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Bits and Pieces
A Few Factoids (and comments) About the Sharks at Year's End
12/27/11 - By Paul Krill -

* Three months into the season and we still have no idea if this team can win the Stanley Cup or not. Inconsistency has been the team's hallmark this year.

* Anaheim is 3-0 against the Sharks and 7-25 (counting OT and shootout losses) against every other team.

* Joe Thornton's giveaway in the December 26 Anaheim game leading to Bobby Ryan's walk-in goal looked like something out of a Shark fan's horror movie.

* The drafting of Logan Couture in the first round in 2007 almost makes up for the Sharks' passing on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Zach Parise to take Steve Bernier in 2005. (Bernier is now in the New Jersey Devils' minor league system.) Before I move on, here's one other player the Sharks passed on in that 2005 draft: Brent Burns.

* The Sharks' biggest steal of the draft remains Joe Pavelski, picked at the 205th spot in 2003. Coming in second: Ryane Clowe, taken 175th overall in 2001.

* Milan Michalek, traded for Dany Heatley who was then traded for Martin Havlat, has 19 goals this season. Havlat has two. Yikes.

* How could it have taken Dan Boyle 25 games or so to figure out his stick was the wrong length?

* With players such as Thornton, Boyle and Patrick Marleau getting older, I'm concerned about how many more runs at the Stanley Cup that this particular squad can make before it's time for a rebuild.

* The NHL's proposed realignment would have every team visiting every city every year. This is something I've wanted for years. The NBA has done it this way but the NHL has acted like it's some sort of mission impossible.

* I always think of how nice it would be for the Sharks to run up a quick 5-0 lead so we can relax the rest of the way. We got exactly that in the December 21 game against Tampa Bay.

* This talk about a new arena in Frisco has me very antsy. Chance are roughly 100 percent that if this arena is built, its developers will want to lure an NHL team as a co-tenant, in addition to luring the NBA's Warriors. Want to take a wild guess about the first place they will look for an NHL team?

* My fingers are crossed that the Oakland A's can come to San Jose and the Giants will no longer be able to impose their will on the people of San Jose by keeping the A's out. The Sharks and A's playing on the same block in downtown San Jose? Am I dreaming?

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