Kukla's Korner Hockey
by petshark on 08/03/11 at 02:15 PM ET
While the extension of Brent Burns’s contract made a nice little splash in Shark Territory, it didn’t send out a lot of ripples, unless one considers Nashville’s paltry offer to Weber a ripple. I don’t.
We’re back to waiting, waiting, waiting for training camp to start. It seems like training camp is always more fun when some UFA gets a last minute invite. Is there a need for one? The Sharks cupboard seems pretty well stocked at the moment, aside from that ellusive 3rd liner. It won’t be Zherdev. He’s gone back to the KHL.
Ooh look, I knew if I waited a tiny bit longer, the Sharks would say something. They’re so shy. You have to be patient with them:
David Pollak: “MORE THAN A RUMOR: San Jose definitely interested in adding D Colin White now that Devils have bought out his contract.”
There’s a wee bit more on that at Pollak’s blog.
Okay… Colin White‘s not exactly a 3rd line forward but hey, while we were all waiting for a D man last summer, Wilson signed our new number 1 goalie. Just keeping us on our toes I guess. Back to the waiting.
There is some possibility that ex-Worcester Shark Dan DaSilva will also be going to the KHL, though there has been no confirmation of that yet.
Al Stalock is expected to miss most of the season recovering from his gruesome injury last season. I can’t say that is a surprise. Nerve damage is very slow to heal, here’s hoping it all goes well.
Apparently things are looking up a little for David Perron. He will not be able to attend training camp but he’s making progress. That it is taking so long is still horrible.
Also horrible, the NHL was still struggling with the matter of crimes and consequences as late as the playoffs. They are making some effort to prevent players from returning to the game with head injuries, though they can’t catch them all. That is an important thing, since the available research shows mismanagement of concussions is where much of the long term damage comes from. The quiet room does present a fairness problem because it removes a player from the game, imposing a penalty of sorts for getting hit. Fair or not, I’m glad that the NHL didn’t wait to sort out how to make it fair before enacting the policy. The head injuries won’t wait, neither should treatment.
The policy hasn’t been in place long enough for us to see the ways it might be fully exploited. Is it too much to hope that someone might get in front of that one? Probably, considering how behind the NHL is on other matters.
How to penalize offenders is still up in the air, rules don’t give players enough direction, don’t draw the lines clearly enough. Sure, anyone with some sense can decide for himself whether he wants to hit people in the head. I’ve watched Douglas Murray display some surprising contortion skills trying to avoid hitting players in the head. But not everyone’s as clever as Douglas Murray. Clear guidelines are still needed.
I remember comparing the Thornton suspension to the Briere suspension last season. It was one of the few situations I could make sense of in terms of suspension length, and then only because the Briere suspension was a little longer. I still don’t know what Joe Thornton was supposed to do to avoid hitting Perron. The only option really was to step aside and let him skate past, which is not how you play the game.
Around the same time, Briere got a longer suspension than Thornton did, though his high stick didn’t cause any lasting harm. But what he did was entirely avoidable, his intent was clear. Pushing your stick in someone’s face is a no-no.
Score one for penalizing crime over consequence. But that was all the way back in November 2010. By playoffs many players still didn’t know how to avoid suspensions. There was one hit in the TB-BOS series (I think) that looked a little like the Thornton hit, and resulted in no suspension. I think it was M-A Bergeron who made the hit. Unlike Thornton, he did skate directly at the player who didn’t see him coming, though he pulled up at the last second, reducing the impact somewhat. I can’t remember what the consequences were, except that there was no suspension.
Did a full season of tinkering gives us clarity in the rules or policy? Not so much. Let’s see how things start out this season without Campbell to point to.
David Pollak: “It’s official—D Colin White now a Shark with San Jose adding $1 million to the $2 million New Jersey’s paying him. It’s a one-year deal.”
Sounds like a deal the team couldn’t pass up. Nice.
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