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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, March 4

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks had a lukewarm weekend.   Perhaps it was closer to tepid.  They lost two of three games in three days.  Friday they played at Providence, scoring first but losing 3-1.  That first goal was a short handed tally by Marek Viendensky, at 19:15 of the second period.  It held up until the mid-point of the third period when the Bruins tied the game.  The Bruins scored two more in the last three minutes of the third, including an empty netter.  The final SOG count was 23-19 Bruins, Alex Stalock made 20 saves.

3/1/13 scores & saves:
Worcester: Marek Viedensky(2)(SHG).  Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Sharks.  The Sharks power play went 0/4, their penalty kill 5/6.
Providence: Kyle MacKinnon(10)(PPG, Tardif, Cunningham), Alden Hirschfeld(3), Trent Whitfield(5)(ENG, Hanson, Exelby)

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Ex-Sharks on the move, minor grudge match tonight

Some ex-Worcester Shuttle frequent flyers have been on the move lately, and for some reason this is as interesting to me as pre-game thoughts about the Sharks in Anaheim.  I have only one thought about tonight's game: the Sharks need to avenge that near loss they suffered at home on the 29th.  I just hope it isn't with a near win like the Ducks got.  Something on the order of a regulation win would be better.

Reports say Greiss will start, and Boyle missed the morning skate again due to lingering flu symptoms:

@PollakOnSharks: McLellan says Boyle missed practice because of flu symptoms, but should play. Note: #SJSharks coach said same when teams met 1/29. Hmm.
@PollakOnSharks: To be precise (and fair),  #SJSharks McLellan said of Boyle that he "antcipates him playing."

Precise and fair it is.  I did wonder if playing while sick or after just being sick would be a bad idea.  I'll dwell on how perfectly rational that explanation is instead of getting all worked up about it.  Right.

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A busy road trip for the Sharks

Two games, two cities, two wins by three goals each, a new player.  Busy few days for the Sharks.

Such games can make a fan base hungry like an infusion of MSG.  Raise the bar that way and folks are more happy than grateful.  They say things like "where were these Sharks last season?"  Ten goals in two games?  Two multi-goal games for Marleau?  Goals from Boyle in both games?  Six goals in one period?

Edmonton.  Calgary.  Still, better to win than lose, and winning with authority is best.  Do we thank the new coaches?  Do we thank the fact that the players have been chomping at the bit to get going for months now?  I feel the need to thank someone, everyone for the way the Sharks looked.

How 'bout that new penalty kill?  Um... maybe the team should avoid taking penalties and it won't matter so much.  But of all the things the team was doing, that was the most new thing, so I'm willing to be a little patient.

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The glass wall

The names of the players on the mostly final Sharks roster are out there by now. By association, the names of the players who were sent back down are also known to Sharks fans: John McCarthy, Bracken Kearns, Matt Pelech, and Matt Tennyson.  The Worcester Sharks are playing right now. Listen in here.

Yesterday a Worcester player was sent down to the ECHL: Sacha Guimond.  He had been called up from the Bulls, but due to a recent trade involving the Bulls captain Justin Bowers and the rights to Guimond, the young defenseman won't be coming back to San Francisco.  Instead he's going to play with the Gwinnett Gladiators, to hone his skills and await another shot at the AHL. Because he was originally a Bulls prospect and not a Sharks prospect, he could in theory be called up by any team.  He was in Worcester on a PTO.

That has to be frustrating.  There you are, working away, trying to do a good job, feeling like you're part of the team, there's laughter and uniforms and a budding understand of how things work.  Busy busy busy you are, so busy you have no idea how you ended up wrapped around that stanchion.  You suppose it must somehow be your fault, you should have seen it coming, did someone push you there?   And where did that blood come from?  Is it pumping or merely seeping?

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Training camp opens: it’ll be over before you know it

Are the Sharks ready?  Is anyone? 

I had to decide not to go to training camp today since I had plans to go with friends to a Bulls game.  It takes us months to find a date that works for all of us, so I don't have regrets there.  But I am cranky that the Sharks couldn't skate early enough for me to do both.  It irked me that Flyers and Red Wings had volunteered to do physicals yesterday, and as far as I know Sharks didn't.  My crankiness is no doubt amplified by eager impatience for this season to get going.

Dan Boyle explained that this eagerness is shared by the players.  They can't truly know if they are ready either:

I did the best that I could to stay in shape... as much as you try, I think you need to play games to get into game shape.  It may take a week or two but... Everybody's so excited to be playing, I think adrenaline will kick in and this was just such a miserable summer for everyone so we're all excited to be back on the ice.  It should be a pretty exciting start to the season.

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Sharks recall McCarthy, send others to Worcester

Niittymaki’s back in Worcester for conditioning.  McLaren’s on waivers, probably going to the Woo. Wingels joins Clowe on the injured list.  What does it all mean?

Nitty: maybe when he played in that first conditioning stint, he discovered he wasn’t 100% yet?  Maybe now he is?  Or… what, the Sharks wanted him elsewhere when the Tampa Bay scouts came to town?  Why?  They weren’t going to see him anyway, and they’ve seen him before.  Seems most likely a function of reconditioning, plain and simple.  No reason to “showcase” him in the AHL.

McLaren: maybe the team thought he did pretty well game before last, so he was back against the Sens.  I guess they rethought that after seeing him against the Sens.  I don’t know, didn’t seem like he did anything too dreadful.  He took a penalty, who didn’t?  I think he spent less time in the box than Pavs did.  I think anything sub-par from him would hardly stand out in the mess that was that game.

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One (?) singular sensation

Tonight the Sharks face the Ottawa Senators for the one and only time this season.  Ottawa’s team has been, yes, I know, this is bad… sensational.  But they have been.  Merriam Webster defines sensational as “exceedingly or unexpectedly excellent or great.”  With so many players who are either oft injured, old or very young, the team was not expected to do so well this season.  Here are some comments from back in October about the Sens’ prospects for this season:

In the final pre-season, we caught a glimpse of the future.

Plucky upstart roster squeaks win thanks to stellar goaltending.  You could have turned off the lights in the Gardens, and the combined gleaming grins of Sens management would have kept the building well-lit.  The win was a paint by numbers Picasso, nothing beautiful, but as close as possible to the real thing as could be expected from a squad of mostly rookies. -Sen Say, October 3

So what if it hasn’t been those rookies carrying the scoring?  Who expected Michalek’s resurgence, or Alfredsson’s renaissance?  Certainly not Sens fans.  Who saw Turris getting his act together so quickly?  No one who was watching him out here.  But here Sens fans are in January, and their team hasn’t fallen on its face yet.  This wasn’t even the plan, which was to rebuild:

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  Tags: andrew+desjardins, frazer+mclaren, ottawa+senators, ryane+clowe, safety, visors

Sleep with anger

-Last night-
To go to sleep angry is something you shouldn’t do.  So I was glad that CSN showed the new Shark Byte right after that appalling game in LA.  It was chock full of fun and cute things and happy cheerful banter.  Something other than what was probably going on in the Sharks dressing room and on the plane home tonight.  I hope, but that’s because I’m still a little mad.  Maybe I should watch it again.  The Shark Byte, not the game.  That wallaroo was adorable.

I thought the Sharks would give a few strong performances here, since they were facing teams they should take seriously.  The Canucks game was depressing but McLellan said it was a good effort.  He’s the expert, so I’ll just believe him.  But this game in LA was painful to watch.  The team could not have been more disjointed if they had itching powder in their gloves and helmets.  They were so very much out of sync, it was hard to tell who wasn’t making hasty wrong decisions and bizarre choices.

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Questions and a few answers

For those going to the game Saturday, the Sharks will host their annual opening night street rally from 5 to 7, next to HP Pavilion.  There will be food, music, carnival festivities (face painting, dunk tank, slap shot hockey, other fun stuff), and a scavenger hunt.  For more on the scavenger hunt and a chance to win game tickets, go to: www.sjsharks.com/streetrally.

They’ll have a benefit beer booth and Sharks gear to tempt you.  Even if you aren’t going to the game but are in the area, check that out.  It’s all subject to change in case of inclement weather, fingers crossed.

Mike Moore and Cameron MacIntyre reported to Worcester today.  Evidently MacIntyre got there last night, and was promptly interviewed.  Thanks to @worcestersharks for posting the vid.

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Sharks sign Winchester: what’s it mean?

So, my roster guess is already pretty wrong.  That’s okay, I’m usually wrong about things like that.

What does signing Brad Winchester mean?  Not only did the Sharks give him a contract, they gave him one of their two remaining contract spots.  They obviously thought he could bring more to the team than most of the young players he was competing with during training camp.  That makes that contract bigger than it looks at one year for $725k. 

The list of players he was competing with includes: Jamie McGinn, Cameron MacIntyre, and John McCarthy.  Those are not all similar players but they were all competing for a lower line spot on the NHL roster. McCarthy has already been sent down.  I would have put Frazer McLaren on that list but he wasn’t fairly tested during this camp as he was recovering from injury.  So I won’t say Winchester beat him out for a spot, but there doesn’t seem to be room left for him.

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Sharks roster taking shape?  All set?

Just because it seems like the thing to do these days, I’ll share my lineup guesses.  Today could be the last chance to do that since tonight is the last exhibition game.  Announcement of the final decisions are imminent, though there aren’t a lot of decisions left to make.

Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Havlat, Wingels-Handzus-Mitchell, McGinn-Desjardins-A Murray, Ferriero, McCarthy.
Boyle-Murray, Burns-Vlasic, Demers-White, Vandermeer.
Niemi, Greiss.

There, that’s what I guess the Sharks roster will look like come October.  Why?  The top six are self-evident (F and D), even if they get moved around a bit.  The goalies?  It sounds like Niemi will be just fine by the start of the season.  If not, no biggie.  He’ll be back and Greiss seems to be finding his groove.

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