San Jose Sharks Making National Headlines
Just how bad is the situation with the San Jose Sharks? I listen to NHL Home Ice on XM Radio which is ‘pseudo’ national, meaning a lot of the programming comes out of the East Coast, Canada and from the NHL Network itself. Generally speaking - despite the ongoing argument - the coverage always seems to have an East Coast slant. And even when the Sharks have been doing really well, like over the past few seasons, rarely have the Sharks been as newsworthy as your Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wing types.
So when the Sharks do make the ‘national’ news it stands out to me as being news worth in and of itself. Well the prognosis is not good. ESPN.com has a small piece on which ‘good’ West team is going to miss the playoffs. The prediction is that the Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings, either one or all, will miss the playoffs.
In order for the Sharks to make any kind of honorable mention on a forum like that is if they do something exceptional. In this case the apparently are doing something exceptionally bad.
We figured the Blackhawks would have a significant fall off given the shedding of talent required by them to manage the salary cap. And the Kings were predicted to be good but were not really ‘game tested’. But the Sharks, comparing what we lost (Rob Blake, Manny Malholtra, Evgeni Nabokov) to what we gained (Antti Niemi, Antero Niittymaki, The Rise of Logan Couture) we should absolutely not be sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference. The only good news, and I seriously mean ‘only’, is that the parity in the West is so great that we’re still just a few points out of a playoff spot.
But even if we were in the playoffs, would you give this team a chance in heck to get past the Vancouver Canucks or the Detroit Red Wings? Forget them, how about the Dallas Stars or Nashville Predators?
Does anyone out there have any reasonable explanation for what has happened to this team? It really baffles me, and I hate it when I don’t understand something.