Petshark: Talking Stick
The announcement said there were 16 thousand people there Saturday night to watch the Sharks preseason game against the Coyotes. I thought that was a pretty good turnout.
When people say “don’t hurt yourself,” they usually mean you are slacking off, not putting forward your best effort. In the case of this preseason game, I would say there was some of that. But it really is critical to not hurt yourself, so I couldn’t decide if it bothered me that a few players were just not themselves. It’s still September, the team doesn’t need any more injuries. Besides, in a game they will happen, like it or not. For example:
@PollakOnSharks:...linesman just took puck where nobody wants to get hit by a puck. He’s persevering, but in obvious discomfort.
Ugh. So I’m not going to whine about players with nothing to gain from this game not seeming to over-extend themselves. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Tonight’s lineup features Vlasic’s return but no Burns, the second line on top (minus Havlat, plus Ferriero) and a new mix of lower lines: McCarthy-Desjardins-Wingels, Mashinter-Guite-MacIntyre. Oh, and the McGinn-Handzus-Mitchell line which isn’t at all new.
Nemo was back on the ice for practice. Praise the hockey gods. Petrecki is also ready to play, after quietly finishing hip rehab. I wondered where he was disappearing to during scrimmages. He will be with Vlasic, Braun with Vandermeer and White with Demers. I keep seeing White listed as “C White” instead of just “White.” I know we had another White last season but let it go already, Colin is our new White, I think it is safe to just say “White.”
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Thanks, Brodie, it was nice to get some attention for the new glass and boards system at HP. I agree that we will see a lot more game and a lot less stanchion. I’m not sure it will provide as much of a home ice advantage as suggested in Brodie’s article.
“They are more lively,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton told me. “It will be a nice home ice advantage, you know we’ll get used to those boards. It’s going to be good for us.” -Sharks Talk
Seeing it on the schedule, I went to see some Sharks skate with some kids at the Oakland Ice Center. That was Wednesday afternoon.
I got lost once in Oakland, out by the docks and warehouses. I didn’t mean to be anywhere near the docks or the warehouses, but I took a wrong exit and then decided to correct the mistake via surface streets. I always carry a sat nav now.
Brodie Brazil had a few things to say about how the Sharks’ top lines will look when the season starts:
Go ahead and ink in Joe Thornton, centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski. There’s San Jose’s top line to begin the season…it’s pretty clear to see Todd McLellan following that with Logan Couture, flanked by Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat. -Sharks Talk
I must have missed the quote where McLellan says he’s sorted out the 3rd slots on the top lines and isn’t giving it another thought.
The whittling of the 2011-12 roster continues as the Sharks release six more players from camp:
• Sena Acolatse to Worcester (AHL)
• JP Anderson to Mississauga (OHL)
• Curt Gogol to Worcester (AHL)
• Freddie Hamilton to Niagara (OHL)
• Nathan Moon to Worcester (AHL)
• Michael Sgarbossa to Sudbury (OHL)
I can’t help but notice that the name of this event is “Teal and White,” not “Black and A Touch of Teal.” Ahem.
It’s what they call the annual pre-season shindig for Sharks season ticket holders, held at HP Pavilion. The Sharks do a number of things open to folks who can’t afford season tickets or even many game tickets at all. There are opportunities to meet players or watch them skate, at no cost but your time. So the woman who said that hockey is kind of a “people’s sport” wasn’t far off. You can be a fan and do fan stuff without shelling out a lot of dough.
Teal and White isn’t one of those things.
I can’t tell whether I’m grinning because hockey is coming back to the Cow Palace or because the ECHL team is named the Bulls. Either way, it’s something to smile about:
@PollakOnSharks: ECHL says the Cow Palace will be home to one of its teams in 2012-13. A warm Bay Area welcome, please, for your San Francisco Bulls.
@PollakOnSharks:... Official SF Bulls announcement confirmed, second source on the record.
Monday morning, Sharks Ice
The fact that all the wrist bands were given out yesterday, and the fact that so many people were here Saturday, has been mentioned in a few places. Fan attendance is important, obviously, and a whole lot easier on the weekends for most.
Still no Vlasic on the ice, but reason to believe he is in the building somewhere. So, safe to assume he’s not carrying the plague or anything. Get well soon, Pickles.
This morning I asked a few of the fans some questions about who why and where… It seemed like the thing to do. I went looking for said people in the rink where the team was scheduled to warm up. Heemskerk and Sateri were on the ice early, working with their coaches. Shortly after 9 am, the rest of the skaters arrived and started with some short passing drills.
Sunday morning, Sharks Ice
I spent Saturday feeling like a rat in a kitchen, and I don’t mean an “ooh goody I found a bag of oatmeal next to this big wheel of cheese” happy rat. For the record, no one tried to stomp me, it was just a state of mind I get into when I’m in new situations. That level of crazy has subsided, partly because there is nothing scheduled that might involve me falling into a situation that is so insanely foreign to me that I start chewing on the walls. Another part of it is: they let me back in. I guess I didn’t break anything.
I’m sorry I don’t have a decent report from yesterday. I actually wrote a lot about that but it all boiled down to a drawn-out scream of “what am I doing here?” and had nothing to do with the Sharks. You can’t choose which part of the lake they throw you into, and you can’t learn to swim any faster for being thrown in the deep end. First time in the water, not drowning is a win.
Today it is almost like normal me being at practice, except that I don’t absolutely have to sit on the cold benches by the rink. I probably will go out there anyway, because not being able to hear the skating gives me the jitters. I ventured into the building without a coat. It’s like running around naked.
About Petshark: Talking Stick
Native of Northern California. Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.
I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle. I watch, I react, I write it down.
My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked. I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind. When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom. It hasn't, I don't think it will. At all.
Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.
I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.
I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org