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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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All good things

Jason Demers is ready to play. He took slapshots Tuesday and Wednesday, and spent some extra time working with both Larry Robinson and Jim Johnson after Tuesday's practice.  Wednesday, he was practicing with a power play unit.  That would argue for Demers being in sooner than later.  My guess is that sooner would be even sooner if Boyle is still out Thursday.  Today, Frazer McLaren was waived so the Sharks have made room for someone.  That's a one, not some two.

Brent Burns, just yesterday so glum, looked better today.  He did more drills with the team, he was taking longer strides, making more turns and stops.  He looks better than he did before camp. Suddenly, he looks not so far from good to go, but that would be sudden.  It's unreasonable to think one day would make such a difference.  But back to back days skating, and skating harder the second day is great news.  At least it indicates steady progress.

McLellan put some new lines to work this morning:

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