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post DOH 121 – Defensive Lament

October 27th, 2010, 9:17 am

Filed under: podcast — Written by Mike

The Sharks have a better road trip than Doug predicted, but it wasn’t without problems. ┬áDecent road wins against Colorado and Edmonton, but the Calgary game was a first-period debacle. ┬áThe dudes answer listener questions, mostly about the Sharks D (or lack thereof), and try to keep an even keel.


6 Comments to “DOH 121 – Defensive Lament”

  1. Ruben says:

    Rypien went into the stands in Minnesota, no?

    Man, Vlasic on the clock more than Seto? We are talking about the guy who was #2 in the entire NHL in GAON/60 minutes, right? I really think that if Vlasic was 6’4, 225 pounds and was just as effective but by being physical no one would have a problem with his play. Giving up on him because he only scores 20 points a season and plays D by pokechecking forwards to death would be a huge miscaculation by the front office.

    Personally, I think Doug Murray is on the hot seat more than any other Sharks Dman. Souts nor stats tout him as a premier shutdown guy, he was awful against Chicago last year and IMO has been by far the worst player on the team thus far this year (yeah, even worse than Niemi). That + him making $2mil a year makes him a target. Demers is our only other capable Dman on the PP, Wallin has a NTC, and Huskins probably would pass through waivers. If the Sharks are going to improve on the blue line, I think it is going to come at the expense of trading Doug Murray.

    Anyways, Dudes, always great to hear your take. Sharks out of the playoffs wouldn’t only be the most disappointing team in the NHL this year, but possibly the most dissapointing team in franchise history. Have to believe there would be a major shakeup if the Sharks continued on that path, something on the level of Clowe, Niemi, and Murray for Vokoun or something crazy like that.

  2. Tom says:

    Dudes nice podcast.

    I’m with you guys on wanting a puck mover on the blue line vs a shut down guy.

    I realize this is hindsight but I’m still surprised DW didn’t go after Kurtis Foster. Especially at 1.8m… He could fill that second pairing role well. I guess it doesn’t matter at this point, but I think a guy like that is what we might be better off expecting vs say like a Kaberle…

    And I’m with you guys too that the Sharks struggling right now isn’t all horrible. Especially in my mind if it exposes the issues early and allows Tmac and DW to properly address them.

    Nice call.

    • evilducks says:

      I don’t think Foster would want to be on the same team with Mitchell, I like Foster and all, I just don’t think he would have ever signed here.

      • Tom says:

        I guess it’s a mute point but I thought Foster spoke well of the Sharks. But maybe that’s why we didn’t get him… Who can say for sure…

        But mostly my point was that that type of player I think might be more realistic than a player of Kaberle’s caliber…

  3. Andy C says:

    He he – I love the idea that everyone in England sounds like Pip from South Park…
    Why can’t all mornings be like this? Watching the highlights of the Giants pounding the Rangers followed by the Sharks pounding the Devils? Probably because I’d never get any work done!

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