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The Dry Season Musings Around The San Jose Sharks

San Jose SharksMy friend E-Man calls it ‘The Dry Season’, that time of year where we are devoid of contact sports - specifically no football, no hockey. Sure there is the draft and free agency, but those are things that are completely out of our control. At least during the season you feel like you get to participate. Here now begins that time where we make stuff up we dig deep for hockey nuggets.

Trade Rumors

FC Sharks Fan, who by the way is turning into our Sharks beat reporter - scouring those dark, damp corners of the internet for news, is reporting that the Sharks might be close to securing a defenseman:

“The latest word is that Florida defenseman Keith Ballard is on the block and could be headed out to the Western Conference. (from SI)

Western Conf? It’s going to be the Sharks and we will trade Torrey Mitchell to get the deal done.”

I like Torrey Mitchell but he hasn’t been the same since the injuries. It might just be a matter of him being away from the game while recovering than any physical limitation, but if anything we’ve upgraded our offense in his absence and can afford to part ways if it means getting better on defense.

He’s Back

Dustin Byfuglien  of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 in Game Five of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dustin Byfuglien didn’t know he’d soon be in
purgatory with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The home opener is Saturday, October 16th and once again we’re organizing our group outing the welcome the boys back for another year. And once again the scheduling gods have given the Sharks a (hopefully) beatable opponent to make the day a joyous one - however there’s one problem. The gods gave the Sharks the Atlanta Thrashers (yay), but the Thrashers just acquired 3 former Chicago Blackhawks including - wait for it - Dustin Byfuglien (boo). Because I’m that kind of guy, I’m hoping for some serious payback…

Saturday Night Fever

The Sharks will play more home games on Saturday (15) than any other day of the week. I like that - gives me more chances to do the uncle thing and take my nephew to the game (no hockey on school nights). After that it seems like the pattern will be mostly Tuesdays (8) and Thursdays (9) - keep those calendars open.

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One comment for “The Dry Season Musings Around The San Jose Sharks”

  1. I missed the boat on the Ballard trade. I hear Western Conference, and I automatically assume the Sharks. He is a good defenseman and would have been a good fit for the Sharks. Ballard and right wing prospect Victor Oreskovich went from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Steve Bernier (ex-Shark), Michael Grabner, and Vancouver’s 2010 first round draft pick. I think we could have swung the trade if we included out first round pick, but I’m glad we didn’t. We need to develop our minor league and we can’t keep trading our first round picks.

    I think the Canucks overpaid slightly, but they needed to in order to shore up a defense that will lose Willie Mitchell. Defense still wins Championships.

    Speaking of overpaying: Wallin at $2.5Mil? I too think he is too slow, old and overpaid. A defensive pairing with Wallin and Huskins makes me want to puke.

    Latest rumor has Clowe going to Toronto, straight up for Kaberle. I don’t think this will happen. I like Kaberle, but we do not have another power-forward that could take Clowes place.

    Stay tuned my friends.

    Posted by FC SharksfanNo Gravatar | June 28, 2010, 3:40 pm

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