Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 02/21/12 at 06:00 PM ET
In this time of speculation and rumors, this last week before the NHL trade deadline, I’ve become obsessed with signs. Not zodiac signs, though that could probably help if I really believed in them. Will Nash end up in LA? Will it matter? Do the Caps miss Boudreau yet? Will Doug Wilson make another move? Will the Coyotes catch the Sharks tonight? There are signs to read, but I don’t know how to read them.
One of the cats went missing. It was the night of the Sharks game in Detroit. It was not one of the friendly pet cats, but a familiar furry face nonetheless. He’s been on the ranch for nearly ten years I think, the wild tuxedo cat named Fred. I felt unaccountably guilty. Even if I was sure a coyote would come calling, Fred was so wild I could not have done anything about it, short of camping out overnight.
This made me look up the definition of “Cassandra complex.” I was glad to discover that it is not actually future vision. It doesn’t even apply here because I don’t know what the heck I’m predicting. I’m a terrible prognosticator. Some friends asked if I had lotto numbers for them anyway. Gotta love friends who know how to ignore that you’re batshit crazy.
Last night, on my way to dinner with those friends, I came across a little pile of books someone had left on the parking lot curb. They were stacked neatly, three books in two stacks. The book sitting alone was titled “TAO I.” I walked right by it at first, then went back to put it in better light and take a picture of it. Because that’s just strange, really very strange I think. Why would a book about Tao be right in the path of a two-teaming Teal and Orange fan? Why now? I don’t know what it means, unless it means “someone is watching me.” Good, add paranoia to the other.
Vlasic was skating this morning with a cage, Niemi was the first off the ice. Pavelski continues to have no ill effects from being shot in the head. Murray is still out. This is the road trip’s casualty list so far, unless you count being sent down as an injury. There’s this old email sitting in my email box:
Guess which one bothers me the most? Nope, it isn’t Satan. I want to delete it but I can’t bring myself to do it. I prefer to scowl at it, thinking: I know, I KNOW! I knew before you sent me the email, leave me alone already!
I don’t know why I’m in such a hurry for McCarthy to gobble up his NHL game allowance. He’s so much more convenient to have around while he’s waiver exempt, and heaven knows Worcester can use the help. Still, I grow impatient and fretful. I’m wanting what I want right now.
This stat from Darin Stephens came across my Twitter feed this morning:
@SharksStats: “Dan Boyle’s next point will give him 200 with the Sharks, and his next goal will make him the Sharks all-time d-man goals leader with 47.”
47? How did @petshark47 not see that coming? And what does it mean?
David Pollak confirms the starting goalie and also implies strongly that Torrey Mitchell will be out tonight:
@PollakOnSharks: “Niemi first off ice so look for him in net. Mitchell last #sjshark skater off ice so he’ll likely sit. McLellan says it’s a “consideration.”“
Kevin Kurz expanded on the probable line configurations:
Based on line rushes at the full-team skate on Tuesday, Patrick Marleau will return to the top line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton; Tommy Wingels will skate with Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe; Dominic Moore is between Benn Ferriero and Jamie McGinn, while the fourth line looked to be Michal Handzus, Brad Winchester, and Andrew Desjardins.” -Sharks Talk
I would guess that Handzus stays on the fourth line for about as long as Wingels stays on the second and Ferriero on the third. Those spots have been switched up mid game on a regular basis. Handzus can manage fourth line duty but that isn’t where he’s needed. In better form than he’s been lately, he’s needed on that third line.
I can see the reasoning behind wanting as many top line-ish players as you can get, but Wingels and Ferriero both tend to get lost on the lower lines, especially the fourth. I almost want to say the team could use a reliable fourth line kind of guy. Oh… I dunno… McCarthy maybe? Are they mad that he couldn’t jump up to the top line and do better than the last guy they tried there? Doesn’t really seem fair, or efficient.
I can’t make sense of any of it, I don’t know what the Sharks are thinking. My perspective is so clouded by bias, paranoia and an inability to understand the signs being tossed in my path, I’m on the verge of crawling back under the desk to hide from it all.
Chaz Miller, @xarex_erax: “No, really. Is anyone optimistic about tonight’s Sharks game? Because I just can’t find it in me.”
Optimistic? I can hardly think about the game. The Blue Jackets have so little to worry about anymore, the Sharks are trying not to panic, and I’m considering adopting a rescue panther to keep the coyotes away. Maybe when he’s done eating all of my coyotes, I could give him to Brent Burns to help the Sharks with theirs.
There is a tiny bit of hope. This morning, I found pieces of a turkey strewn around the yard. And Fred came back. Thank you, turkey, whoever you were. Your sacrifice is appreciated.
Oh no, the mutilated winged thing didn’t have anything to do with Datsyuk needing surgery, did it? The first part I discovered was a leg and claw. That would be just below the knee, wouldn’t it?
I have heard that shopping is therapeutic, helps you get your mind off the things that are bugging you. My sister-in-law’s baby shower is this weekend. It didn’t take long to put together a large package of things. including these:
I think I might be doing it wrong.
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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