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Everyone’s a critic

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

I once had a professor explain the difference between criticism and criticising.  The first is an attentive analysis of the work, the second is just saying mean things.  Obviously that's not how he put it, but it works.  At times like these, the lines blur.  I tried to watch the Sharks play in Dallas without judging.  I started out okay, but I couldn't hold the line:

Couture from second line center to top line winger. Marleau and Pavelski to the second line.  Gomez from healthy scratch to second line center. Kennedy from third line to fourth, Desi back to center, Burish back to the wing.  What a difference some badly-timed roughhousing makes.

Okay, I shouldn't count the Kennedy move as a result of Clowe being out.  That was probably just Sheppard returning to his rightful place on the only line that McLellan didn't dismantle.

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Even Steven, don’t wait for Nate

The Sharks recalled Matt Pelech again, and placed James Sheppard on IR.  That last is based on the Sharks' online roster, which I'm not sure I can rely on.  Tim Kennedy has gone missing from that same roster, but maybe he wasn't there to begin with.  I haven't been checking closely.  I only checked today to find out why they needed  Pelech again.  Kennedy isn't on today's AHL transactions list so he could be anywhere except in the AHL.  I like to think it's a webmaster omission, because without him the Sharks only have twelve forwards available and that's not great.  There's so much that isn't great in Shark territory right now, it is only natural that injuries would pile on.

Sometimes you *#$%@& up.  Sometimes that's all that happens, you hardly notice it happened.  Other times, you *#$%@& up and all the bad things that could happen slam you from behind like a twenty car pile-up.  Those cars are full of your past mistakes, the missed steps and continuing shortcomings.  Way in the back, there's a minivan carrying other people's issues. They're screaming bloody murder over damage to their Aerostar, because it's just one of those times.

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Off the radar: Sharks are very quiet

Help us, Doug Wilson.  Sharks fans need some relief, something to distract the gossip gremlins as they scamper unchecked through our village.  Matters are getting desperate.  David Pollak felt obliged to address a Joe Thornton trade rumor, and I found myself watching a tape-delayed bicycle race the other day.  Desperate I say.

Unfounded Boyle trade rumors caused speculation and some scoffs.  The Thornton trade rumor caused a moment of laughter.  Shane Doan could… no won’t .. wait.. will… probably not come to San Jose.  Not sure Sharks fans care much about that, maybe no one ever believed he would join the team.  Now the gremlins are spitting dating rumors on the storefronts.  Do something, Mr. Wilson.  Put up a plaque at The Tank and have an unveiling ceremony.  Something.

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What was all that about?

What was that Sharks press conference about yesterday?  I can’t begin to answer that.  I don’t blame them that Dreger blabbed the Stuart news before it started, but they weren’t even prepared to confirm that news.  So why did they meet with the press at all?

As the non-news trickled in, I thought maybe this was the owners’ attempt to quash those rude stories about them not being around or not knowing what was going on and nobody knowing who they were.  That works.

Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos explained that they don’t tell Doug Wilson what to do with the team, even if he does run the big ticket items by the owners.  I think that’s nice.  Busy-body owners only muddle things, and what is a General Manager for if you don’t let him manage?  They also mentioned that they are in this to win:

“Mission No. 1 around here is winning the Stanley Cup and that’s what this whole business is about,” Sclavos said. “We’ve been spending to the salary cap every year to put the best team on the ice that we think we can and in aggregate, the performance has been good.  -Working the Corners

Aggregate isn’t a word I use much but I like that idea- don’t go jumping off of bridges over one step back if you’ve made progress over several seasons.  While explaining that they’re not in it for the money, they mentioned that the organization isn’t in debt.  That’s fairly dazzling in this era of debt junkies. 

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On a scale of one to ten, how much does it hurt?

I never understood that question as a diagnostic tool, once you factor in a person’s pain tolerance and varying sensitivities to different kinds of pain.  A person might shrug at a broken bone or abdominal pain, but poke the same person in the eye and they fall down crying like a baby.  Brodie Brazil explained to Sharks fans how they should feel about the Kings winning and the Sharks having lost.  I can only conclude that Brodie is unfamiliar with the basics of psychotherapy.  There’s no “should” to feeling.

I don’t feel differently about the Sharks losing now that the Kings won, even if it does mean San Jose is alone in the Pacific Division without a Cup.  Who knows, the Pacific Division (edit: yes, I actually forgot about the Yotes. Poor Yotes) may go by the way before the Sharks win, will that make it not matter?  Does the way the Kings won make it worse that the Sharks didn’t?  The way they tore through the playoffs, seemingly immune to chance and challenge the whole way?  They played so many one-goal games, if you factor in the EN goals, and yet lost so few.  I would think their achievement would make the whole league shudder—how did they do that?  With really boring awful hockey that is a portent of an imminent lockout?

Saying a little serenity prayer here and ignoring that…

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Who’s on third?

As praise for the Kings is heaped onto the web, one of the explanations that keeps being presented is the acquisition of Jeff Carter. I agree, if he and Richards are such great buddies, playing together can’t hurt. Happy players play better.

Oh, they don’t mean that? They mean Carter made the top six so much better?  Oh.  Here I was getting used to the happy notion that teams know they need more than two lines to really do the job.  I guess we’re back to only needing a top six.  Please tell me GMs aren’t really thinking that way anymore.  Please tell me it’s just confused people trying to make sense of the LA Kings suddenly getting their act together.

Sigh.

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How much should we put on Todd McLellan for the Sharks’ season?

Still waiting for news from Shark Territory.  Today I listened to the Morning Skate radio show out of Ohio.  They mentioned McLellan as one of the coaches currently under review, who might become available. He was not among the radio show’s first two choices for the Blue Jackets—Alain Vigneault and Guy Boucher were. What I found curious was that Joel Quenneville was on that list too. Really? I didn’t follow the Blackhawks closely at all this season, but what are the chances he’s gone? Tom Renney rounded out that list. Anyway, the lengthy review process puts McLellan in a mixed company of coaches not yet guaranteed a job next season.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun have been playing in the World Championships, but Vlasic was injured in the last game against the USA. It didn’t look very grave but he was listed as day to day with a lower body injury.  Now he is not expected to return to the tournament.

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The longest meetings: Doug Wilson to stay, nothing else confirmed

The LA Kings have a bus going around Lala Land today, its ultimate destination Game 3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals at Staples Center.  Their Twitter account is keeping us all updated on its progress.  Because I bought a ticket to a Sharks @ Kings game, I also get emails keeping me informed of the Kings’ adventures, stinging little missives like salt in a wound.

The Sharks ownership group has given Doug Wilson a vote of confidence for the time being.  I can’t say that was the wrong thing to do.  One really bad year shouldn’t erase the value of several very satisfactory years past.  So, no big surprise that Wilson will stay.  Where should he start, fixing this thing?

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Patrick Marleau: the canary who won’t sing?

Doug Wilson says you need to keep your head, take emotion out of the equation when deciding what changes to make in the offseason.  As a fan, I have no responsibility to do that. Additionally, I lack information, as a lot of people do.  What we see from outside the organization, even what is shared with the media, is so limited as to only be a glimpse of the whole picture.

That doesn’t mean we can’t piece something together from what we do see, as the two-dimensional residents of Flatland might understand a three-dimensional star in their midst.  Their understanding will not be perfect but they can extrapolate from what they do see, and suspect, or feel.

I won’t argue that keeping Marleau is the best thing, even if that’s what I feel.  Maybe he needs a reset, moving might be good for him.  What I fear is that trading him would be such a big, dramatic move, it would throw up such a dust cloud that no one would feel pressure to address the more pernicious reasons behind the team’s failures.  If you can’t get the best out of Patrick Marleau, your own prodigy, someone who has a shitload of talent and a strong vested interest in your team’s success, what is wrong with you?

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Sounding the fire alarms in Shark Territory

Here we go, into the offseason blame game.  It should be as fun as a Bud Light ad.  First, you get rid of the most visible under-performers, the players:

From a pure hockey standpoint, the smartest Sharks solution would be a maximum reboot and rebuild.  Older players would go out the door. They would be traded for draft picks or young prospects.  Over a few years, a new core of Sharks would be developed into winners. By 2017 or so, they’d be back among the league’s four or five best teams. -Mercury News

Well, yeah, but only if you keep the new youngsters around.  Train ‘em up and ship ‘em out, assuming you do find a bunch of good ones (which would be safer to assume if present depth could back you up), and you’re right back here.

Besides, if Marleau and Clowe and Niemi and Boyle were all gone, who would fans have to blame?  Well, there’s still Thornton, he will hang around and he’s fun to complain about.  But what if he keeps playing well?  Whose name will we scream in the ecstatic writhings of despair?  Meh, someone will step up.

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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.

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Will and trust and hunting polar bears

Apparently Todd McLellan chose “trust” as the theme of the season for the Sharks.  If the team has been doing trust exercises, I bet there are a lot of bruised derrieres right now.  This morning Twitter was fairly quiet regarding the Sharks.  Two lone tweets came out from practice saying only that the gates were closed and the injured defensemen were skating before the group.  It was an unsettling silence, a silence that allowed for all manner of speculation after yesterday’s loss.

@FTFsTCY: “There are definitely rumors floating around today. Just an FYI that any involving Marleau are bunk. He has a full NMC.”

It turns out that David Pollak was still in transit from Denver, and his internet access was limited. Kevin Kurz was ill. I guess Mark Emmons just didn’t feel very chatty.  Nothing much came out today in terms of Sharks news, especially about the NHL issues of the day. No one has a concussion and McLellan has not been fired.  And no, Marleau is not being traded (as far as we know).

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