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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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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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The Worcester Sharks and the Stockton Thunder play today

The Sharks play the Kings tomorrow.  I don’t know about all Sharks fans but I’ll just hold my breath until then.  It would be nice to have Douglas Murray back in but, as he said, we don’t want him rushing back and having to leave the game again.

Sharks fans are still not showing universal, not even majority approval of Niemi’s performance lately.  That bad first goal in Dallas was vexing but I thought Niemi redeemed himself in advance.  It was nothing short of miraculous that the Sharks managed to score first after being pinned so long in their own zone to start the game.  Was it not as bad as it looked?  I must be biased and prone to panic.  But I credit Niemi with some of that non-scoring by Dallas.  Later, his timely save that preceded Thornton’s back-breaking goal was not beautiful and but it did the job.  No complaints here.  If the team’s confidence continues to grow, so will Niemi’s.

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New signings and other tween day bits

Saturday’s Stars @ Sharks game was certainly the most suspenseful 3 goal lead I can remember watching, but my memory is slipping lately.  It was a shame to end it with a crummy, unproductive 5 on 3 power play, but the rest of the game was well-managed.  The Stars didn’t bring their best to the game but everyone will have another go at it tomorrow.  Fingers and toes crossed and all that.

This morning’s lines, for what tween-game-day lines are worth, were the same as in Saturday’s game.  The Joes skated with Marleau, Havlat with Couture and Clowe.  Your bottom six, hard to precisely label with numbers were: Wingels-Desjardins-Winnik and Galiardi-Moore-Mitchell.

On defense we saw White with Braun, Demers with Burns and Boyle with Vlasic.  Murray, though chipper as all get out, was skating with Vandermeer so he is by no means a shoe-in to play tomorrow, not yet.  The fifth line wore orange today.  They were Ferriero, Winchester and Handzus.

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