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Mug safety and other thoughts

Something, presumably not grave, happened to the Sharks number one goalie yesterday in practice.  I will assume it had nothing to do with a baseball bat:

@PollakOnSharks: “Change in net: #Sjshark Niemi dinged up in practice and Tyson Sexsmith recalled from WOR to serve as Greiss’s back-up tonight vs. DAL.”

If you’ve been following Twitter news about Alex Stalock, you might wonder why the Sharks would fly Sexsmith all the way out here and send Nitty back to Worcester instead of just bringing Stalock over from Stockton.  Sure, Sexsmith is higher in the depth chart but all that to and fro air travel is hardly a sound ecological strategy.  Luckily, I stumbled on an answering machine tape out in Stockton that recorded this recent phone call:

“Hi, Dan, Doug here.  How are you this morning?”


“Sorry, I’ve got some interference on my line here.  I was calling to let you know that we need to…”

“No.  You can’t have him.”


“You can’t have him.  We’re 7 and 1 since we started Al, you cannot have him.  You have lots of other goalies, use one of them.”

“Sorry, Dan, but those aren’t really the terms of our agreement.  We’ll send someone to…”

“You won’t be able to find him.  We’re keeping him at a secret location.  You can’t have him.”

“Be reasonable, Dan…”

“Reasonable?  You NHL guys want all the best players even to sit on the bench.  ECHL teams… our league doesn’t even have a real name, just initials that don’t even apply anymore.  Now we get a goalie…

”...our goalie…”

”...a goalie who’s winning games for us and the guys are feeling good about themselves and you want to take that away?  No.”


“Hello?  Dan?”

It sounds like the Sharks are going to give the Thunder a bit of time to cool off before they send a SWAT team to find and retrieve Stalock from his ECHL post.  Stay tuned or check the next episode of America’s Most Wanted.

Back to non-fiction…

On the ice this morning: all the usual suspects plus John McCarthy, James Sheppard and a visor-clad Ryane Clowe.  Everyone except McCarthy and Sheppard had their Valentine’s Day sweaters on.  I was a little late this morning, so I didn’t see if Marleau or Pavelski skated at all but they weren’t there when I got there.  I hope they did get some ice time.  Otherwise, how will they be able to call their red-heart-and-arrow-decorated jerseys “practice worn”?

And what about Demers?  He wasn’t out there at all.  If he wears it on a bike, will that count as “training-worn”?

Those jerseys will apparently be auctioned off on February 8 and 10. 

I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but why is McCarthy still here?  In case Clowe cannot battle through the visor handicap?  Has McCarthy earned a more regular spot in the lineup?  I would hope for the latter but don’t expect it yet.  As for Clowe and his visor battles: if I keep hearing about what an impediment this visor is, I will start to suspect a knee virus.  Listen to your doctors and take care of your mug, Clowe.

Speaking of mugs, I discovered that the Toyota Matrix must have an uncommon smooth ride.  I left my ceramic travel mug, which is not bottom heavy in the least, on top of my car and drove for a couple of blocks before noticing an unfamiliar rattling sound coming from outside the car.  A quick check of my cup holder told me that I had for sure and certain killed one of my favorite travel mugs.  I got out at a stop sign to check anyway.  Lo and behold, ten year old Matrix suspension took good care of my mug.  You don’t get that lucky every day, and I am very fond of my travel mugs.  The places we’ve been…

What about Jason Demers?  They say putting him on IR is just a matter of convenience.  I guess they need the roster spot for Sexsmith.  Which makes keeping McCarthy here seem more significantly inconvenient, and maybe good for McCarthy.

[insert random, baseless “omg they’re about to make a trade!” thoughts here]

I was trying to figure out when Demers got hurt and I got some help from Twitter: Calgary.  This baffled me because I have a freakish memory for injuries I see happen, and I felt heartless for not noticing the mangling of Jason Demers.  I guess I didn’t have much chance to see it, because:

@terriwpg... It was in the 3rd..and they only showed him going to the dressing room..he wasn’t laying on ice or anything..prob why.

That doesn’t sound too grave then.  As for Niemi, let’s hope this being “dinged up” doesn’t snowball like his last minor issue.  Get well soon, Demers and Niemi.

Hardly any Stars skated this morning.  Only three skaters and I think Bachman, if I read his mask right.  That is hardly surprising since they played last night.  How do you tell who is likely to start when only one goalie practices?  Do you just assume last night’s goalie will start again and he is resting?  Or do you assume tonight’s goalie needs to stretch his legs and other parts since he’s going to play?  What to conclude when the same goalie leaves first and last?

Sheldon Souray is kind of an interesting quantity.  Some Flyers fans have been weighing his pros and cons as someone to add.  I always like a redemption story.  He certainly qualifies.  How heavy is that Edmonton history?  Has playing well for Dallas been enough to outweigh it?  Not a concern for Sharks fans, at this point anyway.

David Pollak tweeted, before the Blue Jackets game, that he believed R.J. Umberger or Vinny Prospal could be players that the Sharks might make good use of:

@PollakOnSharks: “Tonite’s game: No inside info and don’t traffic in trade rumors, but if #sjsharks looking for Top6 forward, CBJ’s 18 and 22 might be on list”

See how he made it clear that this was just his opinion, not based on any information from the Sharks.  I’m not sure which is more surprising, the image of Umberger or Prospal as a Shark, or David Pollak jumping in the random trade speculation game on Twitter.  Both made me say “whaaaa?”

Go Sharks!

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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 talkingstick@petshark.net

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