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Todd McLellan is a genius

McLellan is an outside-the-box-fearless genius for solving a problem with the pieces at hand instead of waiting for new ones. That declaration is contingent on him keeping Brent Burns at forward. Failure to continue doing so will trigger revocation of said genius status and an indefinite stay inside the box.

Loved Cranky showing off for his dissenters.  Seriously, all the way down and around the net, with a shot reversed through his legs?  Beautiful.  Makes me want to say something vulgar to the haters.

Back to that big fancy new forward Brent Burns. I've liked that idea more by the minute, but I think my liking is maxed out, I don't know if I can keep liking it more. It might give me an aneurysm or something.

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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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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.   

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Too familiar by half

The pre-game transaction news gave me more to think about than yesterday's game, and it wasn't unexpected news at all:  Burns activated, Irwin reassigned, Petrecki waived.  All this was bound to happen.  As for the game, I couldn't decide whether the Sharks were all playing with flu symptoms, or if Tippett's Coyotes and McLellan's Sharks are way too familiar with each other.

They say that familiarity breeds contempt.  Contempt seems like a waste of perfectly good scouting reports, but it might have been more entertaining than yesterday's stalemate.   The game felt lost even before the shootout started.

But that's crazy, if they are so familiar with each other, wouldn't they be able to anticipate each other's moves, and compensate accordingly?  Yep.  And if they were both doing that, I think it would look exactly the way it looked, like a choreographed, scoreless skate.

@SharksStats: Today was the 2nd 1-0 shootout loss in Sharks history. Nabokov was the losing goalie in the other instance, Oct. 12, 2009, also vs Phoenix.

There's that.

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It looks like the Ducks, it sounds like the Pond…

I'd really have to see them walk to be sure.  These don't seem like the Ducks we all knew, didn't like, and that the Sharks could usually beat back in the day.   Last season was one thing.  The Ducks beating the Sharks so often seemed like one of many very strange happenings in a very bad season.  But this season?  What do the Ducks know that the Sharks don't?

The Ducks blocked 24 shots to the Sharks 15. Maybe this game was about slowing the future Ducks down since they obviously have San Jose's number.  Hitting them with a lot of shots is one way to do that.  Another stat that was kind of interesting was that the Ducks out-hit the Sharks 23-19, and out-shot them 32-26.  Doesn't the team without the puck usually hit the most?  So the Sharks had the puck, and didn't shoot it?   I guess if you count the blocked shots in there it isn't so bad.

Couture scored the only Sharks goal.  That wasn't so unusual, but to have the assists go to Andrew Desjardins from fourth line, and Tommy Wingels from the third, that was kind of cool and unlikely.  I guess that's what happens to the lines when Clowe gets sent away for nearly a third of the game.

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Sharks here and there

Where are the Sharks?  Of course they are in Calgary, about to play a game.

But where do they stand now, with camp all wrapped up?  It might have something to do with where they have been.  I asked several players over the course of the week about the pros and cons of playing overseas during the lockout.  There seems to be a consensus from observers, myself included, that those who did play are in a better position to start, even if those who did not play might be better off in a couple of months.  Fitness wasn't exactly what I was asking about, and I got several interesting answers that addressed the mental aspect of playing overseas.

Earlier in the week, I had asked Jason Demers and Justin Braun about how they made the transition to the Finnish game, a somewhat different question from making the adjustment back.  Here's what I asked other players later in the week, and what they told me.

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Broad strokes: Sharks overseas

Over the past few days, I discovered an impatience I haven't felt for a while, the "hold on, no games today?  Or tomorrow?  Or... I'm supposed to wait how long for a game?" feeling.  It was irritating, but not bad.  It reminded me of a normal hockey season.  It feels like being all adapted to the new hockey universe.

This impatience drove me to start hunting for European and KHL games online.  This is not only difficult because feeds tend to move around, but also because an audio feed will not do. I don't speak most of the languages these games are broadcast in.   I did manage to dig up a Dinamo Minsk game going on yesterday morning.  A video feed was not available to me (which only took me about an hour to figure out) but following the scoreboard was better than nothing. So that was fun, except that Minsk blew a lead and fell 6-3.  At least Pavelski got a goal.

There are several Sharks abroad.   I found the following information online, but I can't be sure how complete it is.  I started with Eurohockey.com because they have an easy search that found most of the Sharks quickly.  From there I sort of wandered:

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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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Wilson trades for Stuart’s rights: not surprising but kind of odd

News that Doug Wilson had traded a conditional 7th round pick and talking rights with Andrew Murray for talking rights with Brad Stuart was met with general approval by Sharks tweeters. To me it seemed odd. When I say “odd” I don’t mean wrong or crazy, just less straightforward than it appears to be.

Brad Stuart will be a free agent on July 1, unless he signs a contract with the Sharks before that.  If, as was strongly rumored, Stuart had expressed a specific desire to come back to San Jose, why did Wilson have to trade anything at all to talk to him before July 1?  Why did he have to officially talk to him before then?  Because the market would swallow Stuart up with grand offers?  Is he really likely to be overpaid by enough to spend more years away from his family?  It doesn’t sound like he’s interested in exploring that:

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The last game: April 7, 2012

The last goal in the last minute (2 seconds shy anyway) of the last game on the last day of the regular NHL season was scored by Dan Boyle for the Sharks.  The Sharks’ pride prize was winning four in a row to end the season against their nearest divisional rivals.  In their last 10 of the season, they were 7-3-0.  The prize in standings was to play the St. Louis Blues instead of the Vancouver Canucks, to which I had to say “wait, wait… WAIT!”

From the regular season record, the Sharks would have been better off playing Vancouver in the first round.  They only beat Vancouver once this season, but they didn’t beat St. Louis at all.

The Kings were 3-1 against the Blues but only 2-2 against the Canucks. To me, that suggests that the Kings had greater playoff incentive to win last night.

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Game 82, Kings @ Sharks

The Sharks will once again wear black for the playoffs.  Of course this disappoints me and I cannot understand why the team can’t get teal jerseys that they like as much as the black ones. I can see how the design could require more fabric or a heavier one, but figure it out already!  It doesn’t matter if you like the style of the teal ones, if you’re not going to wear them.  You can’t be Team Teal in black. It is ridiculous.

So new teal jerseys as comfy as the black ones, these are on my off-season wish list.

David Pollak @PollakOnSharks: Handzus in for ailing #sjshark Mitchell in finale tonite vs. LAK.

That word “ailing"alarmed me.  For some reason it makes me think of a worsening condition instead of a regular injury.  I’m sure that isn’t what he meant, but the situation is still disturbing.  Douglas Murray stayed out with the last players to leave the ice, so I would guess he’ll be out tonight too.

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O me of little faith

Here’s another interesting word: doubt.  Nowadays it means “I don’t think it will happen but I’m not sure.”  It used to mean “I think it will happen but I’m not sure.”  It’s a subtle difference but it’s noteworthy.

Tickets for the Sharks’ first round of the playoffs go on sale tomorrow morning, though the dates of those games have yet to be announced.  I guess everyone has a general idea, give or take a day.  The tickets will be on sale Saturday at 10:00 am, online at Ticketmaster (Game A, Game B) or from the HP ticket office using a wristband procedure detailed here.

I wouldn’t say I doubted that the Sharks would make it into the playoffs (by either definition) but I certainly didn’t have faith that they would.  I can’t say what the Sharks’ frame of mind was, surely they must have had some faith.  But prior to the game, the Sharks were certainly not expecting any help from outside sources:

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Lame Ducks and a case for five

Last night, Teemu Selanne scored his 66th career goal against the Sharks, in the 6th meeting this season.  That’s three sixes.  Lordy.

Jonas Hiller described the performance of the Ducks lately:

“Everybody is really motivated and we didn’t want to eliminate ourselves. We are still trying to play good hockey. We don’t want to just give up. That is what we did tonight, and that’s why we won.” -Sharks Talk

I thought that was interesting because lame ducks do not just give up, except on the long game.  Knowing you have nothing left to lose is liberating and often frees people to do things they wouldn’t have done were they considering the next stage.  But what the Ducks are doing it isn’t quite lame duck behavior.

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Are the Sharks done?

Sluggish. Disorganized. Inexplicable. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind about last night’s game, and by association the other seven losses in the last ten games. It makes me want to ask the Sharks “are you done? Do you feel better now?” You know, the way you ask a hysterical person if they have done all the shrieking and unintelligible ranting they need to do.

Because there is no rational explanation or excuse for the degree of ineptitude displayed lately by this team. Even McLellan’s absence does not explain it, because he has only been out for the last three games. The lack of preparedness and execution we’re seeing now has been there for a while, it’s just gotten worse.

Douglas Murray called it a funk.  So I looked that word up.  I know what it means, but sometimes there’s more to a word than you realize.  In Middle English, it meant “spark, touchwood, or tinder.”  By the time Modern English came around, “funk” had changed: “a verb meaning “to panic, fail due to panic”. Perhaps from ... obsolete Flemish fonck (“distress, agitation”), from Middle Dutch fonck (“perturbation, agitation”).”  This is what happens when no one uses the dictionary: we can’t even tell the difference between a useful spark and panic-induced failure.

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Can the Sharks beat the Blues?

When I arrived at practice this morning, the first thing I looked for was Douglas Murray’s expression.  He was smiling again.  Sure, maybe someone had just said something funny to him but I thought it was too much of a coincidence that, during the last two practices, he has been smiling a whole lot.  I compare this to the tail end of his last recovery: he did not smile, he very clearly expressed frustration until the day he was cleared to play.  He doesn’t like not playing and he is not very good at hiding it.  Predictably, there’s a veritable glow about him when he knows he will be able to play.

I wonder if having a lousy poker face is a problem for Douglas Murray.  I guess it doesn’t much matter, during a game, if you can gauge his mood.  What are you going to do about it?

Murray is ready to play (no matter what Woodcroft says, come ON, the guy’s wearing a flashing neon “Good to go!” sign), Couture is probably back, all kinds of good news coming in.  If that’s not enough to chase your blues away, what will it take?

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Kick the cat, or the goalie

Of ending Detroit’s record-setting home win streak, Todd McLellan said:

“There have been a lot of teams that came in and tried to do it. Some have come extremely close, others haven’t,” McLellan said. “We’re going to take our kick at the cat and see what we can do.” -Working the Corners

Was Todd McLellan’s peculiar choice of words a malapropism or a Freudian slip? Could it be both?  Cats, unlike cans, are famous for quick, evasive action. There’s a high likelihood that the cat is unharmed and the kicker ends up on his caboose.  Is that what McLellan is trying not to think about?

Beating Detroit will not be easy, it hardly ever is with or without a winning streak on the line. McLellan has been slow to say who the starting goalie will be. I really don’t think it matters right now.

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Quicksand and Passing

I didn’t expect rain last night.  When I heard it coming down, I worried that I may have left things out. It was so unexpected that I couldn’t even remember what I needed to bring in, I didn’t know where to start battening down the hatches.

I think the Sharks had a similar experience in St. Louis.  Maybe they didn’t skate long enough in the morning to figure the ice out.  Maybe they didn’t practice hard enough to notice.  The result was a bunch of guys who all looked like they were skating with broken feet on dull skate blades.  Once they were in the game, it was too late to fix a problem of that magnitude.  Despite all that horrible bad luck and maybe a touch of poor preparation, the Sharks did some admirable things in this game. 

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The Sharks see red when the Caps come to town

The Caps came to San Jose, gave Sharks fans a great game to watch, and brought Stephen Whyno from The Washington Times with them.  Well, the Caps didn’t bring him but that’s why he was here.  He promptly wrote a story about Douglas Murray and his approach to hitting, under new rules and old.  Murray followed that up with a demonstration, during the game. For anyone bothered by said demonstration, there’s a Twitter hashtag: #blameWhyno.

A few good things happened this weekend in my hockey book, along with the above-mentioned marvelous Sharks demonstration of why the Capitals will never win here.  Sharks have been winning.  Flyers winning too.  Leighton won in the AHL outdoor game.  Yes, I’m an unabashed Leighton fan.  I am strange, perhaps, or just loyal to a fault.  Whatever.  The Phantoms won 4-3 in OT, not a splendid win for a goalie, but hey, a win’s a win, most of the time.

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Working holiday for the Sharks

Friday the Sharks had a long practice, were on the ice for about 90 minutes.  They seemed to be working on the power play in particular.  Nitty and Greiss shared one net, Nemo had the other.

Someone yelled “*#$%@&!” but I was looking the wrong way to know who it was. I think maybe it was Greiss because there was a puck in his net, but it didn’t exactly sound like him. Then again, I don’t hear him yelling anything a lot out there so I couldn’t be sure. I don’t think the children heard it.

Seeing Boyle looking well and playing well made me glad, a reassuring feeling like when you have a paycheck in your pocket or a full tank of gas. Everything felt okay.

Well that was a strange thing to be thinking, what with the Sharks having lost those two games, those two terribly important games to end the home stand. It should feel like being on the losing side at the Alamo, not reassuring at all. But it didn’t, it didn’t feel like the last stand before the end of the world as we know it.

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Ducks in December, October revisited

Niemi will start for the Sharks tonight, Greiss will backup again.  Aside from distracting us from the usual question about who will start,  the answer to “who will backup?” doesn’t really tell us a lot.  Which goalie will they move?  Based on who sits on the bench, you could argue either way. 

Douglas Murray and Jim Vandermeer are still out.  It goes without saying, but I don’t want to forget about him: Martin Havlat is out too, as he will be for a long while.  According to Kevin Kurz, the lines looked unchanged from the last game at the Sharks’ morning skate.

That skate was a long one, according to tweets from Brodie Brazil. 

@brodiebrazilCSN: Boyle on #sjsharks long skate today: “trying to get our mindset back into the game and not in the clouds and Christmas presents, and stuff.”

Sounds reasonable.

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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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Shameles

Shame isn’t helpful.  It makes you stop when you should go. It makes you afraid to go out, horrified you ever did, fat and old and badly dressed as you are.  What were you thinking?  Just parading around in public with those wrinkles?  That hair?  Shame makes you old, your teeth yellow, your skin blotchy and horrible overnight, even if you were a reasonably unremarkable-looking person the day before.  As shame starts to fade, you might develop a deep resentment for the person who made you feel shame, even if it’s yourself.

I don’t think the Sharks were feeling fat or ugly Sunday.  I even doubt they felt shame.  Successful people don’t waste their energy or time on shame.  They may feel remorse, promise to do better next time, or to never do that again, but they don’t sit on the floor of the bathroom, chewing on a sleeve, afraid to go out and be seen, paralyzed by shame.  Cat-o-nine-tails?  Some fans might hope.  No, not that either.

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Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

Tonight the Sharks play the Coyotes.  Greiss will be in net. Wow.  I mean yay! and also wow.  Maybe the Coyotes games will be Greiss’ games this season?

The Coyotes are in 8th place in the Western Conference right now.  That’s four spots behind the Sharks but only two points behind.  I could say the Coyotes are nipping at the Sharks’ heels but sharks don’t have feet.

I don’t think many people thought Mike Smith was a great replacement for Ilya Bryzgalov, but considering Bryz was given the elite streets of gold treatment last Summer, I don’t think replacing him was ever in the cards for the Coyotes.  But I also think a lot of people underestimate Smith.  He made a pretty good showing in the playoffs for Tampa Bay.  Combined with the Yotes’ tendency to show up and work hard, Smith and company might be one of those teams you have to be very careful not to take for granted, even if your last meeting was a blow-out in your favor.  Remember the 3rd, Sharks, remember the 3rd!

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The Kings’ new clothes

Here’s what’s been said about last night’s game against the LA Kings: “Sharks hold court over Kings in 4-2 win,”  “Sharks learn from mistakes, trump Kings 4-2,” “San Jose Sharks defeat Los Angeles Kings 4-2.”  Now that’s more like it, Sharks.

During the second intermission, I heard a man say behind me “3-1, huh? Isn’t that what the score was last time…” But another man cut him off saying “What the hell… saying that…. What are you trying to do?!?”

I kept telling myself “lightning never strikes the same spot twice, right?”  Of course we all know that isn’t true, especially if you set up a lightning rod.

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How to outrun a bear

There’s a story about two joggers being chased by a bear.  One stops to tie his shoes and the other asks “why are you doing that?  You can’t outrun a bear.”  The first replies “I don’t have to run outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”  The same goes for winning a game.  You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be better than the other guy.

I thought the Sharks game in Boston was their best of the season, but I use strange metrics.  They had some messy meltdowns, but as a whole their game was more resilient and aggressive.  Niemi looked miles better, until the third period. His own error behind the net resulted in the first goal that broke his shutout.  The second Bruins goal was a cruel one.  The Sharks, make that Boyle and Murray in particular, got tangled up and left their goalie all on his own while he was still trying to get over the first big failure.  Not fair, that is no way to support your goalie in his time of need.  Even after all that, Niemi still finished the game looking quicker than he did in New Jersey.

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The Crying Game: Sharks take some hits, beat the Canucks

Considering that the Sharks won by a score of 3-0, there were a surprising lot of things to get upset about in the preseason game against the Canucks last night.  Demers was hit in the head, left for a goodly while.  Winchester did something to his knee (groin? ankle? “lower body”) when he went down in the shortest fight in history.  He came back, as did Demers. I can’t help thinking that Winchester’s situation just got a whole lot more precarious, which is also disappointing since he looked like such a promising addition.  And for no reason I could fathom, both top lines were playing, except that McGinn was holding Havlat’s place on the second line instead of Ferriero, until he lost it to Wingels (I see a pattern here).  The lineup looked to me like all bad news for the vast majority of the Worcester guys.  Speaking of bad news…

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