Patrick Kane In A San Jose Sharks Sweater?
So far this season it’s been difficult to get a read on just what kind of team the San Jose Sharks are this year. Win some, lose some. Beat good teams, lose to not-so-good teams. Some teams own us, others we own them. I don’t think we’re as skilled of a team as we were last year, but is that because I watch the team all the time or because I have higher expectations and cannot be objective? It’s confusing.
For a reality check I defer to John Buccigross who posted his Top 10 Cup Contenders today. The San Jose Sharks are on the list (I won’t spoil it by telling you where we fell). His assessment is that the loss of Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley has put a dent in our offensive firepower. I suppose that’s a pretty accurate, simple assessment. Our defense is better this year, we just have trouble scoring. So what do we do?
Let’s take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks. Dropping like a rock, they’re in the middle of a 9 game losing streak. On of their problem, according to Barry Melrose (and others on XM’s NHL Home Ice), is goal tending. Chicago needs a goaltender, the Sharks need more offense.
Jeremy Roenick says the Blackhawks could and should consider trading Patrick Kane. What if, just if, the Sharks acquired Patrick Kane in exchange for Antero Niittymaki and one other defensive prospect? Would the Sharks Nation be interested in that kind of deal?
What about Kane’s reputation for drinking too much? Would a change of scenery help? How about if that scenery came with someone you trust? How about Pat Curcio? My sources tell me (I like the fact that I can finally say that!) that Coach Curcio (of the San Francisco Bulls) and Kane (whom he coached) are pretty close. Perhaps having someone trusted - who was there before all the fame - could help provide some well-needed personal perspective.
Hey Coach - can you text Patrick and see what he thinks, maybe we can work something out!