January 23rd, 2013, 10:16 pm
The Sharks are off to a blistering start, scoring 10 goals in two games, and easily beating Calgary and Edmonton. And, as crazy as it might have sounded a week ago, Scott Gomez is now a Shark, but at a very reasonable price.
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February 9th, 2012, 10:31 am
A great moment last night with Owen Nolan at center ice, the entire crowd standing, cheering, not wanting the cheers to end. I’m sure Nolan felt the same. Both the Sharks and Flames giving it up for the veteran of both teams, the #1 overall pick in 1990, who, like so many others, had a long industrious career that didn’t quite end the way he wanted.
Basically, a microcosm of the game last night. The Sharks played just well enough to stay in it, but the Flames would take control whenever the Sharks tied it up. Olli Jokinen, of all people, looking like he was playing in his Florida Panthers heyday, dropping a hat trick on the Sharks. And most of all, the Sharks breakout defense being completely hamstrung without Dan Boyle in the lineup. The game winning goal in particular was a comedy of errors that was worthy of the Three Stooges, with Colin White assuming the role of Shemp. I half-expected Niemi to put the flat of his hand between his eyes so Jokinen wouldn’t be able to do the two-fingered poke.
The best part of the game was when the Sharks were down 2-0, then came roaring back in the space of 90 seconds. But true to form, the Flames regained the lead four minutes later, in perhaps the textbook definition of “how not to defend a 2-on-2″. It looks like a 2-on-1 for a moment, with Murray backing up, but Burns is quickly back in the play. Iginla passes to Jokinen, and Murray slides over to take Jokinen. Burns decides to hang out in no-man’s-land, leaving Iginla uncovered between the hash marks, who promptly buries the return pass from Jokinen. For good measure, there’s a third guy coming into the frame, also uncovered, who probably would have scored on the rebound if Iginla somehow failed to score from 15 feet out.
I’m hoping the Sharks were just looking forward to Friday, when they’ll come out with the same dominance they showed against Dallas and Columbus last week. It’s not all puppies and rainbows in Chicago either, I read this, and it cheered me up a little.
January 16th, 2012, 7:38 pm
The Sharks went 2-1-1 on the road, with a loss to Chicago. The Dudes break down the performance, the All-Star selections (or lack thereof) and the troubles plaguing Montreal and Calgary.
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October 27th, 2010, 9:17 am
The Sharks have a better road trip than Doug predicted, but it wasn’t without problems. Decent road wins against Colorado and Edmonton, but the Calgary game was a first-period debacle. The dudes answer listener questions, mostly about the Sharks D (or lack thereof), and try to keep an even keel.
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March 20th, 2010, 12:21 pm
How much do you make? Less than a million? Let's fight!
A few days ago, Ryane Clowe had a rather unfortunate quote in a Pollak blog post. That quote?
I told him I wasn’t going to fight him, that I’d fight Barch. I probably should have fought him (Morrow), but I have a hard time fighting guys who are the top players on other teams. I don’t know.”
Really the only way to take this is, “I get my ass kicked in fights against great players, so I’ll try and save myself some embarrassment and fight Kris Barch instead.” Although Krys Barch, in both of his fights against Clowe and Jay Leach had a perfectly placed grab hand (right in front of the opponent’s right shoulder), effectively taking the right hand away from both guys. And as I mentioned on the podcast this week, neither elected to go to the left, like Brad Staubitz does. Say what you will about Staubitz, but he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter on the team, and it’s not even close. That being said, it certainly doesn’t make up for his consistency in taking idiotic penalties.
Unfortunately as a result, Clowe looks like a wuss, passing up an opportunity to put the Stars’ best player in the box for 5 minutes. Not a whole lot of hay was made about this quote, though I did see a couple of comments in the thread, and Doug was pretty incensed about it. I didn’t really give it much thought, until last night when I was trying to ignore the Sharks getting worked by Calgary.
I’m not sure if someone talked to Clowe about his aversion to fighting top players, but he made a statement, maybe one of the only high points in the Sharks’ collective game all night. It was an active and entertaining scrap, with Clowe fighting one of the biggest stars in the game- probably the best-fighting big star in the game to boot. My little theory is Clowe was trying to redeem himself for running away from Morrow. These two things have to be a little related, right?
I can’t endorse the sentiment Clowe expressed above, but I admire his balls for taking on Iginla. You can handle yourself against top players just fine, big guy. Don’t back away anymore.
February 14th, 2010, 11:08 am
If the regular season were to end today at the Olympic break and 62 game mark, the San Jose Sharks would once again be the #1 seed in the Western Conference, but not the President’s Trophy winner – that dubious distinction would go to the Washington Capitals. Capping off a 4-2 road trip that ended on with a particularly lame effort last night in Buffalo, here’s what else we’re left to ponder for two weeks.
If the season ended today:
The Sharks would likely field a 4th line of skilled players in the playoffs who will play the body, create actual scoring chances and threaten their opponents 3rd pairing with speed, unlike last years combo of Cheechoo, Grier and Shelley. This is good news and should help the Sharks get past their postseason blues.
Doug Wilson would be left with unfinished business. He still needs to address the lack of quality blueline depth and hopefully seeing Rob Blake’s dismal final three games of the road trip (-2 and two horrible penalties vs. Detroit that should have cost the Sharks the game, especially the one in OT), Doug Wilson must add another d-man who can play 20+ minutes and lessen the burden on the 40 year old Blake, who is really showing his immobility and age down the stretch. Trading Shelley helps and created a 750k cushion for either the permanent stay of Jamie McGinn or for Wilson to add someone of significance. I’m sure if something happens it will come out of nowhere, in typical Doug Wilson fashion – but watching Blake this last week confirmed my opinion – something MUST happen for the Sharks to beat Detroit or Chicago in May, or we’ll see more of Blake skating in cement as Kane and Datsyuk glide right around him.
The Sharks would draw Calgary in the first round, as the standings sit today. Could be worse (Detroit), could be better (Nashville). Calgary is a team in turmoil and they still haven’t found any rhythm since making major roster changes two weeks ago, losing three of their last four. The Flames are never an easy draw, but Brent Sutter has been a lousy playoff coach – with both his Devils teams losing in the first round his two years there. I feel confident we could beat Calgary in 5 or 6 max.
Some people say it’s to the Sharks advantage to finish 2nd and avoid the pressure of #1, but I say – Hell’s No. There is enough separation right now between Colorado at #6 with 76 points and the group clogged up for the final two spots (Detroit, Nashville, Dallas, Calgary, Anaheim and St. Louis) that the probability that Detroit will end up #7 is pretty damn high. Avoid the 2nd seed at all costs, or a date with Detroit awaits. I’ve championed the Curse of the Blackhawks all season, their dealings with Martin Havlat and RFA madness in the offseason created bad hockey karma and it will all come crumbling down around them when they draw Detroit in Round One. MAKE IT SO HOCKEY GODS! This is why San Jose must stay #1. It’s critical to our postseason success. All roads must go through Detroit – and it wouldn’t be a Cup run within having to beat the best – but let’s not have it be in the first round. We all know the ending to that fairy tale.
I'm a #7 seed waiting to happen. I can smell Huet from here!
January 31st, 2010, 9:12 am
Is there ocean in Toronto? Suck it up. You're moving.
The details are still unfolding, but it appears the Flames have traded Phaneuf, Sjostrom and d-man Keith Aulie (Calgary’s 3rd ranked prospect by Hockeyfuture.com) for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and versatile defenseman Ian White.
Holy Schnikes! What a deal.
On the surface, I totally don’t get it for Toronto. They already have a ton of hard hitting D and they need help up front, and now they just traded their 2nd and 5th leading scorers. Ummm….okay….There must be something else happening here for Toronto. They must have a lead on dealing Komisarek or Beauchemin for a high scoring forward otherwise this is majorly puzzling. I do like them picking up Aulie, another good young player for them to develop with Kadri and company.
For Calgary, they change the image of their team instantly and acquire two very solid secondary scorers, which has been a major problem for them. They just got deeper and more talented on their 2nd line and this certainly makes more sense than holding out hope by dealing Phaneuf for Kovy and praying he doesn’t leave for Russia. Getting Ian While in this deal was the key, he is a very underrated player and can provide the production Phaneuf was giving them for much cheaper.
I have to give this one to Calgary, pending the next move by Burke which has to involve moving another d-man. Since they just gave up scoring, might they be interested in a Clowe for Beauchemin swap that Mike and I have been touting for months?
What’s your take?
UPDATE: ESPN IS REPORTING JASON BLAKE AND VESA TOSKALA TO ANAHEIM FOR JEAN SEBASTIAN GIGUERE.
Tags: Calgary Flames
, Dion Phaneuf
, Francois Beauchemin
, Frederik Sjostrom
, Ian White
, Jamal Mayers
, Jason Blake
, Jean-Sebastien Giguere
, Matt Stajan
, Niklas Hagman
, Toronto Maple Leafs
, Vesa Toskala
January 20th, 2010, 8:35 am
Mike and Doug celebrate the two resounding wins against Los Angeles and Calgary. Although there’s plenty of hockey yet to be played, the Dudes try to put their fingers on what led to the huge goal outburst and convincing wins in the past week, and how the Sharks can keep it going. Also, trivia is back in a slightly different form, go ahead and play along while you’re listening.
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December 11th, 2009, 10:42 pm
Mike and Doug take over the airwaves of KDOW 1220AM and spend two hours talking hockey. In the first hour they cover the Calgary game, the Ottawa game with the return of Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo, and start to explore the kinds of changes or moves the Sharks might contemplate. In the second hour the Dudes talk to Mark Purdy, columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, and Mark Smith, former Shark. After that, the listeners weigh in with their takes.
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