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  1. Evander Kane has provided an impact to the Sharks top line since being acquired at the trade deadline. In 8 games thus far on the top line with Joe Pavelski he has posted 5 goals and 10 points including the 4 goal game night against the Flames. The hattrick is the first of his career which imo is a surprise. Kane gives the top line much-needed speed in transition. Along with the offensive production, Kane leads the team in hits since he arrived something the Pavelski line was missing. Giving up conditional first and fourth round picks in 2019 for Evander Kane seem to be just what the Sharks needed as this team is preparing for the playoffs. The first draft pick is conditional to the Sharks signing Kane and that just might be the right decision moving forward.
  2. Wow. Burns is currently 31 years old and the Sharks resigned him today with an 8 year contract worth $8M per year. I'll assume it is front loaded, but wow.
  3. Welcome to Chompboard blog! For those who do not know, Chompboard was once the biggest Sharks forum on the internet. Sadly, for reasons unknown, it shut down a few years back. It was a forum I frequented quite a bit. I named this blog in it's memory, and as an invite to former Chompboard members to join us on this great forum Yes, that is an old picture of Nabokov, but it remains my favorite Picture with the Shark jaws of all time. Seems appropriate. Game 3 is upon us tonight, and the Sharks thus far have looked amazing. A deeper, faster SJ team than any we have previously seen. Indeed, all 12 shark forwards have at least 2 points. To recap game 1, the Sharks looked dominant for the first 2 periods and took their foot off the gas in the third, winning by 6-3. Game 2 saw more shark control in the first, yet we were down 2-0. Then blazed ahead for 7 straight goals, winning 7-2. Last year, the Sharks scored 10 goals total in 7 games against Quick. It is quite eye opening to see scores like that. With a combined 214 hits in the first two games, it has been a physical but clean series. Outside of a few incidents like Richards spearing Couture. Game 3 is the first of the series in LA, where Sutter will control the matchups. Thus far, the hardest hitting series in the playoffs. This will be a real test for San Jose, as in home games they have been able to surgically dismantle Quick an the more gariatric Kings defenders with speed and east/west plays. I have been calling for the removal of Sheppard from the lineup and inserting Havlat, but as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sheppard made some questionable 3rd period decisions in game 1(In fact, he was on the ice for every kings goal) and he is below average defensively. But at least he can play physically and along the boards. Havlat is equally below average in his own end, and avoids physical contact like the plague(With good reason. We call him Mr. Glass), but he is able to bring an offensive upside beyond Sheppard and can execute those types of transition passes that ruin the LA defense. How Tmac will approach game 3, who can say. Sheppard and Brown will be the two Sutter is trying to get Kopitar's line out against. Brown has earned his spot in both games. The bigger question is, will Tmac move Pavelski to 3c? Currently on Thornton's wing with Burns at RW, that line has been great. As has the 2nd line of Marleau/Couture/Nieto. Nieto's speed with Marleau has been a joy to watch. Couture is Couture. Below average skating, but with incredible hockey sense and awareness. The line has gelled so well that breaking it up would be ridiculous. The 4th line has been better than I ever Imagined. Torres could be a 2nd line winger on many teams. If he keeps playing the edge, but not jumping over it(See Cooke last night) it could be the best 4th line in the NHL. Desjardins has been great and Brown has been, well, sending guys bowling into Quick. The defensive pairings are locked, mostly due to effectiveness. Demers needs Vlasic, and they just work. Vlasic has jumped into the play offensive more than in the past as well. hope to see this become a trend. Stuart/Braun......well, Braun would jump into the play more if he trusted Stuart, but Braun has become our 2nd best shutdown guy as well. Then the old guard pairing of Hannan/Boyle, which has given me fits defensively due to Boyle slowing reaction time, but has been okay. All in all, I look forward to game 3 at the staples center. This team has come together and gelled at just the right time. GO SHARKS GO!
  4. [Hidden Content] I'd say the Canucks too.
  5. With their shootout victory over the Canuckleheads on Tuesday night, the beloved Blackhawks tied the record for the most successful start in NHL history (earning at least a point in their first 16 games of the season). They surpassed the 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens, who started the season 11-0-3, the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, who started 12-0-3, and have tied the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks who started 12-0-4. What do all of these teams have in common? Well, as I stated before, they all won the Stanley Cup the year they posted that record. Could the Mighty Blackhawks follow suit? We shall see. The Hawks however currently own the best record to start a season at 13-0-3. Tonight, the Sharks come to the Madhouse on Madison for the last regular season matchup between the two teams expected to contend for the Western Conference Crown. The Sharks ended an 0-4-3 skid with a 2-1 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday. Both of the teams meetings this season have been testy affairs and if you recall in the last matchup, Captain Serious engaged in a rare fight with the Shark's Joe Thornton. Both teams comes into tonight's game rested and as you know the Hawks are a bit dinged up. While Big Hoss participated in practice yesterday, he will be a game time decision. If Hoss is out, I expect Stalberg to move up to the first line. The Crow, is again out tonight with what is being rumored as a mild concussion. Seabs will return to the lineup after missing a game due to a, umm, severely bruised nut. The Razor mans the pipes again tonight. Although he gave up a soft goal, against the Canuckleheads, he did settle in and deliver a solid performance for his second shootout win of the season. With a victory on tonight over the Sharks, the Mighty Blackkawks will make NHL history with the most dominant start to a season. Below are the NHL Rankings of the two teams: Sharks 8-4-3 19pts: Goals for: 2.47 (22) Goals against: 2.13 (4) PP%: 18.9 (11) PK%: 87.1 (5) Hawks 13-0-3 29pts: Goals for: 3.31 (2) Goals against : 1.94 (2) PP%: 18.6 (12) PK%: 87.9 (3) (gave up 2 goals to the Canuckleheads Tuesday) Did you know: 1) Is Sharpie out of his scoring slump? We shall see as Sharpie has scored in two consecutive games. 2) Duncan Keith has five points in his last three games. 3) Sharks netminder and former Blackhawk Antti Niemi has given up more than one goal just twice in his last six starts. 4) As many of you probably already know, the Hawks practice at Johnny's Ice House but do you know what is written on the the Blackhawks lockerroom walls at Johnny's? Below are a few of the sayings written on those walls: "To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest." "Don't judge those who try and fail. Judge only those who fail to try." "Success is a journey, not a destination." "If you lose,say little. If you win, say less." "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." "If there is no one in your way, then you're not going anywhere." If the words above don't get you excited for tonight's game, nothing will! Tonight's expected Hawks lineup Offense: Saad Tazer Stalberg Sharpie Rat Kaner Bicks Krugs Shaw Bollig Meyer Frolik Defense: Seabs Keith Hammer O-do-ya Rozsival Leddy Netminder: Razor GO HAWKS!
  6. hokkeynutt

    Shark Bait?

    Just not sure bout this Hawks team, I have some concerns. Sure the Hawks own the best record in the NHL but… in my opinion they are not the best team in the NHL. I realize you have to be lucky to be good and good to be lucky but I have a number of concerns with this team and the time to improve and experiment is now, during the season. The Hawk power play, which in spite of all kinds of star power, was awful last year. This young season has seen the Hawks slide to 15th in the league, going 1 for 8 against the Ducks, including a couple of 4 on 3's. Someone has got to explain to Q that Sharpie should not be on the point on the PP when you have Seabs sitting on the bench who has one of the hardest shots in the league. Also, the opponents know the Hawks, nothing has changed… backdoor all of the time or a set up for a timer. My suggestion, the blueline on the PP needs to improve significantly if this team is going to have a deep run in the playoffs. How bout faceoffs… it would sure be nice if the Hawks could land a second line center to take the pressure off Tazer for game critical faceoffs. It’s a blessing that Tazer was 74% against the Ducks in key situations. Acquiring a second line center would also help Sharpie who has been in a funk. The Rat has a tendency to dump and chase and with Kane and Sharpie as your wingers, puck control is their specialty, not dumping and chasing. I mean ****, when was the last time you saw Kaner go hard into a corner for a puck that was dumped in, with a 225lb defenseman, defending him. Not blaming Kaner but that’s just not his game, puck control is. Next for improvement is the the Hawks shootouts. The Hawks have not been great and as I mentioned yesterday if the Hawks next shootout is tonight, Big Hoss gets his turn as the #3 shooter. The Hawks problem has been finding a consistent third shooter. Sharpie, Leddy and Saad were all given opportunities this season, but failed to score. Lastly, the Hawks need to against bigger and more physical teams. Rumor has it that the Hawks are exploring the possibility of acquiring some additional size and toughness on wing so stay tuned. Tonight, the Hawks face a rested Sharks club, who are in the middle of a six-game road trip, have lost six consecutive contests overall and are looking to even the season series between the two teams. Maybe, I am in a funk but I see tonight's game going to the Sharks, 3-1. Hope I'm wrong. Below are the two teams (NHL Rankings): Sharks 7-3-3 17pts: Goals for: 2.62 (19) Goals against: 2.08 (5) PP%: 21.2 (9) PK%: 87.0 (6) Hawks 10-0-3 23pts: Goals for: 3.31 (2) Goals against : 1.92 (3) PP%: 18.2 (16) PK%: 91.5 (2) Did you know: 1) Car Bomb took to the ice yesterday and is now practicing. 2) The Hawks dropped to 1-3 in shootouts this season with Tuesday's shootout loss to the Ducks. 3) Big Hoss hasn't taken a shootout chance this season and hasn't been used much in recent years. He was 0-4 in shootouts last season, 0-2 in 2010-2011 and 2-5 in 2009-2010. He's 12 for 40 for his career. Tonight's expected Hawks lineup Offense: Saad Tazer Big Hoss Sharpie Rat Kaner Bicks Shaw Stalberg Bollig Krugs Frolik Defense: Seabs Keith Hammer O-do-ya Rozsival Leddy Netminder: Razor GO HAWKS!
  7. First a quick comment on Hawks last game Sunday night against the Flames ... Can you say 'the great escape'? You can bet Calgary will not let a game like that get away from the them again. Big Hoss scores the tying goal with 2.4 ticks of the clock left and then Kaner wins it for the Hawks in a shootout. Additionally the Razor was sharp in net making 45 of 47 saves setting a new career high in saves. Tonight, the beloved face the Sharks who are coming into tonight's game at 7-1-1 after dropping last night's contest to the Ducks in Anaheim 2-1. The Hawks and Sharks will use tonight to judge just how good they are as this game will be between the two best teams in the Western Conference. With two days rest a poor start by the Hawks will be inexcusable as they've regained their legs that were clearly dead in Calgary three days ago. The Rat will be back in the lineup, which is a mild relief after missing only one game due to an ankle injury that looked a lot worse at the time than it ended up being. The Rat figures to jump right back into the middle between the Patricks. Catch a power nap before tonight's game as it starts at 9:30pm CT Did you know: 1) Hawks are #1 in the NHL PK at 94.4% 2) Hawks are 3-3 killing off opponents 5-3 power plays 3) The Crow has a 1.66gaa and ranks 4th just behind Baby Lu who has a 1.53gaa Tonight's expected Hawks lineup Offense: Saad Tazer Big Hoss Sharpie Rat Kaner Bicks Shaw Stalberg Bollig Krugs Frolik Defense: Seabs Keith Hammer O-do-ya Rozsival Leddy Netminder: The Crow Lets go HAWKS! Let's hand the Sharks their second straight loss!
  8. With Mr Nash he is the only one who can wave the on trade clause in his contract. He has sated that he would like to play with Mr Thornton and knew some of the coaching staff.
  9. The MVP Challenge continues with the San Jose Sharks. -----play and earn tokens for "pickem" Note:poll and topic end 7/21 1. Tokens are earned for the MVP Summer Challenge by voting and posting discussion in each team MVP category or playoff challenge. 2. All team MVP's will be chosen from a poll of 5 team candidates. 3. Members earn five tokens per vote and for each and every quality discussion post within every MVP topic to a maximum of 50 tokens per Challenge. 4. It is recommended to participate in discussion prior to voting, as discussions will influence votes. 5. A new Team or MVP matchup poll and discussion will begin M-Th each week until Hockey Forums 2012 MVP is chosen in October. 6. All poll topics posted within one week will close Sat evening the following week. 7. If any re-do polls are needed due to major player trades they will be repeated on Fridays. (hopefully we won't need many of these) Consider the following questions when discussing and voting for each Team MVP and Matchup category: 1. Who is this teams most valuable player factoring in point production, leadership qualities, and overall tenacity/grit? 2. Which player is most essential to the teams success next season. 3. If you were the GM of this team and needed to rebuild with one player, whom would you choose? 4. Which player would cause their team to struggle the most if out with a season ending injury? 5. Which player and or prospect projects to be the teams most valuable player next year? Also, since the MVP Challenge is part fantasy: 1. If you were the coach which linemates would play with your MVP to enhance his play? 2. What parts of the players game need most improvement? 3. What type of numbers do you think this player can put up this upcoming season? 4. And any other player related info, stats, videos, etc to enhance discussion.
  10. Last year during the playoffs, Jeremy Roenick spoke out after game 5 against the Red Wings on his hatred for Patrick Marleau's style of hockey. Marleau, pretty much the most consistently great player in Sharks history, was especially outstanding in a game 7 victory a few nights later. Was Marleau actually bad in game 5? No. He got stripped of the puck in his own zone by a magician on the wall (Pavel Datsyuk), then got back to force Datsyuk to pass to the point on an eventual goal. A great play by Datsyuk for sure, but not something to harp on Marleau about. Roenick called Patty's effort "gutless" on that one play, and apparently that one play represented the entire game, and past according to the also-Cupless Roenick. To JR's credit, he did give Marleau credit for game 7, but a monkey could have pointed out that he was especially awesome. But Roenick only did it because he wanted to feel relevant... trying to act like he was in some way responsible for "lighting a fire" under the former Sharks captain. Roenick again called out Marleau in a blog this week. The Sharks just came off an awful 9-game road trip. Somehow, Roenick again blames Marleau for the team's struggles. Low and behold, Marleau had an outstanding performance in last night's shootout loss, and Sharks "fans" are trying to give JR some credit for once again lighting a fire under Roenick. How does that work? Marleau has been playing great over the last month, potting 10 points on that 9-game road trip. Hey, if someone is getting 10 points on an abysmal 9-game road trip... it MIGHT not be him you need to point a finger at. As for giving JR credit, that is ridiculous. The fact is, Marleau is almost a .75 point-per-game player during his career, and recently had career years averaging about a point per game. Odds are, if anyone calls him out, he is GOING to get a point the next game, and if not, a two point game thereafter. I was a big fan of Roenick's style of game. I even rock my orange Roenick Flyers jersey from time to time during some pickup hockey (which says a lot considering I grew up an Islanders fan... but hey, I respect the game and great players, and collect their sweaters). He obviously had great skills, but his style of play was a lot different than Marleau's. Being an overachiever every night was Roenick's game. That said, does that mean we can't look at hundreds of games in his career and point at bad, stupid, or unlucky plays that resulted in a goal against his team? No. The fact that Roenick doesn't understand this is what makes him a tool. Okay, maybe a lot more than that makes him a tool, but this just further solidifies it. JR may just be trying to stir up controversy, and to his credit, now we are all talking about him (out here in the Pacific at least). I suppose that is the goal when being on television. Marleau is playing his typical game this season, and that is what he is paid to do, and what he knows how to do. He is the ultimate hockey professional. To say that he doesn't have what it takes to win a cup is absurd. Lots of players that are way more passive have contributed greatly to cup winning teams. Not all players contribute best in this "overdrive mode" that Roenick and many fans demand out of Marleau. It's not a lack of hustle or determination on his part... he is just a skilled player with sneaky speed and a sneaky shot, and he is also very smart. He does his job, and always has. No one player can bring a Stanley Cup to a team. What it comes down to is that almost every team plays solid hockey nowadays, and you can't ever predict who will win any given game or series. All the Sharks fans that go into seasons expecting a cup are looking past the grind, the breaks, and the journey that is the season and playoffs. This could very well be the year the Sharks win it all... they could also miss the playoffs. This goes for about 12 teams. That's the NHL now, so I wish Sharks fans would just deal with it and stop crying and pointing fingers at specific players. I find it funny how so many said that Nabokov was to blame, and that the Sharks could never win a Cup with him... then they bring in Niemi who was fresh off a Stanley Cup winning performance, and the fans were and still are pessimistic with him back there. Sharks fans have nothing to complain about, they have had a playoff team every year for the past decade. They could all be Islanders fans like me... then I would understand the whining and finger pointing. For the record, I grew up an Islanders fan on Long Island for the first 20 years of my life. For the last 7 years I have lived near San Jose, and have become quite a hardcore Sharks fan as well. But I am a realist. I don't think the Sharks have ever "choked" in the playoffs, I think they lost to teams that were either riding a hotter goalie, got luckier bounces, or simply executed better. Are those "excuses"? No, they are facts. Let's not forget the hard playoff heartbreaks the Islanders went through in the mid-late 70's before their 4 straight Stanley Cups. Let's not forget the Red Wings in the early 90's before they finally broke through and became a dominating Cup-winning machine for the following two decades. The Islanders did it with several Hall of Famers on the same team. The Red Wings did it with mediocre goalies most of the time, among Hall of Fame stars like Yzerman and Lidstrom. On those teams, there were plenty of players that had less than a tenth of the impact that Marleau brings to the table on a nightly basis. Sharks fans, stop panicking. Your team is still in perfect striking distance with about 15 games left. Is it scary to think they might actually miss the playoffs with such a good group of players? Yes. Would that be a failure? Yes. But 29 teams fail to win the Cup each season, get a grip and root for your team, and stop looking for players to blame before the season is even over. And to Mr. Jeremy Roenick, if the tell-tale sign for guts in an NHL player is being able to win a Stanley Cup, you sir, were gutless your whole career. I would like to think that isn't true.
  11. Trade talk stating Moen is about to be traded to the Sharks for McGinn and a 4th. Keep your twitter open.

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