Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/05/12 at 02:37 PM ET
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
The Sharks are now nested in eighth place, a blade away from ninth, and on one of their occasional long-term walkabouts. They’ve lost nine of their last 12, are faced with one of those dance-or-get-off-the-floor moment, and their head coach may not be back in time for their next road trip….
The problem of the Sharks has been diagnosed many ways by many folks, but it really boils down to this. They are playing as a sixth-to-eighth-place team playing sixth-to-eighth-place hockey – good enough for the playoffs, but not good enough to make a deep run.
You may cite injuries as the reason if you wish, but Bill Parcells wasn’t lying when he said “You are what the standings say you are.” Neither was former Sharks coach Kevin Constantine when he said, “Potential is synonymous with getting your ass kicked.”
The sentiment is the same. The winning and the losing is all the required data. But if you must know, the Sharks are where they are at because they still think they are what they are not – a team that can turn it on and off at will.
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