October 26th, 2012, 11:24 am
I was all set to record last night, but Doug had to back out. I refuse to accept his pitiful excuse that he has a busy life, a demanding job, and a loving family.
We’ll be back next week.
October 18th, 2012, 3:28 pm
Good discussion in the comments section of the previous post about the CBA negotiations, be sure to check that out.
The players have responded with three separate proposals, all which move to an even 50-50 split. The owners have rejected the offers. Now, it certainly appears as if games will be missed, and possibly the season.
There’s no doubt the owners gained the upper hand in the PR war by offering the 50/50 split first. We will see if the players win back some goodwill by proposing their own. It looks as if the big difference right now is the NHLPA wants the current contracts to be honored in full, some of which were signed only days before the lockout, without impacting the 50/50 split. The owners offered to honor those contracts, but they will count against the future players’ share, which led the players to say it was “the players paying the players”. I can see this both ways. Under the owners’ proposal, on one hand, the owners will be paying those players their actual salaries in the future. On the other, the owners will suffer no financial repercussions for signing deals that are incredibly rich (Parise) and oftentimes foolhardy (Ehrhoff).
As disappointed as I am, I’m still on the players side. Perhaps there are important terms that have not been made public, but the latest proposals seem to decrease the player’s future income and contract negotiating positions from the previous CBA in every case. The players’ proposed deal weakens them across the board; they get no stronger position in any area. If games are lost or the season is canceled, it’s difficult for me to believe how people can blame the players for that (“You didn’t capitulate enough!”).
October 3rd, 2012, 9:00 pm
I’m glad to report that almost everyone that initially wanted tickets came through, and we have a impressive group- 38! To those that are coming, I’m excited to meet all of you, and happy that you wanted to come out. To those that missed out or found out too late don’t worry – tickets are still available. Buy your own, and let’s meet up at the period break.
It may not be NHL hockey, but it’s still hockey.
September 25th, 2012, 9:18 pm
Our schedules are a little crazy this week, but we are still planning on recording- it might just be a bit later than usual. Also, if you emailed us about going to the Bulls game, I just sent a response with some details, so check your inbox. If you are late to the party and still want to go, it’s not too late, but please email in the next few days so you can make it in. We will have a really good turnout, and this is the time of year where I’m starved for hockey, as I’m sure you all are as well. The Bulls may not be in the NHL, but the hockey will be damn good, and the experience lots of fun with us and your fellow listeners.
August 23rd, 2012, 7:31 am
Even though basically nothing has happened in the Sharks world in the last two weeks, the Dudes soldier on, talking about the CBA, the Sergei Samsonov rumor, and other minutia.
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July 18th, 2012, 1:43 pm
First of all, listen to the podcast if you haven’t already.
Kevin Kurz has a post about a Q&A session Kevin Compton and Stratton Sclavos (two of the Sharks owners) had over the weekend about the state of the franchise. They revealed some (alleged) information about the Sharks’ financial situation, stating that they lost around $15M last year. In fact, here are the main points of the article as I read them:
- The Sharks owners lost money last year, even through every home game sold out.
- The Sharks consider themselves at about the midpoint of teams in terms of market size and revenues.
- The cap has gone up a lot since the cap was first put in.
- The Sharks owners don’t care about making money, they just want to win.
Reviewed in this easy, albeit jaded format, this could be a blueprint for the PR strategy of any ownership group in the NHL this summer. We lost a lot of money, even though we are doing everything right. We sell out the building, we work hard to ice a competitive team, but our P&L looks like a horror show. But hey, that’s ok, we just want to win. It looks like this is the owners doing what owners have always done when labor negotiations happen, cry poor, but save personal face with their customers by saying it’s all just part of the deal, and they’re fine with it. In this context, the headline (“Should Sharks owners be allowed to profit?”) and the first three points are brilliant in serving those purposes. This makes me want to launch into a whole argument about the nature (and type) of profit the owners are in fact making, but that will have to wait for another day.
Frankly, I have no concrete reason to doubt Mr. Compton’s and Mr. Sclavos’ sincerity on any of this. However, it’s worth mentioning that only statement #3 above is proven. All the others either burnish the owner’s own reputations, or further the NHL’s bargaining position. It think it goes without saying that these points should be taken with a grain of salt. Plenty of the commenters on the article noticed correctly that this loss number is not audited, and not present in any public disclosure statement, because SS&E (Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the entity that owns the Sharks) is not a publicly traded company, and therefore not required to release any such numbers. In fact, during the lockout in 2005, there was quite a row made over the players’ claims that they wanted to see the real financial statements of the teams, and they were not being provided the information requested.
The fact that this conversation took place less than a week after the owners submitted their initial bargaining position is not a coincidence.
June 8th, 2012, 6:46 pm
Our nightmare continues as the Kings are one win away from raising the Stanley Cup over their smog infested, Knotts Berry Farm loving, 45 minutes to get to anywhere heads. We just have to hope that the Devils can be the 2nd team in NHL history to come back from an 0-3 hole in the Stanley Cup Finals to win it all. The last team to do it, from what I understand, was the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942. (Matt D’Agostini)
Honestly, I fully expect it to happen because the Stanley Cup playoffs this year has been so bizarre. Like Richard Simmons bizarre. Why not cap it off with the completely absurd? Charlie Sheen throws a fit at Game Four at the Staples Center and the Kings lose. How did they ever let him into the building? He is the black cloud of all things good and he has infested the Kings with his madness.
The Curse of the Billy Goat.
The Madden Cover Curse
The Curse of Charlie Sheen. It has been laid upon the Kings and will forever live in infamy. Devils win in Seven.
Mike and I will be back next week with our landmark 200th episode as we begin to pick over the Sharks roster in our offseason preview.
May 20th, 2012, 10:19 am
I'm just like the Coyotes. I feel a blowout!
My daughter is now 16 days old and I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. My days revolve around keeping track of how many times this small version of me poos and pees, singing silly songs about poos and pees and washing poos and pees off my Dudes on Hockey t-shirt, which appears to be her favorite target….not sure what she’s saying about our podcast….
I’m also pretty sure that I feel fairly poopy and pee-pee about the LA Kings making the Stanley Cup Finals, which is a virtual certainty at this point. Is this really happening? Are the Sharks really keeping T-Mac as head coach and thinking that adding Bryan Marchment will fix the disturbing penalty kill? Why am I still covered in doo-doo?
As I stumble into next weeks podcast, we are creating two Dudes on Hockey award categories and we would like your help in forming the nominations. Let us know your nominees in the comment thread below and we’ll run with it.
What NHL player is the lamest, either on or off the ice? An obvious nominee would be Patrick Kane, for his drunken escapade after Round One in the playoffs coupled with his classic Vancouver limo incident and punching a cab driver in the face in his native Buffalo. Plus he’s just a tool in general. That’s my nominee.
Who is your King Douchebag? State your case and provide your evidence.
THE DIRTY DIAPER AWARD
Which current San Jose Shark player would you like to see NOT return next season. No rules apply here, no logic, or trade clauses. Just you being able to toss this player into the Diaper Champ like a nutty surprise on the NHL landfill. With the new CBA, there could be an amnesty clause that would allow you to dispose of this dirty diaper. You could also choose to not resign this players soiled baby shorts as a UFA or RFA.
Who is your Dirty Diaper and why do they stand out from the other Pamper nightmares?
We will be back next week. Until then, my hockey friends…I reek of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.
May 17th, 2012, 8:52 am
Sorry, looks like the podcast isn’t going to happen this week. Doug has some terrible excuse, like caring for a brand new small person that constantly cries and demands attention, furthering the human race. My own reason is much more noble- I ate a lot of bacon this morning and feel sleepy. I’m going to try and get Doug to post something at his most sleep-deprived, which should be entertaining. I’m hoping for a new episode early next week.
Suggestions for topics always welcome, either here in the comments, or through Twitter or email.
May 2nd, 2012, 12:03 pm
No baby yet, so I thought I’d kill some time.
I noticed this release today on the Sharks official website, confirming what we all assumed was Step One in the offseason plan. Doug Wilson’s J-O-B is safe and he will be the point man for the changes this summer.
STATEMENT FROM THE OWNERSHIP GROUP OF SHARKS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
“The on-ice results of our team this season are not acceptable to our fans, our organization or our ownership group. We will not lower our expectation that every San Jose Sharks team we put on the ice is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that our team has experienced a tremendous amount of success over the past eight seasons, we are not satisfied with those results and neither is Doug. The ownership group has confidence that Doug will make the necessary changes to ensure our club remains among the NHL’s elite franchises.”
So Step #2 we’d all assume is will Doug Wilson continue with T-Mac as the teacher in his hockey classroom? You’ll notice T-Mac did not get the same vote of confidence from the ownership statement.
Mike and I are on record on this weeks podcast that we think it’s time for a change. Despite four years of making the playoffs, the lack of consistency, the brutal drop off on the penalty kill, and the apparent change in winning style in the NHL could steer DW in a different direction – especially if he’s stuck with many of the same players. It certainly will be easier to change the coaching staff than trade some of these contracts (Marleau, Thornton, Niemi) in an unknown CBA climate.
If T-Mac gets thrown overboard, one name I want to throw out is St. Louis Blues assistant coach, Brad Shaw.
Who the hell is Brad Shaw? Well, he’s an assistant coach on a team that whipped the Sharks fannies eight out of nine times this year and we know what a fan Doug Wilson is to paying homage to teams that are successful. Brad Shaw was voted by the 2011-12 NHL Players Association players poll as the assistant who most deserves a Head Coaching job. He played 377 NHL games as a defensemen and was Co-Captain of the Ottawa Senators in their second year in the league, something DW can relate to as a Captain of an expansion team himself. Maybe the most important connection between the two men is they both were dominant defensemen for the Ottawa 67′s under coach Brian Kilrea, a brotherhood that DW appears to take pretty seriously when evaluating hockey talent given his draft history. Maybe he would consider it when looking for another coach…
Nothing to see here yet…but if T-Mac gets canned, I would see if Doug Wilson has Brad Shaw on speed dial.