Category Archives: San Jose Sharks
We’re on the road again this week, which I’ll claim is a tribute to the Predators game seven road win in Anaheim…
The Conference quarter finals come up for discussion, as do the impending semifinals as the quest for the Cup continues, and there’s time for a quick ‘WTF’ regarding Jonathan Quick’s nomination for the Vezina trophy.
Home of two of the NHL’s powerhouse franchises, Pacific Division clubs also boast some of the finest prospects in the league and is bracing itself for the media tsunami Connor McDavid’ arrival is set to bring.
Whilst it may mean there are only two clubs with a serious chance of winning the Stanley Cup this season, the potential on display is tremendous and the Division may be about to get seriously interesting.
It is Monday June 19th 2015. The World Championships have long since concluded (congratulations Sweden) and the Stanley Cup has been won (congratulations St Louis). Attention now turns to the draft – that pivotal day where clubs short and long term fortunes can so quickly change.
Pittsburgh General Manager Pierre McGuire picks up the phone to new Sharks supremo Tim Burke, recently promoted from Director of Scouting. A little small talk is made – how the Flyers put their stick boy in net on the last day of the regular season, ensuring an Ottawa victory and eliminating the Penguins from the play-offs, what to make of Brent Burns’ new hair-do, and how much fun guys should have out there. Just shooting the breeze really.
Then it gets serious. Trades are discussed.
Two teams in need of a shake up, seeing what each can do for the other – depth players are discussed, playing their part of deckchairs aboard these two Titanic franchises. Finally one of the men decides cosmetic changes won’t alter their respective ships course – and they go big, they go bold.
They bring up Evgeni Malkin and Joe Thornton…
Straight defeats at the hands of 29th placed Arizona and Dallas this past weekend ensured San Jose’s slim hopes of making the post season were well and truly buried.
For the first time since 2003 the Sharks missed the cut, amid simmering tensions and internal wrangling; and now the California franchise faces some of its toughest choices in recent memory.
Is this a team in need of a few tweaks? Or a complete reset both on the ice and off it?
We discussed my somewhat controversial blog on Calgary moving Mark Giordano, why Edmonton should wait until the summer to make a serious trade and whether Shark’s coach Todd McLellan is really on the hot seat.
Martin Brodeur’s trial with the Blues also receives some attention.
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Another year, another post season disappointment.
San Jose surrendered a 3-0 series lead against Los Angeles to crash out of the play-offs last season, triggering something of a self inflicted crisis within the club.
After a summer of chaos, can San Jose remain a dominant force out West? Will a ‘reboot’ finally put them on the path to glory? Or have they simply cut off their proverbial nose in attempting to fix things?
On this weeks One Puck Short Podcast; I’m flying solo as the Conference Finals appear over the horizon.
In this episode, I look at:
- Montreal vs Boston
- Habs Cup chances
- Bruins next step
- Pittsburgh at a cross roads
- Who’ll win the battle of California
- Ducks goaltending controversy
- San Jose’s summer moves
- Islanders ownership situation
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