The ever-vigilant Dave Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News has posted that the Sharks will open training camp with Patrick Marleau on Joe Thornton’s wing. The duo will be flanked by Ryane Clowe, not Jonathan Cheechoo:
Here’s how the top forward lines will look on Day One:
Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Ryan Clowe
Milan Michalek-Joe Pavelski-Jonathan Cheechoo
Marcel Goc-Torrey Mitchell-Mike Grier
Tomas Plihal-Jeremy Roenick-Devin Setoguchi
I’m personally not a fan of putting Marleau and Thornton on the same line together except for the power play.
Just a quick note that hockey fans should check out the final post at Jes Golbez’s Hockey Rants. He’s one of the original handful of hockey bloggers and also a contributor to AOL FanHouse. We’ll all miss Golbez’s wicked sense of humor and his unexplainable man-crush on Pavol Demitra.
Point #1: Nothing brings out the anger in a sports fan like betrayal. Just ask a Ducks fan what he thinks of Paul Kariya, or listen to an Oilers fan spout off about Chris Pronger. It ain’t pretty.
Point #2: Nothing amplifies a sports fan’s passion like patriotism. Sports generally remains free of the political arena and acts as a uniting force for fans despite their political leanings.
Which brings us to young Alexander Radulov. It’s time to give him a history lesson because if he does return to the Nashville Predators, he’s going to be under fire for both points #1 and #2. Alex, I suggest you examine the sad, strange tale of a fallen American hero named Sergeant Slaughter .
Are you one of those people that yells “SHOOOOOOOOT!” when the defense holds on to the puck at the point? Well, guess what? While some people may have called you an impatient fan that doesn’t understand the “nuances” of the game, new Sharks coach Todd McLellan says you’re right.
I like to think that the NHL season has four actual seasons: pre-season, regular season, playoffs, and the silly season. The silly season stretches from the day the Stanley Cup is awarded until three weeks after free agency opens up and is filled with pre-free agency trades and post-July 1 outrageous contracts. After the silly season dies down, then comes the actual off-season. You know, that boring stretch where the only interesting discussion is speculation about a potential third jersey or which player is dating which minor celebrity. I call this period of time the off-off-season, and it runs to about the second week of September, or just before training camp starts.
Hello, Kukla readers, and check out my new digs in the Kukla Empire O’ Blogs! Hopefully, most of you know who I am. If you don’t, here’s a quick introduction: I’ve been covering the NHL on various sites for more than a decade, including Rivals.com (when they had money and covered pro leagues) and Sports Central. My blog started in 2004 and I started contributing to FoxSports.com in late 2006.