Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 06/17/12 at 06:00 PM ET
I never understood that question as a diagnostic tool, once you factor in a person’s pain tolerance and varying sensitivities to different kinds of pain. A person might shrug at a broken bone or abdominal pain, but poke the same person in the eye and they fall down crying like a baby. Brodie Brazil explained to Sharks fans how they should feel about the Kings winning and the Sharks having lost. I can only conclude that Brodie is unfamiliar with the basics of psychotherapy. There’s no “should” to feeling.
I don’t feel differently about the Sharks losing now that the Kings won, even if it does mean San Jose is alone in the Pacific Division without a Cup. Who knows, the Pacific Division (edit: yes, I actually forgot about the Yotes. Poor Yotes) may go by the way before the Sharks win, will that make it not matter? Does the way the Kings won make it worse that the Sharks didn’t? The way they tore through the playoffs, seemingly immune to chance and challenge the whole way? They played so many one-goal games, if you factor in the EN goals, and yet lost so few. I would think their achievement would make the whole league shudder—how did they do that? With really boring awful hockey that is a portent of an imminent lockout?
Saying a little serenity prayer here and ignoring that…
What can be copied from that success? I’m in the camp that says not much. Several teams had a lot of talent in one place, many couldn’t find a way to hit that perfect stride at just the right time. How much of a factor was the lurking frustration of several players coming off of disappointment, injury or other unpredictable motivator? Was the coaching change just the right kind at just the right time? How do you copy that?
So how do I feel? Angry? A lot of fans are angry. How could Sharks fans be duped into thinking their team could win and then have it not happen? Failure to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, for Sharks fans, is like a broken ankle for someone who is always breaking and spraining ankles. It’s bad, it hurts, but it probably won’t warrant anything higher than a 5 on the pain scale. Experience has made Sharks fans a little numb. Maybe seeing the Kings win is the poke in the eye which not only hurts but also makes you notice that ankle.
I’m not angry. I’m apprehensive about what comes next. Doug Wilson’s silence has been bugging me, especially as the Capitals announced their Qualifying Offers to their RFAs, as Tampa Bay got a new goalie, as new contracts were announced, as trade chatter heated up. I understand that GMs are trying to negotiate contracts, they don’t do that in the middle of town square. I just wish he would throw us a bone, something to chew on other than getting talking rights to someone who said he wanted to come here a year ago. Qualifying offers would be nice to know about.
That the draft is so close now made me feel a little more anxious about all that silence, but it shouldn’t. As Bruce Garrioch outlines in fairly brutal terms, this draft isn’t expected to be very good. That’s something that’s been mentioned before, all season long. It’s part of why trading away picks wasn’t such a big deal this season as it might have been in seasons past. So yes, the GMs have to be there but they don’t necessarily have to have all their non-draft business concluded by then.
Nonetheless, I would sure like to hear that at least Braun has a fine sturdy contract in place. That would be comforting news.
What is alarming is the Sharks’ lousy cap situation. Whatever happens during the CBA talks, the Sharks have comparatively few dollars available per player needed. They only have 14 players signed and just $14,753, 833 in cap space. Talking to Stuart could be a hint that Wilson plans to do more than less to fit a viable roster under the cap. He could do next to nothing, but that won’t jibe with the promise to make significant changes. I fear that this will rate more than a five on the pain scale for Sharks fans. I won’t hold my breath, that only makes it hurt more.
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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.
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