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Sharks Make Deadline Trade

Posted by davefowkes on 03/04/2009

The San Jose Sharks have made a trade before the deadline picking up experience at the wing and on defense. The Sharks make the trade within the division with the Anaheim Ducks acquiring winger Travis Moen (4 goals, 7 assists) and defenseman Kent Huskins (2 goals, 4 assists) in exchange for two prospects.

Sharks acquire Moen and Huskins

This deal is just what I expected from the Sharks. With Jeremy Roenick and Mike Grier both going down with injuries for a significant amount of time, you had to know that the Sharks would bring in some veteran depth. Neither Moen or Huskins would qualify as highlight real players, but they both bring Stanley Cup Championship rings with them and should fit in well in the depth positions for the Sharks. One would think Moen is a lock to slide into the third line in place of Grier.

San Jose has a really good team. They are obviously a Cup contender. There was not way the Sharks would rock the boat with a huge deal. But with youngsters like Lukas Kaspar and Brad Staubitz showing they are not quite ready, this type of trade to add experience and depth was expected and needed!

I also wonder what role Claude Lemieux will have in the stretch run as he has been a scratch two of the last three games.

–UPDATE: Kyle McLaren has reportedly been traded to Philadelphia for a 6th round pick. The veteran defenseman has been trying to earn a trip back to the big leagues by playing in Worcester all season.


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Sharks Vs Stars (Post Game Audio)

Posted by davefowkes on 03/03/2009

llasHere is the raw audio from the post game locker room if you are interested.

Joe Pavelski

Ryan Clowe

Patrick Marleau

Coach Todd McLellan

And some coaches notes courtesy of the Sharks PR staff:

Score: Dallas 4 – San Jose 1 Final

Date: March 3, 2009


“It made a huge impact on our team [to lose Pavelski]. He’s perhaps been our best player over the past few games, a penalty killer, he anchors a power play – when you lose him you have to have people pick up their game a little more, and that didn’t happen tonight.”

“We worked on our defenses and coverage in practice yesterday. Some of the mistakes we made tonight were directly addressed. Either we did a very poor job as coaches addressing them, or we didn’t pick up on some of the cues that we need to. We’ll go back to the drawing board and try a different approach as coaches and make sure they get the message.”

Stars HEAD COACH, Dave Tippett

“Two games in a week we’ve played against that team that we’ve played very well. We didn’t get rewarded for our work in the first game but I thought we got rewarded for it tonight. We created a lot of chances and capitalized on those chances, we defended hard when we had to, and Marty Turco made some great saves when he had to. We competed really, really hard and that’s the way it’s going to have to be if we’re going to be successful. We did that tonight and found a way to win.”

“We needed to get rewarded for some hard work. We’ve played some very good games, over that five-game losing streak. I thought three games we had a real good chance to win, a couple of them we didn’t play very well, but we needed something to give us that jolt of energy that our work would be compensated, and the win is a good compensation for that.”

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Sharks Vs Stars – Live Blog From The Tank

Posted by davefowkes on 03/03/2009

The Sharks return home from a 4 game road trip to play the Dallas Stars tonight. The Sharks went 2-2 on the road trip including a 1-0 win in Dallas to open the trip. The Sharks enter the night tied with Boston for the NHL lead in points and three points better than Detroit. But the Sharks have injury issue. Mike Grier (knee) and Jeremy Roenick (shoulder) are out indefinitely. Brian Boucher will make his third start in a row for Evgeni Nabokov who is out recovering from the flu (or so it is being reported). Claude Lemieux joins them on the bench as a healthy scratch.The last time the Sharks were home between those long road trips, they swept the three game homestand.

Dallas has really struggled. They are coming off a 1-5 homestand. It is the first time they have lost five straight home games since 1978. With 65 points the Stars are now in 11th place in the western conference but that is only 2 points less than 7th place. It is shapping up to be a wild stretch run for those final playoffs spots in the west.

As they experiments continue, I will be back in this blog space with constant updates through the game. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments if you are watching at home:

First Period:

14:40: Welcome back to the big leagues Brad Staubitz! An eventful start for the rookie just called up as an injury replacement. On his first shift with the 4th line, Staubitz drew a holding penalty. Sharks did a nice job killing the penalty giving up two shots. Stars had a couple of nice looks but could not find the net. After the penalty was over Staubitz came out and got in a fight with Krystofer Barch. We gave Staubitz the win but not by much.

13:25: Stars strike first. James Neal had an open net on a rebound from a shot from Brian Sutherby. Boucher did a great job trying to stop it but the defensive breakdown in front of him left too many Stars to cover it all. Stars are up 1-0. It is the 4th straight game the Sharks have allowed the first goal to their opponent.

10:53: That is the way you respond! The Stars take a penalty, the Sharks cash in! Just when we were complaining about how the Sharks would not take a shot, they put together a great play. A nice pass from Setoguchi to Ehrhoff on the side who took the shot that Thornton deflected right in front of the net. Tough to tell whether Ehrhoff was actually shooting or passing to Thornton. Very timely though. Stars game to play. They are out shooting the Sharks 8-3.

5:27: It is getting ugly for the Sharks now. They would really be a much better team if they did not take all these penalties. 4-minute penalties to each side and now Plihal goes to the box for holding. Another kill for the Sharks now.

8: WOW! The rivalry is heating up. Joe Pavelski has just been tossed with a 5-minute “attempt to injure” penalty and a game misconduct.  Daryl Sydor got a two minute penalty so in the second period the Stars will have a 3-minute power play. Pavelski has been in the midst of a few scrums and has really turned up the heat on this game.

End of 1st: The Stars are clearly the desperate team. The Sharks looked good in the first shift of the game. Since then it has been just about all Dallas except for the tying goal. The Stars have more jump and have been more aggressive causing the Sharks to skate on their heels and take penalties. It is clear the team that has lost 5 straight is playing for their playoff lives and the Sharks well, they already have their playoff reservations. The Stars are out shooting San Jose 13-5 and the last two shots for the Sharks came in the final couple of minutes. They’ll need better effort and a few more shots in the next two periods.

2nd Period:

We are still trying to figure out what Pavelski did to get tossed. It looked like the every day punching that always goes on. It should have been a 2-minute roughing or maybe a double minor on the roughing. The game misconduct is a bad call unless something happened that we did not see.

Sharks had a great opportunity when Marleau redirected a shot through is legs, but Turco made a diving stop!

17:33: From bad to worse. Already down a man for three minutes, Rob Blake takes a cross check. This is 5-3 for two full minutes. Huge time in this game!

13:55: Killing a 5-3 for a full two minutes is tough. It looked good for a bit and the crowd was into it, but that was a great pass from Ribeiro to Mike Modano who was dead on with the one-timer. All you can do is tip your cap to them on that play.  Still, only being down 2-1 at this point the Sharks should feel lucky. And just like that the Stars take a penalty. Hopefully the Sharks can get this one back. And maybe THEY CAN STAY OUT OF THE BOX!!!!

5:41: Sharks are still lucky to be down only one. They are taking stupid penalties and basically just not playing well. Give the Stars credit for not fighting back at some of the Sharks who are sniping at them. The referees though appear to be calling this pretty one sided against the Sharks. Some of these calls may be by the book, but calls that only get made once a month or so. The call on Shelly? Very questionable. That said, the last couple of minutes the Sharks have been throwing their bodies around legally! So maybe the wake up call has finally been heard?

End of two: Shots were 9-9 that period. A nice comeback in energy for the Sharks the final 7 minutes or so of that period. They are picking it up a bit. That said, the first half of the period was so lopsided, I am still saying San Jose is lucky to be down just one goal. Without Pavelski, Todd McLellan has Thornton center between Ryan Clowe and Milan Michalek and Marleau centering between Jonathan Cheechoo and Setoguchi. The Sharks are on the power play for the first 36 seconds of the 3rd period. A goal would of course be great, but just keeping up the effort and energy and staying out of the penalty box should be enough for them to climb back into this.

The Red Wings beat the Blues 5-0 cutting the Sharks lead in the Western Conference to just one point at the moment.

Third Period:

13:28: That should do it. Sharks looked good the first minute and a half of this period but then went flat. The game as a whole went a bit flat. But then Dallas turned up the heat in the offensive zone and used tremendous pressure to create a backhanded shot for Brian Sutherby for the 3-1 lead. Man things got quiet in here! Normally I would say the Sharks can score two goals in 13 minutes, but I have not seen anything tonight to make me think this is the game they can do it.

10:45: Sharks are unraveling? Setoguchi turns it over, nice pass from Modano, great shot by Neal! 4-1. Sharks go on the power play but this one definitely feels over to me!

END OF GAME: That was clearly not the Sharks best effort. Very disappointing to have them come back from the road trip and play like this. Give the Stars credit, they are a desperate team and they played like it. The Sharks will need that type of effort in the playoffs. We may see some more games like this in the next couple of weeks. The Sharks need to get back to shooting the puck more and staying out of the penalty box. The cheap penalties are just killing them and the momentum. 4-1 final. Worst home loss of the year. (not that there have been many)

At some point tonight I will post the audio from the locker room for anyone interested in raw audio.

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Sharks Without Grier, Roenick at least a month

Posted by davefowkes on 03/03/2009

Big news from Sharks camp today. Mike Grier and Jeremy Roenick are out 4-6 weeks with undisclosed injuries. Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar have been called up to take their roster spots and could skate tonight when the Sharks host the Dallas Stars. There are reports that Mike Grier had his knee scoped, and that Roenick mike be struggling with another shoulder injury. And all this comes one day before the NHL trade deadline! Let the fun begin!

The other news before tonight’s game, David Pollack of the Mercury is reporting Brian Boucher will start his third straight game in goal as Evgeni Nabokov will continue to sit recovering from what “ails him.” It was reported the Nabokov missed Saturday’s game in Montreal because of the flu bug.

So what does all this mean? The Sharks were hoping to get some healthy time together heading toward the playoffs. Instead, that great depth San Jose had has not been severely compromised. 24-hours ago I would have been surprised if the Sharks made any trade deadline deals. But now, if Grier and Roenick are both out until the playoffs, I am thinking the Sharks will bring in someone else. With all due respect to Staubitz and Kaspar, they have not showed much this year in their limited opportunities and appear to be 1-2 years away from being true contributors.

It is hardly desperation time for the Sharks who are tied with Boston for the NHL lead in points, three points better than Detroit, but watching the injuries mount up now is not good.

It will be interesting to see how the club reacts tonight as they return from a 2-2 road trip that saw them open up with a 1-0 win in Dallas. The stars have been struggling and you know will be bringing their all tonight.

But it will be more interesting to see what GM Doug Wilson does in the next 24 hours before that trade deadline arrives!

UPDATED 2:25pm: GM Doug Wilson says both players are expected back for the playoffs so therefore these injuries will not effect his trade deadline philosophy. David Pollack of the Mercury News has posted more on what the injuries are and Wilson’s comments. If both are due back for the playoffs I agree there will be no huge trade but I still think we see the Sharks make one trade to help bolster the roster for the next month. It may not be a block buster deal but I expect somebody new in the lineup by the end of the week!

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Sharks Stumble In Hockeytown

Posted by davefowkes on 02/25/2009

That was not quite how we drew it up on this road trip. Lose to Dallas or Ottawa maybe, but Sharks fans wanted that win in Detroit! It was not meant to be. The Sharks did not bring their A game and Detroit played very well across the board letting them defend their home ice with a 4-1 win over the Sharks. The home team in this series goes undefeated in four games this year!

The story for San Jose really were penalties. The Sharks excel when they play on the power play. But instead, they had 9 penalties and spent too much time in the box. Detroit had 8 penalties but for the Sharks they just could not get it going.

Tonight Detroit was just the better team across the board. Better on offense, defense and Conklin out played Nabokov tonight. The better team won the game! It started early when Clearly smashed Thornton into the glass. Thornton would spend a few shifts in the locker room before returning late in the first period. But that one hit, illegal as it was, set the tone for the Red Wings. The Sharks tried to play physical but in the end the Wings just forced them into taking penalties.

It is not to say the Sharks played badly, they did out shoot Detroit 35-33, but tonight Detroit was just the better team on the ice. No excuses, just reality.

The Wings cut the Sharks lead in the Western Conference to 3 points tonight. It seems clear to me that what is best for the NHL is a sharks/Wings rematch in the Conference Finals because I still believe these two teams that faced off tonight are the best in the NHL. It will be a great playoff series if it happens!

Until then, we shake our head in disappointment and move on to Ottawa tomorrow. It is just another regular season game as we set our sights toward the playoffs! Hopefully the Sharks recover with a win tomorrow. Given the home ice advantage in this series, the real fight down the stretch run will be to keep the number one seed! The loss tonight drops the Sharks to 4-26-1-2 all time in the regular season at Joe Louis Arena!

Home ice in the playoffs would seem to be important!

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Big Game For Sharks

Posted by davefowkes on 02/25/2009

Okay, so maybe it is not that big a game. The Sharks have the most points in the NHL. Detroit is second in the west 5 points behind them. But as they face off in Joe Louis Arena tonight, for Sharks fans this is a big game! Why? Because it is Detroit!

This rivalry was first forged when the upstart Sharks upset to top dog Wings in the Sharks first ever trip to the playoffs. Since then, Detroit has always been top notch and therefore a benchmark team. Now it is the Sharks on top of the world looking down at Detroit. Sure both teams are playoff bound. Sure there is a real good chance they will face each other in the playoffs with much more at stake. But for now, this is just a classic show down of the two best teams in the NHL! For regular season hockey it does not get much better!

The home team is 3-0 in this series to date. The first two games were blowouts, but that third game in San Jose in Mid-January that the Sharks won 6-5 was regular season magic! (Of course I missed that game due to other commitments and am still kicking myself!) So tonight it comes down to this, does Detroit hold serve? Or do the Sharks show the Wings they can beat them at home and away, potentially a huge mental lift for a potential playoff matchup?

With the Sharks on a 4-game, 6-day road trip you can be sure all their energy will be focused on this game tonight. Sure, both sides will say “it is just another game” but we all know that it is not. This is San Jose vs Detroit! This is the two best teams in the NHL! This should be a great game! I know I can’t wait to watch!

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Sharks Hit The Road

Posted by davefowkes on 02/23/2009

This should be a fun road trip for the Sharks this week. Four games in six nights against very legitimate talent. It all starts tonight in Dallas. Then it is the big showdown in Detroit on Wednesday. Then they wrap things up with a trip to Canada for Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday.

This would be a grueling trip for most teams but for the Sharks, we hold them to a whole new standard. For years we would look at this trip as a make or break for San Jose. Can they win a game or two? Now, based on the first half plus of the season we expect the Sharks to win every game home or away.

Let’s look at the last “brutal” road trip. I would argue the Sharks did not play very well. Evgeni Nabokov certainly was not right the last couple of games. The goals against on the team was certainly up. But despite the negatives, the Sharks ended up 1-1-3. They got half of the possible points available to them. They had a huge win in Boston, thrashing the team in the NHL with the most points. Maybe the results were not what we hoped but it is not like it was horrible. In past years that would have been a very good road trip, but this year? eh!

The Sharks are playing now on a whole new level compared to anything Sharks fans have ever known. And it is a lot of fun. Will we be disappointed if they come back from this trip 1-1-2? Probably. But isn’t that a likely outcome based on the destinations, travel and short duration of the trip?

But this is the best team in the West, and we expect our Sharks to do better. Even on the road we want to see the Sharks pull the big win against arch-rival Detroit and maybe pull off a 3-1. What is scary is that the Sharks are a good enough team to pull it off! Which is why if they do come home 1-1-2 again, we will be disappointed!

It has been a great regular season in San Jose so far! Let’s hope that leads to greatness in the playoffs!!!

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Sharks 3-1 Win Over Thrashers (Sounds)

Posted by davefowkes on 02/21/2009

Big win for San Jose. You don’t want to lose to the Thrashers before heading out on the next big road trip. They go 3-0 on the homestand and take care of business. Below, hopefully, if this works, you will have links to the post game interviews from the game. Jeremy Roenick, Evgeni Nabokov, Jody Shelley and Coach Todd McLellan.  This is just raw audio so there is nothing flashy.  Enjoy

(If anyone listens to this I would be interested in feedback on the media player on this blog. Sound okay? Quick buffering time? Any issues playing the sound?)

Jeremy Roenick on Thrashers Game

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Nabokov on Thrasher game

Coach on Thrasher Game



Ø Devin Setoguchi played in his 100th NHL game. He has scored 68 points (35-33=68) in 100 career games.

Ø Joe Pavelski set a career-high six-game point streak with an assist on Ryane Clowe’s 21st goal of the season.

Ø Jeremy Roenick tallied his 700th career assist on a power play goal by Jonathan Cheechoo.

Ø Joe Thornton continued a five-game point streak (2-8=10) with his 15th goal of the season.

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