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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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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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Patrick Marleau: still smokin’

With tedious regularity, Patrick Marleau scores two goals. Of course it's not tedious at all, it's a beautiful thing. Someone should write a song about it.

He scores two goals in Alberta,
And two in the next game.
He scores two goals before he scores two goals,
And then...*

Well, we're not to game five yet.  But he's already done something that hasn't been done in nearly 100 years:

@SharksStats: "Patrick Marleau 2nd player in NHL history to begin a season with 4 multi-goal games (Cy Denneny, 1917-18 Ottawa Senators). #Elias"

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Sharks camp day two: “As quick as we start”

Can Sharks fans expect anything different from the mostly same Sharks as last season?  This is a question many have asked now, but to my mind it misses an important point.  This season is not last season, it would not be last season even if it were not an insanely compressed season.  This is now, that was then.  Even old habits do not manifest themselves in exactly the same way as they did yesterday.  The team is going into the unknown, without much time to prepare.  If I don't know where I'm going or what will happen there, I will always grab the old horse, the one I've known for years.

That old horse is right out in the field, I still throw a saddle on him whenever I have to ride without notice.  He is a fractious beast, headstrong and not terribly well-mannered, but I know him. I know a lot, he knows a lot, together I trust us to cope with whatever the unknown throws at us.  I cannot imagine why anyone would chose differently. 

I have seen some say that young teams will have the edge in this short race, but I don't buy it.  Go with what you know when heading into unknown territory.  Todd McLellan, without making the equine comparison, said the same thing:

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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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Unlocking the rosters: ECHL, AHL bracing for NHL training camps

It's a little like a combination lock being opened, the roster spinning that ECHL and AHL teams will have to do in the next week.  The CBA documentation may not be in order yet, but the roster shuffle has started in anticipation of NHL training camps opening this weekend.  The SF Bulls' Andrew Crescenzi and Jamie Devane will be heading back to Toronto tonight.  Who else will go?  Possibly one, or three more, according to this SF Weekly report.  Depends on whether or not the two from Toronto were counter there.

The Worcester Sharks of the AHL have  a lot of players out with injuries right now.  Off the top of my head: Tim Kennedy is likely to be out for some time.  Curt Gogol is still recovering from an ugly hit that resulted in a suspension many have deemed inadequate.  I didn't see it but I'll believe the reports.  Brandon Mashinter did not play in the last game, and a minor injury was mentioned.  Defenseman Sena Acolatse was also absent for the last game due to an injury.  Bracken Kearns, who did finish the game Sunday, was absent for a bit of that game getting his hand repaired after a fight.  So that could be not actually okay.  I know I missed someone in there, but the gist of it is that the Sharks' AHL team has all kinds of players missing right now.  NHL training camp can only shorten their bench.

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Sharks sign several (6?) players

NHL Free Agency 2012, Day Two

Monday, the Sharks confirmed that defenseman Matt Irwin and center Bracken Kearns had signed contracts for the upcoming season.  They also announced that goalie Al Stalock has accepted their offer, and that they have signed defenseman Danny Groulx, who returns to North America after two seasons in the KHL.  All those contracts are for one-year.

This evening, Lavoie tweeted out another Sharks signing, that of John McCarthy.  I’m on record as being a fan of McCarthy, so I was very grateful to Mr. Lavoie for delivering this news.  Since he was right about Kearns, I’ll believe him about this one too:

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Just business

NHL Free Agency 2012, Day One

Today started off pretty well for the sort of spectator I am.  I like to track the movements of ex-Sharks as well as the arrival of new Sharks and really anyone who has ever caught my attention.  Torrey Mitchell promptly signed with Minnesota, I got giddy over a Flyers signing, and Brad Staubitz went to Anaheim.   Although he has never played for “my” teams, I was happy about Yann Danis being signed by the Oilers.  I like to hear about players finding a place.  

Then came news that the Sharks had signed Adam Burish.  It’s all fun and games until my team actually makes a move, then it becomes frantic serious.  It is very inconvenient that the NHL site makes it so you can’t find a player’s page through “Player Search” unless he is under contract with a team.  You can still find him through a stats search but why they have to break his page between contracts is a mystery.

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4 or 5 like Braun

Cap Geek released the details of the new contracts for Andrew Desjardins (1 year, $640k) and Justin Braun (3 years with average cap hit of $1.25m).  Information about Tommy Wingels’ contract was released a little earlier, but to make the list complete, he has a 2 year contract with a cap hit of $775k.  Also made official yesterday was Brad Stuart’s contract, 3 years at $3.6m.

So, what next?  The Sharks are still looking for a winger or two, and they are a little cap heavy on defense.  Numbers-wise, there are only 7 NHL defensemen under contract.  If they decide they cannot have so much cap space wrapped up on defense, they will have to move one of the blue liners to get that winger they want.  “That winger…” Gee, where have I heard that before?  Oh well, at least they’re not shopping for defense.

Moving a defenseman out would leave them with Worcester prospects or someone from free agency to fill in the seventh spot.  How confident are they that they could go into next season with only Worcester players to fill in as the seventh defenseman?  Last season the team used all 8 defensemen, even called up a 9th at one point.  So, are the Sharks ready to start with only 6 proven NHL d-men now?

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New lines, old lines, Sharks play tonight

Tonight’s lineup features Vlasic’s return but no Burns, the second line on top (minus Havlat, plus Ferriero) and a new mix of lower lines: McCarthy-Desjardins-Wingels, Mashinter-Guite-MacIntyre.  Oh, and the McGinn-Handzus-Mitchell line which isn’t at all new. 

Nemo was back on the ice for practice.  Praise the hockey gods.  Petrecki is also ready to play, after quietly finishing hip rehab.  I wondered where he was disappearing to during scrimmages.  He will be with Vlasic, Braun with Vandermeer and White with Demers.  I keep seeing White listed as “C White” instead of just “White.”  I know we had another White last season but let it go already, Colin is our new White, I think it is safe to just say “White.”

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