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San Jose Sharks: Movers And Shakers

San Jose SharksIt has been way too long since I’ve last written anything. Being a part-time blogger means that my paying gig – also known as ‘My Job’ – has a direct effect on my ability to post. Lately it has eaten up so much of my extra time that writing on a regular basis was pretty much impossible.

Since we last spoke the San Jose Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Vancouver Canucks. I won’t go into detail about everything that has transpired since then, however I will re-state that I sit in the camp where I want the team that beats MY team to lose – I want their fans to feel more pain than myself. So on that front I’m very happy about the Boston Bruins Game 7 victory, however to all my Boston/New England friends – enough with the titles already…

More recently the Sharks have made significant personnel changes, the most ‘drastic’ we’ve seen in a few years. Trading Devin Setoguchi is a tough one but I’ve always thought that the team wasn’t completely sold on him. Since the team only signed him to a one year deal before the start of last season, whilst inking multi-year deals for Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau, I felt like the team was sending him a message. Setoguchi’s body language during interviews gave me the impression that he was more about himself than the team and/or the fans. It’s all a moot point now since he’s now a Minnesota Wild. All I can say is that we’re fortunate that we have enough talent on the team to be able to trade an skilled player like Setoguchi and (hopefully) not take too much of a hit on offense.

And once again referring to my uneducated hockey instinct I always felt that, when being interviewed during our last playoff run, whenever Joe Thornton said that there were ‘guys who can step up and do more’ I thought one of the guys he was talking about was Dany Heatley. I’m actually not sad to see him go. Often injured and sucking down huge cap money I never thought we’d get him off our books. Well, somehow Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson managed to pull it off and relieve our books of that burden.

Speaking of burden, I think Martin Havlat must have become a burden to Minnesota because I don’t see how an even trade of Heatley for Havlat makes any sense for Minnesota unless Havlat wanted out.

With the signing of Brent Burns and Jim Vandermeer we have acquired a second defensive pairing to that of Dan Boyle and Douglas Murray. Throw in our third line of Jason Demers and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and we can actually roll defensive lines just as easily as our offensive lines. And with Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki in goal I like what I’m seeing on defense.

After reaching the Western Conference Finals two seasons in a row the objective opinion would be that it’s going to be tough for the Sharks to get there for a third season in a row. Having acquired full season tickets for the upcoming season, with the explicit intent being access to inexpensive playoff tickets, it’s imperative that the Sharks go deep into April, May and (hopefully) June for this investment to pay off for me. I wasn’t so sure about the prospects, but after seeing the moves Wilson has made I have renewed hope that the team will once again make a deep push into the playoffs, after all we still haven’t really won but half the games it takes to win the Stanley Cup despite being in the conference finals two seasons in a row.

Two and a half months until the pre-season starts!

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