hard drive from Seagate is a storage solution that provides government-grade AES encryption…
Icethetics promises to have more feedback on the new black jerseys later today, as well.
How would you respond to the critics who say you’re past your prime or may question your decline in point production over the past few seasons?
It’s no secret that as you get older you tend to change your game a little. I still think there are things I can offer. When you get older, you need to find a team where a role is going to fit you. You can come in here and see this is a real good team. You can come and fit in right away and not have to do too much. Every night you just try to do something to help them win. My biggest thing is to fit in on a team capable of winning.
from the CP,
The San Jose Sharks have been tearing their way through the NHL so far this season.
And while the success has been partly due to strong performances from usual suspects like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov, it’s hard to ignore the contributions of Devin Setoguchi.
He bounced between San Jose and the team’s AHL affiliate in Worcester last season, but has found some serious stability early in his second year as a pro. Setoguchi is currently playing on the Sharks top line with Thornton and Marleau.
“I got a chance of a lifetime to play with two of the best players in the NHL,” he said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to make the best of it right now.”
from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Marty Turco was quite upset with himself. When asked what he was thinking at the time, he replied:
“I really didn’t know what I was thinking. Generally, I watch them (the opposition) and let them dictate, but I’m on my backhand at that particular time of the game, I don’t know what I was thinking.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
For the season, Sharks ratings are up more than 25 percent, and they’ve doubled among adults 25 to 54 years old — in other words, disaffected 49ers/Raiders/Giants/A’s/Warriors fans. I’d give the team some credit here for actively seizing the moment…
more and some Nabokov talk too…
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