March 1st, 2010, 10:20 am
I don’t mean to sound too negative here, because the USA-Canada game yesterday was probably the best hockey game I’ve ever watched. It’s hard to beat the suspense of multiple overtimes in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but this one came close. It had a Game 7 feel with even more talent. It seems some people are very crushed the US lost, but not me. I’m disappointed. Even amidst the disappointment, I’m still very happy about the results- most didn’t pick the USA to medal. They still beat Canadan once, the most talented team, and held with them into overtime, creating an Olympic moment people will remember for many years to come. It’s truly a victory for American hockey. Even more so than 1980 because that game was a triumph of a system, philosophy, and coaching. This tournament had the top teams all on roughly equal ground to start.
Now that it’s over, it’s time to attend to some Sharks business. The trade freeze has been lifted, and trades have already started, with Jordan Leopold being dealt to the Pens. It’s possible the Sharks could make big waves, but I think it’s less likely. Boston is reportedly in the hunt for Dan Hamhuis. Kaberle has re-re-reconfirmed he isn’t waiving his NTC. Corvo is reportedly in the mix, but I would think that would have been part of the Wallin deal if it were in the cards. We should steel ourselves for the fact that the Sharks could look very similar on Thursday.
That may not be a great thing, especially since Pollak has confirmed that Vlasic does in fact have a knee “tweak” (props to Fear the Fin on calling that one), and hasn’t skated yet. With a whole host of Sharks not completely healthy for the playoff run last year, this provides a feeling of deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say. At least he’s not trying to play through it, which is more than we could say for Patrick Marleau late in the season last year. The last thing the Sharks need is to be more rickety on defense, trying to compete against the great Western Conference defensive corps of Calgary, Detroit, Chicago, and L.A.
We’re waiting for the trade deadline to pass before we do the podcast this week, so look for that Wednesday night.