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Wednesday notes from Sharks Ice

Good news from Sharks Ice: Nitty was on the ice this morning before practice. He wasn’t wearing pads but he was out there so that’s a good sign.

Not at practice were Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat.  Since we did hear that Boyle was under the weather in the last couple of games, him being out today doesn’t worry me much.  To prevent worry, I’m going to hope strongly that Havlat has caught the bug and isn’t missing for any other reason.  Fingers crossed.

Ferriero is still here.  Hm.  What to do, what to do with him?  Whatever they are going to do they have to do it soon.  He’s down to one more game before he loses that waiver exemption.  I still like him for the 3rd line, is the team sold on that? Why is he still waiting?

With Havlat out, McGinn was on the 2nd line this morning, which might be significant for Ferriero.  Ferriero was on the 3rd line.  Maybe he is getting a more serious look there.  I might be reading things backwards but if I wanted to keep Ferriero on the 3rd line I would certainly put him there for practice instead of messing around with him on the 2nd line anymore. 

And McGinn?  How’s he doing?  Well, he hasn’t taken any penalties… as in NONE.  Sure, that might mean he isn’t being as aggressive as would be ideal.  Let the pendulum swing, see where it lands.  He doesn’t seem like a problem or particularly expendable right now.  He does bring some speed to the team, something the Sharks don’t have to spare.

Speaking of injured goalies, which is where I started, I listened to the Worcester Sharks game yesterday and Al Stalock was with the broadcaster offering his insights.  The best part of that was when the real radio guy stepped away and left Stalock in charge of the play by play.  As you can imagine, he was not prepared for that.  It’s every bit as hard as it sounds. He did manage some enthusiastic exclamations when the Sharks scored, he just didn’ty do much to paint a picture of it for us.

Looks like there will be a Sharks goalie glut come December.  That’s not a bad thing.

The Sharks’ significant others have made arrangements to sell the Lokomotiv bracelets at the Nov 17 game against Detroit.  They’ll be available on the concourse for $10 and the proceeds will benefit families of the Lokomotiv crash victims.  If you can’t be there to buy one they will also be available online here.

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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