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  • SharkCircle 5:15 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2013-2014 Atlantic Division Preview, Atlantic Division Predictions, , Detroit Red Wings, , , , NHL Standings Predictions, , ,   

    Shark Circle’s Atlantic Division Preview and Standings Predictions 

    Here are my predictions on where teams will finish in their new divisions. Unfortunately no time or research went into this outside of looking at each team’s roster briefly on their respective official websites. Otherwise it’s just off the top of my head. But here we go.

    ATLANTIC

    1. Detroit Red Wings if they recall Nyqvist. Reason: Losing Filppula and especially Brunner, who was a fantastic surprise for them last season and finally gave them back their “Detroit Red Wings-depth” that they’d been missing ever since Marian Hossa left, and I really don’t understand NHL GMs at all that they let him go and no other team seemed that interested in signing him either… losing those two will hurt, but offseason-addition Stephen Weiss borders on being a top-line center when healthy, so he’s a fantastic addition and an upgrade on Filppula, and other-offseason-addition Daniel Alfredsson should at least replace what they had in Brunner. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

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  • SharkCircle 12:04 am on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Detroit Red Wings, , , , , , , ,   

    Why The NHL Owners Are Not The Hypocrites They Are Made Out To Be 

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    To be clear, the above title refers only to the issue of huge, long-term contracts, not anything else. You see, there is an argument out there that the NHL and its team-owners are hypocrites for wanting to limit contract term in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. The argument is that they would not need a limit if they weren’t so stupid in the first place as to offer these long-term contracts, and that they are essentially just looking to protect themselves from their own idiocy.

    In fact it’s the opposite. Except for one summer every five to ten years during CBA negotiations, these teams are in direct competition with one another to win hockey games. And to win hockey games, you need the best players. And that is why contract terms have been escalating. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 4:16 am on February 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dean Lombardi, Detroit Red Wings, , GM Pierre Mcguire, Ken Holland, , , ,   

    A Lot Can Change In 10 Years, A Look At The NHL in Year 2022 

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    Have you ever wondered what life will be like 10 years from now? What about the National Hockey League? Luckily, I have the answer to the more important of those two questions, and have decided to give my readers a peep through the looking-glass. Where will the NHL be in 10 years? Suffice it to say, a lot can change. Read on to find out. (Note: this was written five days ago, before the Kyle Quincey and Jeff Carter trades).

    February 20th, 2022, Sports Section of ‘The Shark Circle Times,’ the world’s leading newspaper. The article is titled “Weekly NHL News Update,” a fair example of the creativity that helped propel ‘The Shark Circle Times’ to the lofty heights of being the galaxy’s most successful paper.

    • With the San Jose Sharks looking to bolster their roster at the trade deadline in the hopes of winning their sixth straight Stanley Cup, Sharks’ fans are anxious to see what GM Doug Wilson has up his sleeve. Unfortunately, Doug Wilson was unavailable for comment when I tried to reach him, but his secretary Dean Lombardi did make himself available to reporters, stating that if the right deal came along to improve the team, his “superior” (he probably just meant his boss, but reporters are not ruling out a Freudian slip) would definitely consider it. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • LoganCoutureFansite 4:39 am on February 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious, loved it! But if Logan Couture gets a concussion I’ll remember that you jinxed him 🙂

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      • SharkCircle 4:42 am on February 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I’m glad you liked it, even in spite of the comment on Couture. To be fair, he did draw the penalty that helped the Sharks beat Detroit. But glad you liked it, and I wouldn’t worry about Couture. I have no idea how he got injured in juniors. Not that people hit him much anymore in the NHL, I think the Sharks play in a very clean/non-physical division, but even when he does get himself in bad spots, or someone hits him bad, like Colton Orr last year, he just never seems to get hurt.

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  • SharkCircle 3:59 pm on January 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Detroit Red Wings, , Nashville Predators, , , Raymond trade, , , Sedin, Shea Weber,   

    Vancouver Canucks Would Be Foolish To Trade Mason Raymond 

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    If you frequent the popular hockey websites and forums as much as I do, you have probably noticed a curious trend emerging. It is difficult to go even half an hour on a hockey site these days without stumbling on a new “trade proposal” involving Mason Raymond in exchange for some player with about one-tenth his talent (but a bit more grit!).

    Then again, you might be thinking, what’s so strange about that? Over-zealous fans of all teams have bounced around unrealistic trade proposals heavily weighted in their teams’ favor ever since the internet was first invented. How is this any different? Well, what is so curious about these unbalanced Mason Raymond proposals is that they are all being proposed by fans of his own team, the Canucks. Why, you ask? CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
    • Julia 2:42 am on January 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This was a fantastic read! I completely agree with you about Raymond, his underlying stats are pretty impressive, but as a Canuck fan, sometimes it can get frustrating to see his terrific speed and puck possession result in nothing, not even a scoring chance. I was going to say that this is an extremely well-reasoned piece, especially since it’s written by someone who isn’t a Canucks fan, but then again, those who do follow the team religiously can tend to get a little myopic. And it’s nice to read a blog post from another fan base who can honestly evaluate the Canucks team without snarky comments about them being divers and whiners ( though they have players who do dive and whine, but so do 29 other teams).

      I wonder if Setoguchi is the Sharks version of Raymond. Ever since he got traded, I feel as though the Sharks pose less of an offensive threat. Don’t get me wrong, they still have a potent offense, just a little less so with the loss of Setoguchi’s speed. I wonder if the same scenario would play out in Vancouver if Raymond left? Though the Sharks are more defensively sound this year with the addition of Burns.

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    • JC 1:14 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great article! I admit I’m biased because I’ve been a fan of Raymond’s speed and talent from the start, and it has been tough watching him struggle through his injury, and now this scoring dry spell. It’s really nice to see some positive things being said about him by an objective party, so I can reassure myself that my support of him is not completely unfounded.

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  • SharkCircle 10:45 am on December 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Detroit Red Wings, , , , , , Stl Blues,   

    San Jose Sharks Struggling Against The Good Teams 

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    As Sharks fans, we’re typically used to a few things:

    • Outshooting 90% of the teams out there on a regular basis, and dominating puck possession even in games we’re losing–even when we deserve to be losing
    • Beating the Detroit Red Wings every time and making them look like one of the worst teams in the league

    But the Detroit Red Wings aren’t one of the worst teams in the league; they’re above average at worst, and very good at best. And that is precisely why consistent victories against a team like the Wings, or in most recent seasons the Chicago Blackhawks, etc., are so assuring. Those wins represent more than mere points in the standings; they prove that the Sharks are capable of beating the very best, at least in the regular season, and they offer solid hope that the Sharks can have success come playoff time. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 6:22 am on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Detroit Red Wings, Dion Phaneuf, , Henrik Zetterberg, , , , Vincent Lecavalier, ,   

    Why Do Stars Fade? 

    Have you ever wondered why a given player is in decline? Sure, players age, and eventually they can’t play at the same high level anymore. That is normal and without mystery. But what about, say, Vincent Lecavalier, a former annual MVP Candidate who now struggles to reach 70 points in a season?

    Lecavalier scored 52 goals in 2006-2007, and 40 in 2007-2008. He was still in his late 20’s at that point, yet Lecavalier fell to 29 goals in 2008-2009, and has since failed to crack 30 goals in any season. He and teammate Martin St. Louis used to be equals, Lecavalier even outplayed him on many nights, but now the 36-year-old Martin St. Louis remains an elite scorer, while Lecavalier, four years his junior, has faded into his shadow. Is he still a good player? Yes. But if you showed a Tampa Bay Lightning game to someone who hadn’t watched hockey since 2006, they might recognize the face, but they would hardly recognize the player. He’s just not the same.

    So what happened? CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 3:00 am on November 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Detroit Red Wings, , , , ,   

    30 teams, 30,000 thoughts: San Jose Sharks (2/2) 

    In this series of articles, I will take a look at all 30 NHL teams and offer thoughts on what I’m seeing from each. I will start with two dedicated posts on the San Jose Sharks, this being the second, and then one division per entry, starting with the rest of the Pacific Division teams. You can read part 1 on the Sharks here. Check back soon for my thoughts on the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings. And Phoenix Coyotes if I have time. (Just kidding, the Coyotes are to be respected for what they accomplish every year despite difficult circumstances).

    SAN JOSE SHARKS:

    • I love some aspects of the Sharks 3rd and 4th lines, and dislike others. The size, speed, grittiness, and relentless pressure are all big plusses, but these positives show themselves more in some games than in others. And in games where the bottom lines aren’t able to retrieve the puck and successfully get the cycle going, well, there’s not much else there. That’s their strength, getting in on the opposing defense and starting mayhem in, behind, and around the net, and they’re good at it. But, that’s also one of their only strengths, and if they don’t succeed at that particular tactic in a given game, then they’re probably not going to score or have a positive impact on the game. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
  • SharkCircle 11:43 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30 teams 30 thoughts, , , Detroit Red Wings, , , Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, ,   

    30 Teams, 30,000 Thoughts: San Jose Sharks (1/2) 

    In this series of articles, I will take a look at all 30 NHL teams and offer thoughts on what I’m seeing from each. I will start with two dedicated posts on the San Jose Sharks, and then go by division, starting with the rest of the Pacific Division teams. Check back tomorrow for more thoughts on the Sharks.

    San Jose Sharks:

    The Sharks perfect power-play play. Todd Mclellan deserves credit for devising the perfect set power-play entry, and the 29 other NHL coaches deserve great shame for being beat on the exact same play over and over again. The Sharks enter the offensive zone on the power-play by creating a 2-on-1 at the wing of the opponent’s blue-line every time. They’ve been doing this for probably two seasons now, the same way every time, and it still works like clockwork.

    Other teams, when they have only 20 seconds left on their power-play and the puck behind their own net, their power-play is usually over. They’ll try one more time to get into the offensive zone, rushing it, and it will usually fail and go back down the ice. And even when entering the zone doesn’t fail it still takes them those 20 seconds just to set it up cleanly and get it to their quarterback.

    But the Sharks, they not only get it into the offensive zone with ease, but they get it to their point man, facing the net, with space, and they do it all with just a couple passes in one seamless play. It’s amazingly brilliant for Mclellan, and amazingly idiotic by the other coaches. It’s like they’ve never heard of videotape. (I may write a dedicated blog on this entry with photographs so I can illustrate what’s happening on this play better for everyone). Continue Reading Full Post

     
    • evilducks 3:15 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love articles titled “San Jose Sharks” that are 75% about Ovechkin and Crosby.

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      • SharkCircle 8:25 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That’s an addendum to the part about Pavelski. Not part of the main article, and just bonus reading for those interested in a sub-topic. That’s why it’s after the end of article and has a * before it. Thanks for reading!

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  • SharkCircle 6:19 am on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Detroit Red Wings, , Kyle Wellwood, , Puck Daddy, San Jose California, , Sharks Canucks, Vancouver, Winnipeg Jets   

    Analysis: Former-Shark Kyle Wellwood signs one-year contract with Winnipeg Jets for 0.7M 

    According to many sources, including Renaud P Lavoie, Brodie Brazil, the Winnipeg Sun and Puck Daddy, Kyle Wellwood has signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets for 0.7M.

    This represents a big missed opportunity for the Sharks. According to an article by Andy Strickland, Kyle Wellwood was yearning to return to the Sharks, to the point where he even declined contract offers from other teams simply on the off-chance that Doug Wilson would change his mind and offer him a contract. That’s dedication. Continue Reading Full Post

     
    • CaniacCanuck 7:53 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Completely agree with you, for all the negativity he gets from fans Wellwood is a ” jack of many trades”, some of the things I remember from watching him was his creativity with the puck and his faceoff ability.

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    • SharkCircle 9:11 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment! We’ve been getting lots of visitors but not too many people offering feedback or commenting with their opinions, so it’s good to get some of that.

      What you remember is exactly how I think about Wellwood. His top speed isn’t elite, though it’s above average, but his quickness and agility is very good, he’s very good with the puck, creative like you mentioned, poised with it–he’ll hang on it as long as it takes to make a play. Sometimes that results in a lost opportunity, but more often than not it’s an asset.

      But I don’t think anyone ever questioned his creativity and passing ability on offense. The knocks on him in Vancouver were that he was overweight, that he made awful turnovers, that he wasn’t good on defense. All that stuff, but watching him in SJ, none of that was the case. He was in plenty good shape, he never looked tired out there. And he was one of the Sharks best forwards defensively. I can’t recall many ghastly turnovers if any. Maybe it’s just the case where things get overblown in a canadian hockey market, especially after those pictures came out of Wellwood overweight, I think that was it for him in Vancouver. A lot of fans couldn’t look passed that.

      No one’s saying he’s a perfect player, or a great player, but for 0.7M against the cap, he brings a lot of different skills that can help. Good bang for your buck.

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