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Thornton on Perron

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by davepoleck

I mean what is Thornton supposed to do here? Just let Perron skate by him with the puck? The problem starts with the suicide pass given to Perron right through the neutral zone. It puts Jumbo Joe in a position where he HAS to make the hit.

Major respect lost for Perron on this play too. He acts like he’s dead, and then doesn’t miss a shift. Oh yeah, he scored the winner too.

Sharks’ Struggles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Just because the Sharks are now up 3-2 on the Colorado Avalanche after a convincing 5-0 win, doesn’t mean that they are going to be happy about their situation. The duo of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are once again proving that they don’t have the mettle to compete in the postseason. Marleau may have scored tonight, but it was the fourth goal when it was already 3-0. Yes, players have slumps; but there is no way these two just happen to slump every year at this time. Even if they win this round, there is no way I can see them making it to the Finals. The offseason is going to see some major changes coming their way; Marleau and Nabokov are UFAs and they have very little organization depth.

The one prospect that does show a lot of promise is their top 10 pick from the 2007 NHL draft, Logan Couture. Just to put things into perspective as to how pathetic their supposed stars performances have been:

Logan Couture: 2 goals, $500,000 per year

Thornton, Marleau, Heatley: 1 goal, $21.5 million per year between the three

Wilson’s Woes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I think I can hear Doug Wilson crying somewhere in California…

While the four San Jose members of the Canadian Olympic team were obviously ecstatic last night, especially Boyle after his three point performance, they must have been swearing under their breathe as they watched NHL teammate Evgeni Nabokov blow another big game. While he did not have a chance on a few of the goals, he probably should have had the ones by Morrow, Boyle and Weber. Take those three goals back and the game could have been different.

While Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson is definitely worried about the play of Nabokov, the fact that his two big Canadian guns have had little influence on the turnaround of Team Canada is also something to make him uneasy. Patrick Marleau is once again showing why he cannot perform in playoff hockey. And how is it that Joe Thornton, consistently one of the highest scoring players in the League since the lockout, absolutely refuses to get his nose dirty on almost every shift. They are the definition of perimeter players, who need time and space to make things happen. Whenever Canada was pressing the Russkies, or even the Germans the night before, it was never this supposed “all star line”. They do not play at a high tempo, and I think that Babcock is starting to see that they may only be effective while on the powerplay.