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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Doug Wilson is a...

I've been known to criticize Doug Wilson for his inactivity (and the bullshit line of "Every day is a trade deadline"). Now, I don't know what his phone calls consist of, but surely we the fans (and external pundits like TSN) can't be the only ones who recognize that the Sharks need one defenseman -- preferably a puck moving one --, some grit, and a top line left winger.

So far, a bazillion free agents have signed elsewhere. The Sharks still have two #1 goalies. Curtis Freakin' Brown is back on the team (I will cut Brown some slack though; when he came over two seasons ago, he was meant to be a second line replacement for Marco Sturm -- stupid assumption by Doug Wilson, but after being bought out by the Blackhawks, I don't think anyone will assume Brown is anything more than a fourth line grinder with good PK sensibilities and that's fine).

What the hell are you doing Doug? You can't just sit around and say, "I traded for Joe Thornton" for the rest of your career. There are obvious holes in the organization -- DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Now, the last time I ragged on Wilson this bad, he came out of nowhere with the Thornton deal. Reports say that Wilson is involved in talks for Chris Pronger. Patrick Elias is still available to play left wing. There might still be something brewing for Marty Havlat.

But considering how much every other team has done, it's really really really ridiculously (said with my Zoolander Magnum face) hard to accept this lack of movement so far.


Zanstorm said...

I think the holes will be filled through the trade of Nabokov.

Earl Sleek said...

I don't think you should get particularly dismayed by today's lack of signings.

Similarly, the Ducks were silent on the UFA front, but the theme of today was 'gross overspending', and I'm not sure if Anaheim (or San Jose) needs these sort of commitments. Today was about 'spend big, spend long', and thus guys like Joe frickin' Corvo went 4 years, $2.625 per year.

Frankly, if I had that expensive presence on my blueline, I'd be shitting my pants. Better to be observant than participant in this first day of mayhem, methinks.

One guy who will get rich, based on today's spending: Ruslan Salei. Good luck with that, btw.

Ingmar "W" Bergman said...

You'll love him when he signs a couple of UFA's in a week or two for $1 - $1.5 million a year instead of $3-4 million a year. Wilson & Burke seem to understand that they are alone vs an entire league of stupid monkeys.