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Saturday, December 22, 2007

New NHL Rule: Ducks Allowed to Have 6 Skaters

Or it just seems that way. The Ducks dominated the Sharks tonight. They seemed to be toying with the Sharks dominating the play the entire night. I am sure glad that two hour meeting worked. I look for changes after the holiday freeze is over on the 28th. Observations from tonight's game:

-The Ducks do a good job of interfering with the forechecker on dump-ins. Not enough to get call for a penalty but just enough to give time to the D to move the puck out. Smart move on their part.

-George Parros went to Yale???

-Corey Perry is a pest. And that is a compliment. Every team needs an agitator like him, and unlike other players like him, Perry can actually play and play well. The Sharks could use a player like him. We have not had anyone like that since Ville Nieminen. We need someone to create a skirmish, currently we only have players who react to hits, not give them. We need someone like Adam Foote. Sure he is overpaid and probably near the end of his career, but he is as Barry Melrose likes to say "hard to play against." If not Foote, someone like him.

-It is not good when your most physical and vocal player is 37 year old Jeremy Roenick. That tells you something when Roenick is probably the 2nd best offensive player right now. Where is the secondary scoring?

-Who goes first? Marleau or Ron Wilson? Doug Wilson has some interesting decisions to make in the next few weeks.


Bryce said...

-a good number of fans in attendance are real scumbags.

Seriously, chanting 'Pronger sucks' after an apparent injury?

Even Drew Remenda was appalled.

CKim said...

chanting 'Pronger sucks' after an apparent injury?

Ahh yes, another reason why the Sharks are not my favorite team. But don't think I like Pronger or anything...

George Parros actually went to Princeton. I guess the name isn't as important as the fact that he went to an Ivy League school. And the guy supports Locks of Love!

Kelpfreak said...

Right. Because Sharks fans are the only fans in the NHL who get a little obnoxious when they're frustrated.

Pronger's a big boy. He's heard worse.

Sqb. said...

There are SO many problems. Even losing RWilson AND Marleau wouldn't address them.

For example, passion to win. No matter how badly the Sharks get beaten, no matter how embarrassing, they always say the same things in the paper: "we're trying too hard" and "they're just not going in right now"--it never changes. Fire coach and trade captain--how does this change the fact that the team isn't united?

Poorly constructed D-corps. You've got REALLY young puckmovers, two stay-at-home vets and spare change. Zero mentorship for our puckmovers. I just laugh and laugh to think that Rafalski, Schneider, Smith, other UFA defensemen of the last couple years are on teams STACKED with D. Those GMs know you can't have too much. The Sharks, meanwhile, have cornered themselves--young D wasting away and no way to get a real #1 D w/o trading a roster top-6 forward.

NOW you can get to the Marleau/RW problems...line switching, snakebit, can't motivate, can't adjust systems, etc. etc.

Cheechew said...

I never understood why Sharks fans boo Pronger. I don't like the guy but he is awesome and one of the 3 best Dmen in the league.

Kirsten said...

Booing Pronger is always fun.

I think Ron Wilson is on his way out the door. The part about the GM having a closed doors meeting with the players without the coach there tells me this.