| Playoff pondering
Some bright spots amid
Another season comes and another season the
San Jose Sharks bow out in the second round. It's becoming a bit of a tradition
in San Jose. It's a tradition that the team, the players and the fans would
rather not cling to.
Newspaper articles and talk radio will ponder the reasons for the Sharks annual
demise over the next few weeks. I will not do that today. It is best to wait
until the smoke clears before calculating the why's and wherefores of this
The bloggers are readily laying all of this at the feet of Captain Patrick
Marleau and head Coach Ron Wilson. Reading all of the internet hatred gives one
a better understanding of just how the ancient Roman habit of feeding
Christians to lions became so popular.
Marleau had a sub-par series. This is, perhaps, an understatement. But,
remember folks Marleau has traditionally been the Sharks best playoff
In this 'what have you done for me lately' society all past deeds are quickly
forgotten by the masses. Relax and think about who it is that you want
eliminated from the roster. Please think things through more thoroughly before
ripping guys on the net.
The Sharks were handed their rears on a big silver tray. The Detroit Red Wings
wanted it more - it's that simple. The shame in it is for the Sharks to deal
with certain inalienable facts. The Sharks are bigger than the Wings; they are
faster on the whole and probably have more skill with younger and probably
slightly better goaltending at this point in time. Yet, the Wings overcame all
of this and earned their way into the Western Conference Final. Kudos to the
boys of Octopi!
The Sharks are still very young. I know many folks don't like to accept or
think about this fact but it is the fact of the matter.
There were some pretty poor decisions made on the defensive end during both
playoff series and those were mostly due to youth.
In goal Evgeni Nabokov played wonderfully for most of the playoffs and he, at
times, kept the Sharks in games all by himself in the defensive end.
A special word must be said about big Joe Thornton. Thornton has been maligned
by media for years as a playoff underachiever. Let me tell you I saw the exact
opposite of this in his 2007 playoff performances. Thornton was seemingly every
where at all times. He played rugged D; he constantly tried to make things
happen in the offensive zone, was banging all over the ice and did his utmost
best to will his team to victory.
He, unfortunately, needs some able assistance in this regard and not too many
fellows were on the same page with the big guy. But let it be said that anyone
who claims Thornton had yet another poor playoff is either ignorant, didn't
watch him play or is simply a hater. The guy is top notch and above reproach.
A word to G.M. Doug Wilson - Please sign Scott Hannan. To let Hannan go would
be a huge mistake. The guy plays hard every night and shoulders as much or more
of the Sharks defensive load as anyone. Word is Hannan would command $3.5
million per year. Give it to him. He is worth every penny, and yes I have the
right to say it as I give the team a lot of my owe money each and every season.
Bill Guerin is probably gone as are probably a few others; let's just make sure
that Hannan isn't on a plane with any of them.
The next few days and weeks will be tough for Sharks fans, but that's ok.
Sharks fans will be stronger, wiser and more mature come the 2007-08 campaign.
Keep your chins up guys and dolls as next year's version of the Sharks will be
dressed in new threads and will be ready to once again attempt to bring Lord
Stanley's Cup to the South Bay.
Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
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