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Too Many Men

You'll need more than three guys to outnumber Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Why do you think he has three names?

Wow, Murray came in fast to get that icing call. How often does that happen?  More often this season than last to be sure.  "Oh that's not speed, it's just..." What?  Good sense? Reading the play?  Smarts?  Who cares what it is if it gets him there first?

The Sharks only allowed the Blues two shots on goal in the first 15 minutes of the third period?  That's pretty cool.

McLellan really should leave the nines together.  To heck with that commie egalitarian nonsense.  With Kennedy, Wingels, Desjardins and, hopefully, Sheppard soon too... the lower six will be fine.

Those were the things I noticed as the Sharks crept closer their first win in eight games.   

We can't know what will happen in game number nine, but it will probably be better if McLellan does leave 29, 39 and 9 together.  They didn't score last night but they came darn close and just fit together better than those other line concoctions McLellan's been experimenting with.  I take it all back about equalizing ice time.  Do what you know.

Drew Remenda identified Dan Boyle as the Jam Player of the Game:

I must not be hockey enough but when you say "jam" I still think "peanut butter," which I like a lot, it just doesn't make me think hockey.  Also, you can't expect us to recognize Dan Boyle's performance when we're all seeing TIM KENNEDY the awesome guy who came out of nowhere (unless you pay attention to Worcester) to save Sharks fans from endless losing.  Seriously, we can't watch more than one guy at a time, can we?

Obviously the whole team played well in St. Louis.  Yes, the Blues were travel weary, but on a bad day the Sharks could still lose to a team that just ran from the airport, carrying all their gear on their backs.  More importantly, maybe the Sharks just needed a break, a win, to get rolling again.  It often seems to me that a team will end a losing streak by beating the Sharks, and then go on to win a flurry of games, as if beating the Sharks was just the boost they needed.  Could it work like that for the Sharks?  Beat a team that gave them grief in the past (travel-worn or not), and remember how to win?

I really wish they weren't playng the Blackhawks next, with that record on the line and all the reasons why that record is within reach for Chicago.  Over the course of one game, it doesn't matter how many games a team has won.  The salient point is that they seem to be incapable of losing.  

Since the Sharks don't have that problem, Darren Dreger thinks that the Sharks will get the trade deadline party started.  Of course Marleau,  Pavelski and Thornton (even Dreger conceded that), aren't going anywhere, and I just said the nines should stay together, so I disapprove this message.

Kevin Kurz fleshed the theory out, suggesting that Jason Demers could be moved.  He could certainly fetch a nice price, but I still don't think the Sharks need more top six players.  Trading Demers for a third liner seems like a sizeable overpayment.  Of course, Couturier was effective on the lower lines last season, and Holmgren could do something crazy like trade away a guy who will probably score a lot for years to come.  I just wouldn't bank on it.

Kurz also talked about moving Douglas Murray, and why his role on the penalty kill would probably make that unlikely.  I would add that, since Murray is a free agent this summer, he poses no cap hazard to the team.  Moving him wouldn't accomplish much.

But that's all wild speculation.  I don't really enjoy doing that.  It may seem like the team has too many defensemen, but look how the season started?  Look at what can happen to a team in a matter of weeks.  Are there any uninjured Red Wings left?  Last season I think the Flyers lost half their blue line at one point, so I don't see any reason to not keep extra spare d-men around.

Which brings us to the forwards, who are also too numerous in San Jose.  The Sharks didn't need to sign a fourth liner last summer, they certainly didn't need to sign one to a multi-year contract when they had the likes of Kennedy, McCarthy, Wingels, and Sheppard waiting in the wings.  Why they keep calling up Pelech is a mystery to me.  The team doesn't need size or toughness, it needs scoring.

I guess Wilson just likes having extra players on hand.  It's nice that Scott Gomez didn't have to go sit home for the season, but I'm not sure how much playing time he's going to get with the Sharks.  There's just too many men.

What about Galiardi?  I don't think he made many friends last summer, dawdling over the new contract.  Something is amiss there.  He did show some promise, and has played well in some games this season.  If he could be brought back into the productive fold, the Sharks have more than enough talent to get the lower lines rolling.  They are just a little short on roster space if everyone were miraculously healthy at once.

It's that lack of space that is more likely to trigger a trade than the recent performance of the team.   Nobody wants to be trying to fix the team with trades (see last season), and it's always better to get out in front of moves than to let them become a necessity.  So I could see that, if someone made Wilson a really good offer.  But as a remedy to the Sharks' present woes?  Nope.  I don't think he'll try that again.

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  Tags: douglas+murray, jason+demers, marc-edouard+vlasic, tim+kennedy, trades

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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