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What was all that about?

What was that Sharks press conference about yesterday?  I can’t begin to answer that.  I don’t blame them that Dreger blabbed the Stuart news before it started, but they weren’t even prepared to confirm that news.  So why did they meet with the press at all?

As the non-news trickled in, I thought maybe this was the owners’ attempt to quash those rude stories about them not being around or not knowing what was going on and nobody knowing who they were.  That works.

Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos explained that they don’t tell Doug Wilson what to do with the team, even if he does run the big ticket items by the owners.  I think that’s nice.  Busy-body owners only muddle things, and what is a General Manager for if you don’t let him manage?  They also mentioned that they are in this to win:

“Mission No. 1 around here is winning the Stanley Cup and that’s what this whole business is about,” Sclavos said. “We’ve been spending to the salary cap every year to put the best team on the ice that we think we can and in aggregate, the performance has been good.  -Working the Corners

Aggregate isn’t a word I use much but I like that idea- don’t go jumping off of bridges over one step back if you’ve made progress over several seasons.  While explaining that they’re not in it for the money, they mentioned that the organization isn’t in debt.  That’s fairly dazzling in this era of debt junkies. 

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On a scale of one to ten, how much does it hurt?

I never understood that question as a diagnostic tool, once you factor in a person’s pain tolerance and varying sensitivities to different kinds of pain.  A person might shrug at a broken bone or abdominal pain, but poke the same person in the eye and they fall down crying like a baby.  Brodie Brazil explained to Sharks fans how they should feel about the Kings winning and the Sharks having lost.  I can only conclude that Brodie is unfamiliar with the basics of psychotherapy.  There’s no “should” to feeling.

I don’t feel differently about the Sharks losing now that the Kings won, even if it does mean San Jose is alone in the Pacific Division without a Cup.  Who knows, the Pacific Division (edit: yes, I actually forgot about the Yotes. Poor Yotes) may go by the way before the Sharks win, will that make it not matter?  Does the way the Kings won make it worse that the Sharks didn’t?  The way they tore through the playoffs, seemingly immune to chance and challenge the whole way?  They played so many one-goal games, if you factor in the EN goals, and yet lost so few.  I would think their achievement would make the whole league shudder—how did they do that?  With really boring awful hockey that is a portent of an imminent lockout?

Saying a little serenity prayer here and ignoring that…

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Wilson trades for Stuart’s rights: not surprising but kind of odd

News that Doug Wilson had traded a conditional 7th round pick and talking rights with Andrew Murray for talking rights with Brad Stuart was met with general approval by Sharks tweeters. To me it seemed odd. When I say “odd” I don’t mean wrong or crazy, just less straightforward than it appears to be.

Brad Stuart will be a free agent on July 1, unless he signs a contract with the Sharks before that.  If, as was strongly rumored, Stuart had expressed a specific desire to come back to San Jose, why did Wilson have to trade anything at all to talk to him before July 1?  Why did he have to officially talk to him before then?  Because the market would swallow Stuart up with grand offers?  Is he really likely to be overpaid by enough to spend more years away from his family?  It doesn’t sound like he’s interested in exploring that:

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Patrick Marleau: the canary who won’t sing?

Doug Wilson says you need to keep your head, take emotion out of the equation when deciding what changes to make in the offseason.  As a fan, I have no responsibility to do that. Additionally, I lack information, as a lot of people do.  What we see from outside the organization, even what is shared with the media, is so limited as to only be a glimpse of the whole picture.

That doesn’t mean we can’t piece something together from what we do see, as the two-dimensional residents of Flatland might understand a three-dimensional star in their midst.  Their understanding will not be perfect but they can extrapolate from what they do see, and suspect, or feel.

I won’t argue that keeping Marleau is the best thing, even if that’s what I feel.  Maybe he needs a reset, moving might be good for him.  What I fear is that trading him would be such a big, dramatic move, it would throw up such a dust cloud that no one would feel pressure to address the more pernicious reasons behind the team’s failures.  If you can’t get the best out of Patrick Marleau, your own prodigy, someone who has a shitload of talent and a strong vested interest in your team’s success, what is wrong with you?

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Ring Pavlov’s bell in San Jose, who drools first?

Among other things that went wrong in Pittsburgh during the playoffs, Evgeni Malkin was unrelentingly pestered to the point of frustration by a 19 year old Flyer rookie.  I mention this as I did yesterday not only because it gives me tremendous satisfaction but because the same thing happened to a lot of teams this season: a bunch of new kids beat the old guard.  Hell, even the Coyotes made it out of the first round for the first time.

Jason Plank ‏ @fearthefin: “First time since 2001 that one of Detroit, Vancouver, or San Jose failed to advance to second round. All went out in 5 games this year.”

Even veterans fall down.  They tend to get back up and make adjustments quicker than a first-timer does.  The Sharks all just fell down together big time, I don’t want Doug Wilson to waste that lesson by sending a bunch of them packing and bringing in guys who have no memory of the group fail.  It’s time to get some heads examined, because body-swapping has lost its kick.  Or you can keep trying to get a better fix like a proper junkie would.

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  Tags: addiction, joe+pavelski, patrick+marleau, ryane+clowe, trade

Trade rumors and torment

Fans don’t usually get asked about blockbuster trades, except so folks can watch our little heads spin ‘round and explode, or see how long it takes us to tear each other to shreds.  Well, we do get asked for that reason all the time, but never in a serious “what you say might influence what happens” kind of way.  Kevin Kurz asked Sharks fans how we feel about the Sharks being on track for the last lap of the Nashcar race. I don’t mean he wants our heads to spin or any of that but… what reaction do you expect when someone tells us the Sharks may move Joe Pavelski?

@RyMartin24:”@bigjonallred Trading Joe Pavelski, American Hero, would be a crime against our beloved country.”

There were others, some involved threats of violent acts which I would rather not quote in case those tweets go badly for the tweeters.  Others did say they would consider it, but without them, where would the fan friction come from?

So, should the Sharks acquire Rick Nash?  What about Carter?  Carter would cost less up front… No.  No and no and no.  I’m just one fan but I’d be willing to say “no” 15,000 times if it would make a difference.

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Seeing red, and White

Someone cuts McCarthy’s face. I see red. I try to remember that line so nicely spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, something about “great vengeance and furious anger.” I am incapable of delivering that, even if I am in the mood to do so.

Before I can stuff my temper back in its box, the Lightning score,  taking the lead—again. But Vlasic gets a little revenge, ties it up.  Then, of all improbable things, White scores a go ahead goal.

I’m dizzy with all the ups and downs of this game.

I review my list: get points, win a lot, stay healthy, pick up a forward… two out of four is not excellent.

Not good, guys.

Before the last game I was worried about some pretty routine things that do tend to happen, just not all at once on the day I talk about them.  I suppose that would be different if I were writing a group itinerary, in which case writing things down would presumably be part of why they came to pass.  I guess I feel like I wrote a reverse itinerary yesterday, a great big jinx.

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  Tags: antti+niemi, colin+white, dwayne+roloson.+dominic+moore, jinx, supersition, trade

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