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Two dudes blogging and podcasting about the San Jose Sharks, straight from sunny California.

post Ahead of the Curve Again

January 6th, 2010, 2:50 pm

Filed under: blog — Written by Mike

It’s been only a matter of days since Doug and I went up to Stockton to check out the Thunder of the ECHL, and reported glowingly in a recent podcast.  Today, the Sharks announce they have entered into a working arrangement with the Thunder for the rest of the season.  This coming on the heels of Jason Demers being sent there recently- here’s the always-thorough Sharkspage rundown.  Can it be merely coincidence that the Dudes plan a trip, publicize said trip, go to the game, report positively on the quality of the arena and franchise, and have the Sharks enter into a business agreement only days later?  Of course it’s a coincidence, what are ya, nuts?

Because I’m crazy like that, I remember something about the ECHL from reading the current CBA, here’s a passage that applies to Demers:

Loans to East Coast Hockey League. Players who are party to an Entry Level
SPC may be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League (“ECHL”) without the requirement
of Player consent, provided the Player will continue to be paid the stated amount of the
AHL portion of his two-way SPC in the Native Currency of the NHL Club.

9.7 Loans to East Coast Hockey League. Players who are party to an Entry Level SPC may be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League (“ECHL”) without the requirement of Player consent, provided the Player will continue to be paid the stated amount of the AHL portion of his two-way SPC in the Native Currency of the NHL Club.

Here’s a corollary, implied by the above:

13.11 No Loans to East Coast Hockey League. A Player who is not in the Entry Level System may not be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League without his consent.

So the moral of this story is that Demers, McLaren, and McGinn could all be easily sent to Stockton instead of Worchester for the rest of the year with little fuss.  And since the Sharks seem to be fans of sending players places for single digit days, it’ll be easier (and cheaper) to make them drive 75 miles than fly 3000.

post Episode 80 – Caps and Hawks Go Down

December 30th, 2009, 11:49 pm

Filed under: podcast — Written by Mike

Happy New Year, and the Sharks are on a roll again.  They’ve now won six straight with their latest- an impressive win over the powerhouse Washington Capitals.  Maybe some of the other wins on this streak weren’t as impressive, but the Dudes break it all down.  All that plus Mike and Doug recap their trip to see the ECHL Stockton Thunder, discuss the various Olympic hockey teams, touch on the World Juniors, and launch the very first contest to win your own limited edition Dudes on Hockey t-shirt.  You’ll have to listen to the podcast to get all the details.

post Podcast on Thursday This Week

December 29th, 2009, 11:16 pm

Filed under: blog — Written by Doug

Happy Holidays everyone!

Mike and I decided to do the podcast on Wednesday night this week so we could discuss the highly anticipated game against the Washington Capitals and our recent pilgrimage to Stockton to see some ECHL minor league hockey. Make sure to check back again on Thursday morning to ring in the New Year with the Dudes!

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