Friday, August 12, 2005

The lull before the... um... bigger lull

Not much going on in the NHL the past few days. A couple of big signings- Eric Lindros to the Leafs and Joe Thornton resigned with the Bruins for 3 years. The Sharks? The only news in the past week really is that they resigned Tom Preissing and Wayne Primeau for two years each. Not exactly a blockbuster. I'd bet 90% or more of hardcore hockey fans couldn't identify either player if they ran into them on the street, and they were wearing shirts that said "Hi, My Name is Tom Preissing/Wayne Primeau".

So what do we do now? Wait for training camp I guess.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Sharks Preseason Schedule Released

  1. 9/18 - Los Angeles at San Jose, 5 p.m.
  2. 9/21 - San Jose at Anaheim, 7:30 p.m.
  3. 9/23 - San Jose at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
  4. 9/25 - Anaheim at San Jose, 5 p.m.
  5. 9/27 - San Jose at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
  6. 9/28 - San Jose at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
  7. 9/30 - Phoenix at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.

All times PDT. That's 40 days, 1 hour, 20 minutes and counting...

Friday, August 05, 2005

Yes, I am that desperate

I'm so desperate for Sharks and NHL news that I've taken to combing ESPN and Hockey News articles looking for any mention of the Sharks. Please tell me Doug Wilson is actually trying to earn his paycheck! Latest news? Paul Kariya is talking to the Oilers, but the Sharks are talking to him too. The article says Kariya is in touch with the Kings as well. I think the Oilers and Kings should be disqualified because they've already signed so many free agents. If that makes me sound like I'm bitter, it's because I am.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Let's talk about a certain player, call him Player N. Player N is a big time NHL player, with several Stanley Cup wins. He is being courted by many teams around the NHL, including his current team. The Sharks, having made no moves at all in free agency, are in the sweepstakes. However, the Sharks, for no reason I can fathom, have apparently not pursued any other free agents in the market. The Sharks watch them being picked up one by one. Holik, Amonte, McCarty, Gonchar, Hatcher, Rathje. The Sharks still wait. Aucoin, Demitra, Leetch, Modano are gone. The Sharks don't make a peep. They want Player N. The problem? Player N wants to play with his friggin brother. This is not exactly breaking news. It was a big story two years ago when the Devils met the Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals.

Now the Sharks really look foolish. At the beginning of this free agent flurry (not Fleury), the Sharks didn't do squat, and then they run after a player they have virtually no chance of signing, missing out on a truckload of good players that have been traded or signed by other teams in the West. Now the Ducks are better.Calgary got Darren McCarty and Tony Amonte. The Oilers got Chris Pronger and Michael Peca. Dallas resigned Mike Modano. Vancouver got Markus Naslund back. The Kings signed Pavol Demitra, and now Jeremy Roenick is there too. The Sharks? All they've done is manage to lose one of their big 4 defensemen, Mike Rathje. I guess it could be worse. He could have gotten picked up by the Coyotes.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Later, Rat

Well, the first news involving a Sharks player appeared, and it ain't good. There's a lot of news out there. On the defensement front, it's gotten a bit thinner. Adam Foote, Adrian Aucoin, Sandis Ozolinsh are all off the market. D men left? Neidermeyer and Gonchar are the only two I can name off the top of my head, unless we want to give Marcus Ragnarsson another spin (no thanks). The Sharks better get moving. Demitra just went. Naslund and Forsberg are still out there. Will they sit on what they have, or watch the Kings and Anaheim get better?