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Petshark: Talking Stick

Trade rumors and torment

Fans don’t usually get asked about blockbuster trades, except so folks can watch our little heads spin ‘round and explode, or see how long it takes us to tear each other to shreds.  Well, we do get asked for that reason all the time, but never in a serious “what you say might influence what happens” kind of way.  Kevin Kurz asked Sharks fans how we feel about the Sharks being on track for the last lap of the Nashcar race. I don’t mean he wants our heads to spin or any of that but… what reaction do you expect when someone tells us the Sharks may move Joe Pavelski?

@RyMartin24:”@bigjonallred Trading Joe Pavelski, American Hero, would be a crime against our beloved country.”

There were others, some involved threats of violent acts which I would rather not quote in case those tweets go badly for the tweeters.  Others did say they would consider it, but without them, where would the fan friction come from?

So, should the Sharks acquire Rick Nash?  What about Carter?  Carter would cost less up front… No.  No and no and no.  I’m just one fan but I’d be willing to say “no” 15,000 times if it would make a difference.

A big fat trade will not fix the Sharks for this season.  It is possible that one of those few super goalies (Lundqvist, Thomas) could hide a multitude of sins but they are not and will not be available and besides, that’s a cop-out.  A goalie can only patch so many holes, and a good team doesn’t leave a lot for him to cover.

What if Nash did come to San Jose?  Ignore the fact that the team would undoubtedly lose a key player, prospects and more.  Ignore the fact that Wilson would be saddled with a contract that would tie his hands in the off-season.  Ignore the fact that Nash is just one guy.

Best case scenario: Nash is all he can be.  How long would it take for him to settle in? How long for the coaching staff to really sort out how to use him? How long would it take Nash to make a significant contribution in San Jose?  I don’t believe it would happen quickly.  I don’t really think it would happen this season.  I think it would be too little too late.

If the Sharks can get beyond the Conference Finals with Nash, they can get there without him.  He is a phenomenal talent, a leader, a great asset.  But he isn’t what the Sharks need, certainly not at the price Columbus has on him.

After seeing the Blue Jackets play a couple of good games now, I would think Columbus is ready to reconsider moving their key pieces.  Sure, they stank for a really long time, but Nash and Carter are not old.  They could contribute (if Carter is less unhappy than he’s rumored to be) for seasons to come.  The Blue Jackets have nothing to lose right now, and since Nash is the face of their franchise they might as well hang on to him unless someone is willing to overpay. From what they seem to be asking, I think they agree.

They’ll all do what they’ll do, but I hope against hope that the Sharks stay out of this.  It won’t be worth it.  In essence, I agree with this tweeter, though I don’t hold Nash responsible for this hooplah:

@xosmitten:”...or we could keep Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Clowe, Pavelski, plus whoever else is suggested to trade, and just give Nash the finger.”

What do I think the Sharks need?  I’m a continuing education fan, and along these lines I believe their goalies need some help. Like, active intervention brainwashing intensive training help.  The goalies have not gotten better during the season.  I could swear Niemi has gotten worse since last season.  Maybe I’m wrong, maybe they both stink and the coaching is the only thing holding them in the game at all.  I don’t think that’s true because I have seen them both not stink.  They are in need of a tune up, in addition to the rest of their team playing better.  Beyond that, I don’t think the Sharks need to change anything, they just need to settle down and get healthy.

What was Wilson talking about in Columbus?  Probably something.  I can imagine a smaller move that would hamper the team less in the short run and be more helpful in the long run. The thing is, Umberger and Prospal, especially Prospal, seem to be off the market.  I hope Wilson was just doing his due diligence in case he could get something really good for not too much.  Joe Pavelski is too much.  I had a nightmare about him being sent away last summer.  Losing him would hurt a lot, he’s important to my psychic village. 

That’s a reference to John Cleese’s miniseries “The Human Face.”  If you haven’t seen it, do so.  It is very enlightening.  It explains the phenomenon of celebrity and it turns out it isn’t a loony as many of us think it is.  In short, humans evolved relying on familiar faces turning up in familiar places. Modern society forces most of us to exist in a constant state of anxiety, surrounded by unfamiliar faces.  You don’t have to know the people behind the faces, you just have to see them on a regular basis.  If you don’t see enough familiar faces to balance the unfamiliar ones, you will go crazy and die young from stress-related disorders.  Wow, I think I just made the case that trading Joe Pavelski would actually kill people.  I didn’t mean to.

From the reactions I’ve seen elsewhere online, I know I’m not the only one.  Joe Pavelski is a big fish in many psychic villages. I don’t know what that’s really worth in a business decision.  I think it’s probably worth more in the entertainment business, which does include professional sports.

I really wish it was February 28, and not only because I have tickets to that game.

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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