We skipped a week, but now we’re back to talk about the last four #sjsharks games. Kind of a down-up-down series of games, but regardless — the Sharks are 7-3-0 in the last ten, better than any other team in the Pacific. Not that that’s saying much, as the Pacific is hot garbage. Lots of games coming up this week, starting tomorrow. So get caught up with the team via this week’s podcast beforehand and Go Sharks!
OK, actually, we don’t talk that much about Demelo (or at all this week — he’s still the mostly-invisible man on the San Jose Sharks defense), but 74 is his jersey number, so don’t @ me. Instead, Colin and Ben talk about a solid 4-win week and again question exactly what the hell this team is doing with it’s alleged youth movement. Labanc is going down to the ‘Cuda, Meier should more or less be in the same boat, but arguably demoting any of these guys is counterproductive. A lot to unpack from a week of #sjsharks action in this podcast. Enjoy and Go Sharks!
The San Jose Sharks are 4-5-0 and it’s arguable whether they’ve been lucky or unlucky, good or bad over the first 9 games of the season. Basically, we have no idea yet what this team is, though we mostly agree it’s not exactly well-coached. Alex, Ben and Colin talk about what this team is and needs to do before the trade deadline to be an actual playoff team. Hey, we hear that Vegas has a guy that might be available and solve some problems.
The time of the young Sharks is upon us! Carpenter, Heed, and Ryan have joined Meier, and Labanc in the NHL line-up and the Sharks have been far better for it. Alex and I talk about the transition across the the last two weeks to this younger line-up and hope for more of the same going forward. Go Sharks!
The regular season is here! No facepunchers are on the roster! Kevin Labanc had 2 goals in the first game! The power play scored! You’d think this would be a recipe for happy Sharks fans. And for the most part, you’d be right — aside from the pesky detail of the final score of game 1. The PK was garbage. Jones was not good.
But it’s one game. So Colin and Ben talk mostly about what you can and can’t learn from a single game at the beginning of the season. There’s a long way to go. Beat LA and Go Sharks!
Preseason is almost at an end and the Sharks have had their share of scary (though apparently minor) injuries and Jumbo still hasn’t skated in a game. That said, some smart people are picking the Sharks to have a pretty good regular season, and not just because the Pacific is a dumpster fire. We talk about that, which guys have seized roster spots, and there’s even a 5-minute interlude about protest at the end — with all due warning — because politics overlapped with the NHL this week (and only partly because Ben is a militant Constitutionalist).
OK, no, we’re not actually going to talk about Desjardins. He was just dirty enough to once upon a time wear the #69 on his sweater and I love him for it. Instead, it’s FINALLY PRESEASON GAME TIME! We talk about the opportunity presented to a small number of former San Jose Barracuda to crack the opening night roster for the Sharks. There’s still a long way to go in the pre-season, but we already see some of the writing on the wall. Or we think we do. Listen and enjoy and GO SHARKS!