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Petshark: Talking Stick

Ring Pavlov’s bell in San Jose, who drools first?

Among other things that went wrong in Pittsburgh during the playoffs, Evgeni Malkin was unrelentingly pestered to the point of frustration by a 19 year old Flyer rookie.  I mention this as I did yesterday not only because it gives me tremendous satisfaction but because the same thing happened to a lot of teams this season: a bunch of new kids beat the old guard.  Hell, even the Coyotes made it out of the first round for the first time.

Jason Plank ‏ @fearthefin: “First time since 2001 that one of Detroit, Vancouver, or San Jose failed to advance to second round. All went out in 5 games this year.”

Even veterans fall down.  They tend to get back up and make adjustments quicker than a first-timer does.  The Sharks all just fell down together big time, I don’t want Doug Wilson to waste that lesson by sending a bunch of them packing and bringing in guys who have no memory of the group fail.  It’s time to get some heads examined, because body-swapping has lost its kick.  Or you can keep trying to get a better fix like a proper junkie would.

The Sharks failed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, did worse than they have in a long time.  When a team loses, fans and management alike start drooling over trade possibilities.  But who?  Survey says….. clickety clickety clickety click…..

If the team wants to make a statement to its fans and the remaining players on its roster, it will find a way to rid itself of Marleau, whose performance in critical situations should be considered unacceptable. -Sharks Talk

Thanks, Kevin.  Actually “trade Marleau” is the sound you hear when anything goes wrong in San Jose.  He didn’t score in the playoffs, he had an off year.  Who didn’t (aside from McGinn)?  Boyle broke his foot, Havlat can’t stay healthy, Handzus and Mitchell can’t design or run a penalty kill.  McLellan got a concussion.  San Jose banned free plastic shopping bags. How could you let all of this happen, Patrick?  You get paid so much money!

I need some mood music.  Don’t click that if you hate Aimee Mann.

Sharks fans have been waiting over twenty years for a Cup, but not for this team to win one.  We just met this team.  Those Sharks teams past?  They are gone, gone like McGinnyan, gone like this team probably is.  Even if the cap-topping guys stay around, one season’s team is not the same as last season’s team, not if 6-12 players get moved.


Well, Kurz’s changes don’t look so bad.  There are plenty of familiar faces left.

Even if the Sharks kept everyone willing to stay, next season will not be a repeat of this one.  Nothing stays the same.

People are not chemical elements, they cannot be duplicated or recombined with predictable results.  We transplant better than plants but it’s still a crapshoot.  It is worse than a crapshoot if you don’t even understand what went wrong with the guys you just spent a season with.  If you understand it, you can fix it.

Clowe saw a drop in goals from 24 to 17 in the regular season, but his passion is a commodity in short supply in the Sharks locker room. He should be staying around unless he, like Pavelski, becomes part of a package for someone such as Nash. -Mercury News

This makes me want to set fire to something.  And stab it too.  In the eye.  For the children, who would cry:

“Pavelski! Pavelski! Where’s Joe Pavelski?”

Go ahead, prove that the lunatics are in charge, move steady guys for another expensive hot shot, with no proven record of helping his team actually win.  I don’t mean mad genius lunatics either, I mean lunatics drooling on their straight jackets.

Nash?  Why stop in Ohio?  Go all the way to DC, grab Neuvirth too.  The Caps won’t need him anymore, what in the world do you need two starting goalies for?  While you’re there, swing south and pry Stamkos out of Tampa Bay.  Pick up Weber on the way back.  They can all get to know each other on the trip west.  Or not, since “chemistry” is hoodoo magick you can’t control or foster.

Will someone please call a shrink?

Is a new team-building model needed?  The organic one always works, hence, life on Earth.  It will outlive any newfangled model, but it’s very slow.  In this fleeting i-era, we want the quick fix, we see the perfect fit everywhere, until it doesn’t fit.  That’s because we’re in need of a tourniquet.

Sorry, I changed songs.

There is no Superman, he isn’t coming to save us at any price.  Kick the shopping addiction, straight-edge is all the rage with the cool kids.  If the organization can’t to stick to a plan, a roster, how can you expect better from the players?

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  Tags: addiction, joe+pavelski, patrick+marleau, ryane+clowe, trade

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w2j2's avatar

Amazing!

This is the most intelligent & insightful hockey post I have read in ... forever!

Well done!

wink

Posted by w2j2 on 04/24/12 at 12:42 PM ET

petshark's avatar

Thank you, w2j2. You are too kind. I am so tired of hearing people talk about trading Marleau. I know it isn’t impossible but I would be sorry if it happened.  There’s this theory about how 100 people will come up with the right answer more often than one, so the chorus of voices must be on to something.  Still, it would be a major bummer.

Posted by petshark from Nor Cal, and on Twitter @petshark47 on 04/24/12 at 12:55 PM ET

petshark's avatar

According to my email notifications, someone posted a good comment about how the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series was a losing one for both teams and both sides got away with questionable behavior.  I wish that comment was showing up.  In any case, I agree, even if you only tally the injuries.

Posted by petshark from Nor Cal, and on Twitter @petshark47 on 04/24/12 at 12:59 PM ET

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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