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San Jose Sharks Committed To The Cup In 2010

sharksfanThis was my first time attending the State of the Sharks event at the HP Pavilion and I must say it’s pretty nice that they put such an event on for the fans and the community. FC Sharks Fan, who had apparently been to one of these before, warned not to expect any late breaking news from the team and he was right for the most part. There was the reiteration by ownership and management that they’re as disappointed as the fans for our playoff failures and said everything they could to reassure us that they are as dedicated as ever to winning a Stanley Cup. Having said that there were a few interesting nuggets to be had:

First was the late addition of Patrick Marleau. You would think that the team captain would be front and center at such an event, but when all the invites went out his name was mysteriously absent. Then about 4 days before the event a follow up announcement went out stating Marleau would be in attendance. Marleau was there, but he didn’t look, sound or act very much like he wanted to be there. A post mortem on his body language had myself and Son of OT wondering if he already knows what his fate with the team is – and if so it doesn’t look good.

When asked about what went wrong in the series against the Anaheim Ducks, Dan Boyle reiterated what he said after they were eliminated – that their goaltending wasn’t very good, that the defensemen as a group needed to play better and that their forwards had to play better. However when he was repeating what he had said, the crowd burst into an acknowledging cheer when he said “our goaltending wasn’t very good” – seems like, for as much as everyone loves Evgeni Nabokov, there’s a greater consensus about his poor play.

Maybe Nabokov didn’t play as well as he has in the past, but I think a lot of people’s evaluation of his performance (myself included) looks comparatively worse because it’s being compared to Jonas Hiller’s numbers against the Sharks. Compared to Hiller, Nabokov looked horrible, but Hiller’s numbers were padded by having two all star defensemen playing in front of him against a Sharks team that took 30+ shots….from the blue line.

Todd McLellan explained what happened to the team after the All-Star break. When players started getting injured the team went to a more conservative, defensive game. He said if you look at the team’s statistics for the last 2 months of the season their defensive numbers improved while their offensive number dropped. The problem was that when they started bringing players back and tried to switch back to their attacking style of offense, the team didn’t have enough time to get back into synch. He equated it to getting an old band back together again, although they can play all the songs they’re out of tune, and so go the Sharks.

After a few fans had voiced how much the Sharks mean to this community and how what happens to the team affects everyone around it, one fan told Doug Wilson that despite everything, the fans trust him – that even though some of the things he does are uncomfortable he has, so far, always delivered. I agree with that, so far Wilson has made the hard decisions necessary to make this team better, so I’m both excited and scared to see what moves he’s going to make this summer to try, once again, to get this team to finals and bring that shiny thing home.

Oh, and Joe Thornton PROMISED to shoot more next year.

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3 comments for “San Jose Sharks Committed To The Cup In 2010”

  1. Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a pretty nice event for the Sharks organization to do. I will be curious to see what kind of off-season changes the Sharks make.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 15, 2009, 6:31 am
  2. I thought it was also postive that they talked about trying to come back stronger after having failed. All you can do is try to learn from mistakes and do better next time - that’s life. Glad I went to the event. The fans reminded me that you have to stand by your team and I lost a lot of the anger I was feeling. I think they also plan to televise the event on Comcast Monday night.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | May 15, 2009, 1:56 pm
  3. Even though the Pens are in the Eastern Conference Finals and are still fighting for the Cup, I can’t help but get excited thinking about next year as well. I look forward to hearing about all the other teams, their off-season moves, etc. Hockey is so amazing and I definitely look forward to next season.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 15, 2009, 2:22 pm

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