Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: leadership
This morning, Brent Burns was skating with Colin White. No one skated for long, but that’s what I saw. Predictably, the other two pair were Boyle with Vlasic and Braun with Demers. Forward lines pretty much the same as in the last game. From David Pollak’s observations, don’t expect to see Douglas Murray. Niemi starts. I mean, I assume he will. He left the ice first and there’s been no breaking news to the contrary.
The Stars, as could be expected since they played last night in Vancouver, mostly didn’t skate.
“The players know where we’re at. The time crunch is on them. They know what’s left. They know what the standings are. We can pretend it’s game 31, but it doesn’t feel that.” -Todd McLellan, Working the Corners
Neither team has an edge in the “we feel really pissed off about losing in our last game” standings. They should both be a little testy tonight. Have at it, fellas.
Yesterday, Kevin Kurz tried to answer the question of “What’s gone wrong with the Sharks?” His general points seem sound enough, but I was surprised to see which two defensemen he singled out as problems:
Apparently Todd McLellan chose “trust” as the theme of the season for the Sharks. If the team has been doing trust exercises, I bet there are a lot of bruised derrieres right now. This morning Twitter was fairly quiet regarding the Sharks. Two lone tweets came out from practice saying only that the gates were closed and the injured defensemen were skating before the group. It was an unsettling silence, a silence that allowed for all manner of speculation after yesterday’s loss.
@FTFsTCY: “There are definitely rumors floating around today. Just an FYI that any involving Marleau are bunk. He has a full NMC.”
It turns out that David Pollak was still in transit from Denver, and his internet access was limited. Kevin Kurz was ill. I guess Mark Emmons just didn’t feel very chatty. Nothing much came out today in terms of Sharks news, especially about the NHL issues of the day. No one has a concussion and McLellan has not been fired. And no, Marleau is not being traded (as far as we know).