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The curious case of Benn Ferriero

Martin Havlat is out of the Sharks lineup, no one knows for how long:

@markedwinemmons: “Todd McLellan said don’t expect to see Marty Havlat back until at least after Christmas. That means at least two games out.”

@KKurzCSN:  “Havlat out at least through this weekend. Surgery? “At this point, not that I know of,” said McLellan.”

So Benn Obi-Wan Ferriero is back, just in time for the holiday roster freeze. If he plays one more NHL game he loses his waiver exempt status.  Isn’t it time anyway?  The Sharks could have called up Wingels if they wanted to use someone who could be sent back safely.  The curious case of Benn Ferriero might be close to resolution.

Will he stay for an extended period?  Get traded?  Sent back down?  Would he clear waivers?  Doug Wilson didn’t comment on the long term plan for Ferriero, why would he?  There are many possibilities.  NHL rosters have to function as on multiple timelines, in several alternate universes.  In one universe, Ferriero is in Carolina, in another he’s right here on San Jose’s third line, in another he’s back in Worcester, and then there’s the universe populated entirely by shrimp where he has to work as a salt water filtration technician.

Of all the known possibilities, Wilson said simply that Ferriero deserves to be in SJ right now.

A lot of players have cleared waivers recently, but I think Ferriero might be interesting to teams staggered by injuries.  The Flyers?  Nah, they’ve got wingers, they’re just nearly out of centers.  The Wild?  Nah, their injury list is long but rotating, their players seem to come back pretty quickly and their callups have been performing well enough for them to keep winning… err, they were anyway.  In any case, it seems like Ferriero might finally have a chance to find his place in the NHL, with the Sharks or elsewhere.  The Blues?  Need someone or not, they might feel like they owe us one. 

Surely not, surely they wouldn’t do that… would they?

This morning Benn Ferriero wore white at practice.  Torrey Mitchell wore teal.  Thornton, Pavelski, Clowe, Couture, and Marleau also wore white.  This gave me the impression that Ferriero is slated for top line duty as he was at the beginning of the season.  Mitchell looks like he’s been bumped back down instead of left on that top line.  That could be a change entirely unrelated to Havlat’s injury or Ferriero’s arrival.

Ferriero was skating with the Joes, not with the nines.  But the game isn’t today, anything can happen.  Besides, Ferriero is unique.  He is compared to far too many messianic figures to follow the beaten path.  Jesus?  Obi-Wan Kenobi?  No pressure or anything, Benn, but the team is still sort of struggling.  If you could do that thing you do it would be much appreciated.

From what I gathered about yesterday’s practice, the team spent a long time working on preventing breakaways.  McLellan seemed concerned that what they did yesterday did not entirely sink in.  So they did more of that.

Douglas Murray, Jim Vandermeer and Colin White were all skating today, though Mark Emmons tweeted that “McLellan also hinted that Douglas Murray and Jim Vandermeer probably won’t be ready for Tampa Bay game on Wednesday.”  Oh well.  White was never officially injured but he did miss yesterday for a “maintenance day.”  That term has been so often used to mean “sorta hurt but not confirmed injured” that now even when Pollak used it to refer to his own absence this morning, I wanted to ask if he was sick or injured.  In any case, Colin White skated with the team today.

Soldier on, Sharks, soldier on.

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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