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Questions and a few answers

For those going to the game Saturday, the Sharks will host their annual opening night street rally from 5 to 7, next to HP Pavilion.  There will be food, music, carnival festivities (face painting, dunk tank, slap shot hockey, other fun stuff), and a scavenger hunt.  For more on the scavenger hunt and a chance to win game tickets, go to: www.sjsharks.com/streetrally.

They’ll have a benefit beer booth and Sharks gear to tempt you.  Even if you aren’t going to the game but are in the area, check that out.  It’s all subject to change in case of inclement weather, fingers crossed.

Mike Moore and Cameron MacIntyre reported to Worcester today.  Evidently MacIntyre got there last night, and was promptly interviewed.  Thanks to @worcestersharks for posting the vid.

I didn’t understand why so many of us thought MacIntyre was subject to waivers.  Sharkspage explained that here.  So that explains where MacIntyre’s been, sort of.

No update on Havlat today: 

“GM Doug Wilson said Havlat wasn’t getting back from his trip to Cleveland until tonight, and until they talked, nothing would be forthcoming.”-Working the Corners

Um.  That doesn’t sound good to me, unless there’s someone who has to clear Havlat here after he gets clearance from Cleveland.  I mean, even if you aren’t on Twitter, there’s still such a thing as a telephone.  Delayed announcements like that look ominous to me. 

No specific update on Niemi today, aside from him being removed from the roster and not skating.  Um again. 

The coaching staff is not worried.  TM says not to worry.  I’m trying not to worry, really hard, not trying to remember just how worried I should be if it’s down to Greiss and Sateri.  They looked good, but did they look that good?  Hey, it’s a long season.  There’s not as much time to make a good start but you do what you have to do.  Not worrying… trying.

There were updates on Wingels and him being awesome, probably taking Ferriero’s spot as Havlat’s placeholder.  It’s nice to see someone make a jump like that.  For quotes about how great he’s been, see DP’s blog.

As deadlines go, today was fairly anticlimactic.  The Sharks didn’t have a lot of players left to move, not healthy ones anyway.  While they are very close to the contract limit, they only have 21 names on the active roster now.  The only player whose health is not up in the air, hasn’t been sent down, and isn’t on that list is McLaren. 

The team still doesn’t have that super 3rd line winger we’ve been waiting for.  Is it Wingels?  Will McGinn surprise?  How long does he have to do that?  Unlike the roster, there’s no hard deadline for answering those questions, unless you count the trade deadline.  But that’s a ways off, I don’t think the 3rd line questions have that long to get answered.

One question that has been answered, though it would not have occurred to me to ask it:

McLellan indicated that Boyle isn’t surrendering his leadership role.

“It’s his defense. He’s the guy in charge,” McLellan said. “He knows that. Because Brent came in doesn’t mean Danny Boyle’s going to take a back seat. That’s not how it works. The pecking order is well-established, and we’ll go from there.” -Mercury News

Um. No, it never crossed my mind that Burns would jump in and challenge Boyle’s leadership role.  As the man said: that’s not how it works.  Also, absolutely nothing said, done, indicated, suggested or otherwise alluded to by either Burns or Boyle made me wonder if Burns was going to come in and try take Boyle’s place at the table.  That whole subject just caught me by surprise.
Late edit, this just in:

Real_ESPNLeBrun (Pierre LeBrun): “Am told Havlat (shoulder) will miss opener for Sharks on Saturday. Team has week off between games 1-2. Could be ready for Game 2.”

Not worrying.


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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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