An assortment of off-season
5/30/08 - By Steve Flores
Well here we are, the few, the proud, the true hockey faithful! Anyone
checking onto The Feeder at this point is a true die-hard hockey fan and you
are to be commended. As we all know the Stanley Cup Final's are under way and
the Red Wings of Detroit are having their way with the upstart Pittsburgh
Penguins two games to nil with the igloo birds still trying to find a way to
their first goal.
The result of this final seemed pretty clear to
most. I called it a Wings victory in five. I still think the Penguins will
manage to score and win a game but the Motor City men are clearly the best team
in the league and have been all season long.
Penguin phenom Sidney
Crosby was spotted at a post game press conference inferring that the series
hasn't been 'all that' one-sided. Well perhaps it hasn't been as dominant as
the scores may be showing, but it's been pretty close to the scores. Not
scoring a goal in two games is dominance. Sid-the kid can protest as much as he
likes but the Wings are simply better.
But don't you fret ye ole
Penguin fan as the Penguins are a team destined for titles. This year's version
is young, exciting and loaded with talent. They remind many of the pre-Stanley
Cup Edmonton Oilers of the early 1980's. It just so happens that I loved those
early Oiler teams and I think that the comparison is pretty much on the mark.
The Penguins have a few minor needs but the nucleus of a great team is already
present and the team's management has show the willingness to go out and get a
Marian Hossa in hopes of putting them over the top. The Penguins will be THE
team to reckon with for the foreseeable future folks. Not this year, but very,
On the San Jose Shark front there has been no real news
regarding the signing of a Head Coach. G.M. Doug Wilson did state that the list
of applicants is well over forty and some of the candidates won't become
officially available until after the season comes to its logical conclusion.
Names such as Pat Burns, Kevin Dineen, Joel Quenneville and Mike
Haviland have all surfaced in columns across the hockey world. Quenneville was
actually sighted on a flight to the Bay Area. I wouldn't make much of the
sighting as I am certain DW is going to be interviewing several prospects for
the head job before all is said and done. The latest rumor (via the keyboard of
the San Jose Mercury News' Mark Purdy is that of Dineen.
coached the AHL's Portland Pirates to the Eastern Conference Final of the
Calder Cup before losing in 7 games to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Dineen has the reputation as a nose to the grindstone
kind of coach who is a true student of the game. Dineen is a member of a rather
famous NHL family - he had a successful NHL career and he has been successful
at the AHL level. It is a matter of time before he garners an NHL job. Will
that first opportunity be with the Sharks? Call DW and ask him cuz I'd like to
know also! ***
For those of you that may have missed it Stanley Cup
Finals ratings are way up on Versus. In fact the Wings 4-0 win in game number
two pulled a 1.8 national rating - that means over 2.3 million viewers in the
US. The game was the highest ever for a Versus NHL telecast and also the
highest rated championship round game in six years.
Throw those great
numbers in with the fact that the Sharks numbers were up this year and we have
a few pieces of proof that people are taking a bit more of an interest in the
world's greatest game!
A few brief observations regarding
the 'State of the Sharks' event which was held a week ago: Sharks President and
CEO Greg Jamison was actually entertaining and opened with a nice comedic bit
regarding his 'canned' answers per a morning column by Mark Purdy. Hey Purdy
got two mentions in this column!!
There were also several repetitive
questions and some that actually made several folks squirm in their seats
trying to figure out what the heck some people were talking about! But I
digress! At least someone did ask Jamison as to whether or not the Sharks will
have a black jersey next season!! Yes! This was an important question. Oh yeah
for those of you that care Jamison did answer short of yes but inferred that
there was a pretty good possibility that the third jersey will be of the black
Anyway, in closing I will make you aware that I
will be putting some columns onto The Feeder in the off-season with any bits of
Sharks or NHL news that I find may be worth your while. Many may come from
sources north of the border but we shall try to keep you abreast of all that is
hockey - even in the depressing off-season!
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