Petshark: Talking Stick
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Brad Stuart hasn't given anyone reason to regret that he's a Shark again, but last night he made a particular splash with some extra gritty play and a charming grin to show off the dental work he got during the game. Stuart made an excellent ambassador for a team that had just scrambled to a shootout win after dropping a two goal lead.
The Sharks were outshot (33-22 in regulation), out chanced, and generally out-played through much of the game, but how can you be angry when Stuey lost a tooth and hardly missed a beat? Not to mention the short-handed goal from Adam Burish (which Stuart also made possible) and Scott Gomez finally scoring. The Sharks still make me wonder.
If Burns is practicing next to Stuart, what does that mean? The other d-pairs were: Murray-Irwin, Boyle-Vlasic, and Demers-Braun. So, a Stuart-Burns pair could mean something is going to be different tomorrow. Take your choice: Murray and Irwin sit, or Demers and Braun sit, (I had to take a second to catch my breath after laughing at that one) or Brad Stuart isn't playing tomorrow. That might also give you a chuckle unless you're like me and you always think people are injured, and you can't believe that Burns is ready to play yet:
@PollakOnSharks :Burns paired w/Stuart at #SJSharks practice today, McLellan says he's getting closer to starting. Sat vs. PHX? "That might be pushing it."
And no, Brent Burns has not shaved his beard as he told Brodie Brazil he would do. He not only said that he'd shave before he played, but that he'd shave when he got close to playing. I would say today is close to tomorrow, and still there he was all furry faced.
Boyle and Vlasic? Of course they will play, unless Boyle doesn't. Hey, it was just practice. Maybe no one will play where they practiced.
There was some fuss after Brad Stuart's hit on Gabriel Landeskog during the Saturday game in San Jose. There were two things about the fuss and the subsequent penalties that made me think "dumb, and dumber."
I am no expert on NHL hits, but Stuart's hit reminded me of a hit by Niklas Kronwall on Jakub Voracek in a game last season. There are probably better comparables out there, but it's one that was recent enough to fall under similar officiating and review standards.
Suffice to say, Landeskog came away from being hit in better shape than Voracek did. Still, the Kronwall hit didn't result in a suspension, or even a penalty. There was no reason to think the Stuart one would either.
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Brad Stuart predicted this.
Yesterday, David Pollak published some quotes from Brad Stuart about his career and about the Sharks, what he saw while he was here the first time, and what he saw playing against San Jose later. One of those answers might explain this mind-boggling start from Team Teal:
Pollak: "...wasn’t last year a step backward?"
Stuart: “Sometimes that can be a bit of a wake-up call and maybe that will motivate the team as a whole to not let that happen again. It all depends on how you handle it as individuals and as a team – who takes responsibility upon themselves to be better. And everybody’s got to do that.” -Working the Corners
So there you have it. This is what the Sharks look like when they are awake.
I think there's more to it. I recall many times last season when Joe Thornton would throw passes to no one. At first I thought this was a positioning issue, like he was too often in the same place or trying something new he wasn't used to. That doesn't seem to be the case. Obviously, the Sharks were having problems with their sonar:
What was that Sharks press conference about yesterday? I can’t begin to answer that. I don’t blame them that Dreger blabbed the Stuart news before it started, but they weren’t even prepared to confirm that news. So why did they meet with the press at all?
As the non-news trickled in, I thought maybe this was the owners’ attempt to quash those rude stories about them not being around or not knowing what was going on and nobody knowing who they were. That works.
Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos explained that they don’t tell Doug Wilson what to do with the team, even if he does run the big ticket items by the owners. I think that’s nice. Busy-body owners only muddle things, and what is a General Manager for if you don’t let him manage? They also mentioned that they are in this to win:
“Mission No. 1 around here is winning the Stanley Cup and that’s what this whole business is about,” Sclavos said. “We’ve been spending to the salary cap every year to put the best team on the ice that we think we can and in aggregate, the performance has been good. -Working the Corners
Aggregate isn’t a word I use much but I like that idea- don’t go jumping off of bridges over one step back if you’ve made progress over several seasons. While explaining that they’re not in it for the money, they mentioned that the organization isn’t in debt. That’s fairly dazzling in this era of debt junkies.
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News that Doug Wilson had traded a conditional 7th round pick and talking rights with Andrew Murray for talking rights with Brad Stuart was met with general approval by Sharks tweeters. To me it seemed odd. When I say “odd” I don’t mean wrong or crazy, just less straightforward than it appears to be.
Brad Stuart will be a free agent on July 1, unless he signs a contract with the Sharks before that. If, as was strongly rumored, Stuart had expressed a specific desire to come back to San Jose, why did Wilson have to trade anything at all to talk to him before July 1? Why did he have to officially talk to him before then? Because the market would swallow Stuart up with grand offers? Is he really likely to be overpaid by enough to spend more years away from his family? It doesn’t sound like he’s interested in exploring that: