A week that didn’t begin very promisingly, with the #sjsharks getting shut out by the Capitals, finished on a high note if you’re not accounting for a potentially devastating injury to revitalized Joonas Donskoi. The team’s playing coy with the details on that, by the way. Big shock. Regardless, after scoring zero in the Saturday game, the Sharks went on to put up 16 goals in winning the next three. And only one Rooster Trick in the bunch. All this and more.
Do you hate weeks in which the #sjsharks only have two games? Because we’re right there with you. Regardless, there was some stuff worth talking about, so Ben, Colin and Alex share their thoughts on the win(s), the loss(es), and the tire fire that is the Carolina Hurricanes’ GM situation…just because. We also roast Edmonton, because, duh.
Ok, so we’re calling this podcast the Boedkast, but we don’t actually have that much to say about the sexy Dane. Instead, we have a lot to tackle around the trade deadline (Erik Karlsson rumors and Evander Kane move) and even more around the two wins that came after the former Saber joined the #sjsharks. Tune in and hear it all!
The trade deadline is upon us and the Boston Bruins have wreaked havoc on the costs for underperforming UFAs by sending a boatload of crap to New York for Rick Nash. So if Doug is hoping to pry Evander Kane loose from Buffalo for peanuts, that plan is probably now kaput. Which is fine. Meanwhile, the Sharks had something of an up-and-down week, but that’s better than the couple of weeks that Aaron Dell has had. Alex, Ben and Colin talk about all that and more in this week’s podcast.
In the short term, this was a great week for the #sjsharks. They won 3 of 4 games and kept hold of second in the Pacific. But at the same time, their depth was tested even further when another dirty hit removed Tomas Hertl from the lineup for an indeterminate amount of time. Meanwhile, DeBoer flailed about, first playing Burns at forward and then shortening his bench (potentially wearing down players that can’t really afford to accumulate wear and tear at this point). Which brings us once again to the discussion: what is this season about? What’s left in the cupboard? At least we aren’t Edmonton? All this and more.
Despite technical difficulties, Ben and Alex did pull of a podcast…at least better than Brent Burns pulls off defensive zone play right now. We express our frustrations with the play of the mercurial defensemen, especially as the #sjsharks otherwise solid play would be keeping their heads above water in the Pacific if not for his miscues. DeBoer has one job – to get Burns right before this team falls out of a playoff spot.
With Jumbo out, a team that was already trying (and succeeding, but just barely) to replace Patrick Marleau’s scoring is now faced with replacing a Hall of Famer. This week showed that they can do it, but it requires every player (and we’re looking at you, Burns) to be at their best all the time. When they were, the #sjsharks got points. Otherwise…woof (Pens game). Alex, Ben and Colin talk about all this and moving forward. Also, San Jose gets next year’s ASG!