Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: sm-liiga
Two Sharks defensemen went to play in Finland during the lockout. Oddly, they both returned with hand injuries and probably won't be available to start the shortened season. The only thing that would make it more odd would be if it was the same hand. It isn't. Jason Demers has a soft removable cast on his right hand, Justin Braun has a cast with a port hole for ultrasound therapy on his left.
Jason Demers played 30 games with Karpat Oulu, and then some more games with Canada's team in the Spengler Cup tournament. His team won that, which made me think I need to work on how I ask questions. When I commented that Switzerland was a nice way to wind up his time in Europe, he left out that whole winning thing:
To have Christmas and New Years with my family was icing on the cake for that trip.
Maybe you have to be a little more explicit when asking about beating your Captain's team for a title. Obviously time with your family is important too, but.... WINNING!!!! In all, Demers did have a very successful time abroad:
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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