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San Jose Sharks Underwater In A Bad Way

San Jose SharksIt’s 2010 all over again. The San Jose Sharks currently sit at 26th in a league of 30. They’re ahead of Columbus, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary. With just two point and a 1-3-0 record maybe this wasn’t the year to become a full season ticket holder…

It’s not easy to watch your hockey players run into each other and pass the puck to the other team. The good news is, unfortunately, I’ve seen these guys play like this before so I know this ‘ship can be righted’. It’s just a matter of sooner rather than later.

On the upside I really like the effort of Torrey Mitchell and Tommy Wingels, however their lack of size seems to cancel out their speed and push. I also like consistent effort of Michal Handzus and I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved up a line or two.

And if Handzus did move up a line or two it might be because of the somewhat disappointing play of Ryane Clowe and Logan Couture. Clowe looks like he’s off to another slow start similar to two seasons ago, and really I didn’t expect Couture to come out and repeat his feats from last year. Clowe doesn’t seem to have is physical game and Couture seems to be one second behind.

Can someone answer me this: Is Brent Burns trying too hard or is that just his game? I like that he’s always handling the puck and taking shots – almost like he wants the puck and wants the shot – but is that ‘leadership’ or just ‘trying to impress’? I wish I could watch video of him in Minnesota.

But not to fear as the Sharks are now off on a two week 6-game trip to the east coast. I don’t know what it is but hockey players always talk about how road trips help the team come together. I don’t know if I like the idea that, despite all the skill, stats and physics, the success of a team sometimes comes down to a fraternity-like road trip. But if the team doesn’t win more games than it loses on this trip I’m curious to see just what action General Manager Doug Wilson takes. It was he that said the team would take swifter action than it did last season should the team start to fall behind.

But then again we are behind, is 4 games too soon?

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