Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: dominic moore
While waiting for news from Shark Territory, there has been plenty to think about. I’ve seen Sharks fans call for a shedding of dead weight from the team, several still hoping to acquire Rick Nash, presumably in exchange for that dead weight. Some names that come up on the fan “to go” list: Patrick Marleau, Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe, Antti Niemi. I hate seeing anyone called dead weight, or specific players being blamed for this atrocious season. I’m sure I’ve said angry things about players, I wish I wouldn’t. I wish none of us would.
I’ve tried to come up with something to say about the Sharks’ plans for the offseason. I tried to speculate about what sort of philosophical change they need: true meritocracy? Something more Marxist? From each according to his ability….? On another tack, I convinced myself that there was some direct correlation between Ryane Clowe’s concussion and the second-half slide the team took. That required me to speculate about when that concussion occurred, which is, at best, unreliable. In any case, it was probably just another piece the in the puzzle of what went wrong, even if the (probable) timing looked culpable. So none of that seems like sharing in greater depth right now.
As others have pointed out, Winchester and Handzus may play today instead of Galiardi and Moore. Seems like the Sharks roster is back where it started before moving McGinn…except for not having McGinn anymore. I hope they aren’t taking everything back to the drawing board. I know I wanted them to throw their keys in the river but I didn’t mean parachute into Antarctica to do it and hope to find your way back by puck drop.
Mark Purdy wrote a piece about Thornton returning to the penalty kill, saying that Moore has been a disappointment after being acquired for that. He didn’t mention that it’s hardly ideal to rely on someone who’s wearing a cage anyway. I know a player can play with a cage but I still wouldn’t call him exactly a “healthy scratch” if he has to wear one.
The Sharks earned two important points by beating Nashville, but it was a bigger win than two points indicates. Nashville is a good team, a strong team, a major player these days:
Darin Stephens @SharksStats: “Entering last night: Nashville 29 wins when scoring first, 26 wins when leading after two periods (both 5th in NHL). #GoodWinByTheSharks”
Beating the Predators was a big deal. The Sharks haven’t prevailed against anyone in that class for a while.
I think a lot of people associate the Ides of March with dreadful regicide, but really it’s just the middle of March. Also, the fact that we think of Caesar’s murder as a tragedy on a grand scale and the wrong thing to do… well, hey, we weren’t there. Neither was Shakespeare. Maybe Julius Caesar was a jerk.
For the Sharks, the 15th has come and gone and was not marked by a dagger to the heart, or back, or neck. No, it was more like a time for settling debts, time to get all those shrieking monkeys off their backs.