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  • SharkCircle 1:40 am on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barret Jackman, Brad Stuart, Brad Stuart analysis, Colin White, , , Jason Garrison, , , , , San Jose Sharks offseason analysis, , Zbynek Michalek   

    San Jose Sharks Sign Brad Stuart: Is He Worth The Cap-Hit and Were There Better Options? 

    Brad Stuart #7

    Brad Stuart donning teal.. and …grey…

    With Jim Vandermeer and Colin White unfortunately not returning to the Sharks next season, Sharks GM Doug Wilson looked to appease the masses of distraught, sobbing Sharks fans by replacing their departed heroes with what he hopes is a superior model, if that’s even possible, in Brad Stuart.***

    As you would expect, the premium model will come with a higher price tag; Brad Stuart signed for a three-year, 10.8 million-dollar contract, a $3.6M cap-hit compared to Colin White and Jim Vandermeer’s matching one-year, one-million dollar deals last season, and to Doug Murray’s $2.5M cap-hit.

    However, Brad Stuart also comes with an undeniably higher talent level than any of them, and Doug Wilson is surely hoping Stuart’s combination of size and smooth skating will equate to excellent performances on the ice for the next three seasons.


  • SharkCircle 10:21 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Colin White, , DOUGLAS MURRAY, , Justin Braun, , , , ,   

    San Jose Sharks Trimester Report Card: Defencemen 

    Two days ago, I posted my thoughts on each of the San Jose Sharks forwards through 25 games, and graded each one. Here are my thoughts on the defense, sorted by defense pairs.

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    Enjoy the blog!

    English: Dan Boyle of San Jose Sharks

    DAN BOYLE (27 GP, 1 G, 12 PTS, -2 Plus/Minus) has struggled to play at the elite level we’ve grown accustomed to this season, but he is still an excellent defenseman, and part of that decline is just a result of the game changing. It is harder for “rush” players like Boyle to produce now, as he admitted in that Working The Corners post I just linked to, and as I wrote about a couple of weeks before that in my blog on offense and excitement in our game.

    Still, we’ve grown to expect more from Boyle, and no doubt Boyle expects more from himself. At 35 years of age, some Sharks fans are having a hard time not worrying that this is just the beginning of Boyle’s inevitable physical decline, but I would like to comfort Sharks fans that it isn’t, at least not drastically. Is Boyle every bit as dominant as he was the year he was traded to San Jose, at 32 years of age? Probably not, but if he’s declined in say, speed, it’s about a 3% decline. He’s still the most elusive defenseman in the league after Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell, and as good a puck-mover as anyone. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

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