Colin and I spent some time thinking about the Sharks’ draft and the free agency period to come…and then yesterday happened (tl;dr version: Canadian teams are dumb). So we talk about how the Pacific keeps getting weaker, how Nashville is now a lot scarier in the Western Conference and what the Sharks’ draft means for the team during our ‘Jumbo WINdow’. Also, we lay out what we would do in Free Agency if we had the keys to the kingdom and what we would definitely not do at all thank you very much. Have a listen and GO SHARKS!
Alex was taken away by parenting duties (not the coke binge speculated on the podcast), but Colin and I finally found time to talk about the disappointing end to the Sharks season (which was, admittedly, the least disappointing end we’ve seen as fans). We talk a little bit about what’s next for the Sharks now that Jumbo is a year older and Marleau is a year deader, both in terms of the team’s RFA’s and UFA’s (who to re-sign, who to trade) and then what happens with all of the young guys and Nords who are flooding into SJ at the AHL and NHL level next year. We also share our favorite memories from the ‘Best Sharks Year Yet’. Go Sharks!
Games 4 and 5 are in the books and a somewhat improbable Game 6 is tonight. Alex and Colin were indisposed (or as the Sharks would say ‘day to day’) so I brought in Tony, a long time listener and first time caller, to talk about the Stanley Cup Final so far and how the Sharks could, theoretically, win games 6 and 7. Like Melker Karlsson in Game 5, Tony stepped up and saved the day.
The San Jose Sharks were dangerously close to being down three games to none in the OT of Game 3, and for the most part hadn’t deserved any better than that. Aside from the play of Martin Jones in goal, the Pens had been the better team for much of the series. But, thanks to some not-so-great play from Matt Murray and the heroics of Joel Ward, we’re going to Game 4 with the Sharks having a shot at evening the series. We talk about how we got here, Alex’s experience attending a Stanley Cup Final at the Shark Tank and what the Sharks might need to do to get a Stanley Cup (play Polak and Dillon less, if you can). Are injuries adding up to poor performance or are the Pens largely the better team? We’ll see Monday night.