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San Jose Sharks: Sinking Or Sunk?

San Jose SharksMost of you have likely seen the original interview and if not you’ve probably seen it’s reincarnation as a beer commercial. After his team did everything wrong to lose a game, when asked Jim Mora responded “Playoffs?! You kiddin’ me?! Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.” You could replace Jim Mora with Todd McLellan and today that response would be 100% appropriate. It’s so bad that my friends, who are fans of other teams, have dropped their usual banter and asked with great concern about the state of the Sharks. Apparently it’s not funny anymore - to anyone.

The problem looks systemic - goaltending, defense and scoring have all collapsed. There are only 10 games left. If the Sharks want to have any momentum going into the playoffs it had to have started against the Edmonton Oilers. Luckily they’re only one point back in the Pacific and West leads, but it’s no longer about points and positioning. The situation looked bad 3 games ago and with 3 failed tries at ‘turning it around’ it’s pretty easy to see that the Sharks still lack the ability to get the job done when things are on the line. There’s no way you can tell me that the boys didn’t see the Phoenix Coyotes coming and that being the top seed in the Western Conference isn’t important. At this point in the regular season those are the most valuable assets available and if they can’t find a way to win those things in the regular season how can we expect them to defend home ice (if we still have home ice) in the playoffs?

Do you think the Sharks would be better served by turning it around right now or being humbled by limping into the playoffs in 4th, 5th or 6th place?

If I hear Joe Thornton say “we’ll be all right” one more time…..

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3 comments for “San Jose Sharks: Sinking Or Sunk?”

  1. Well I am of the opinion that the Sharks will not win a cup with Nabokov as their #1 goalie. Hiller outplyed him badly last year and was the only reason why the Ducks advanced. I wrote and article on the subject a couple of days ago.
    Walt AKA All Sports on the Web

    Posted by Walt WebbNo Gravatar | March 22, 2010, 9:12 pm
  2. I want to have hope and optimism, and I will continue to follow them, but I have a feeling of dread that they are sunk. And, I think that Nabakov (and the rest of the Sharks) are just too streaky to be reliable. When they are on they are unstoppable, but the problem is they do not seem to know how to keep themselves on. They make mistakes (not mis-steps) and then they cannot recover from those mistakes. And why the hell has Boyle been so insistent on handling the puck so much lately. He should not be skating, with the puck, from the blue line to the goal as often as he has been. Once in a while, sure, but not all the time. That’s what forwards are for. Instead, we get a D-man out of position in front of the net, and the forwards (Thornton, Marleau, Heatley, et al) standing around looking confused. Like their namesakes, these Sharks are not moving, and when a shark stops moving it dies. A perfect metaphor for what has been happening with San Jose lately. Who knows, though, maybe they are about to go on a tear and put all us naysayers to shame. I hope they do that, and until they do I will continue to watch and be frustrated.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 23, 2010, 7:09 am
  3. That should have been Nabokov, oops…

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 23, 2010, 7:10 am

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