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!
No, we don’t know when Jumbo will be back. But we do know he’ll probably rush back. With Jumbo’s injury, though, the Sharks are in an interesting conundrum. Will they make a panic trade to try to buoy the team while Thornton is out? Or will the young guys step up and keep the team’s head above water? Alex, Ben and Colin discuss this and more in this week’s podcast.
OK, sure, Matt Nieto only returned to haunt the #sjsharks in one of the five games we covered in this podcast. But still, if I have to live with Mikkel Boedker being on this team, then I get to complain about how Nieto has 4 more points than that dude on the year. Anyway, Ben, Colin and Alex talk about that, the alleged injury to Martin Jones that has caused the team to recall Troy Grosenick, Paul Martin’s waiver adventure and more!
Not a great week for our heroes in teal. Blown out in Dallas at the beginning of the trip, a good win against a bad team for some redemption and then two overtime losses (one in the shootout). So we were a bit salty. Game discussion alongside more talk about Dell’s trade value in this week’s podcast.
Only two games this week, so we dove into some other topics alongside the game analysis (so-called) you’ve come to expect from Ben and Alex.
Has Timo Meier been one of the top 3 Sharks for the last few weeks?
Is Tomas Hertl better than Logan Couture, right now (injuries aside)?
Is Peter DeBoer, as Kevin Kurz might suggest, above reproach for coaching this team into a solid playoff spot so far?
Why did the Sharks sign a couple of junior players before the trade deadline?
All this and more this week.