All the news has been about lately is the Sharks and how they continue to fail in the post season. There are talks of taking away his captaincy as well as trading the Thornton (which would be a pretty good return) as well. Their GM wants players who want to play for the Sharks and not just live in the area and Thornton has continued to say that he wants to play there.
This is a lot of talk for a player who is still a 70-80+ point player. The Sharks also just signed him for another 3 seasons midway through this past season at a cost of 6.75 per.
That’s a big cost for a team that states it is starting a rebuild and with what they would fetch in return for the Thornton could be a great help towards the future, we are still talking about a player who is still playing at a high production level.
The Sharks are contenders now, they just have a mental lapse when it gets to the post season. Secondary scoring may be more of a need then trading Thornton.
You always want your big players to stand tall in the post season and hate when they can’t carry the load but to be successful in the NHL you need to be scoring down the line.
The Penguins are a high scoring team but only on their top 2 lines and that cost them again the Rangers in the second round, where the Rangers made it to the finals while having no players in the top 14 points but got additional scoring from lower in the lines when needed.
Yeah I know that I am late to the party, but as stated, I was on vacation!
So.. The Kings won the cup and if you know anything about hockey you would have seen that even before the first puck dropped in game. It’s not that the Rangers couldn’t have done it, but it just seemed that their trend of having calls not going their way and the hockey gods rooting against was eventually going to catch up to them.
It only took 5 games to beat the Rangers and of those games they only lost one of them clean, one game they won and the other three were lost in overtime. The part that is harder to see is that the Rangers gave up a massive amount of shots and Henrik had to be at the top of his game to keep them even close to winning.
It just so happens that even Henriks best isn’t enough to defeat the Kings who out shot, out hit and out played the Rangers at every chance.
I wanted to get into this series and enjoy it but it was so one way that it made it difficult to enjoy when one team just keeps peppering the other net.
Was interesting to see how Gaborik would play back in NY after being traded last year. Quick wasn’t amazing and nor did he really have to be, he had some fantastic saves when they were needed but his team backed him up enough where he idn’t have to face that many shots.
As of today Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers as they try to move forward and improve upon their issues. Nash is rumored to be on the trade market as well and where we got him for a steal it may be harder to be rid of a player whose regular season stats have dropped since joining the Rangers and has shown that he can’t perform in the post season. Maybe a trade of Nash for the Sharks Thornton is in order? Something to think about.
So the rumors are starting to pour in and for now the biggest rumor is that Captain Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks will not be with the team when the 14-15 season starts. After several years of being a dominate team during the season and falling flat during the playoffs, it may be time to start replacing the old guard. It is an idea that can benefit the team and hurt it.
You won’t find a better play maker then Thornton. He won’t put up goals but he will help make them. He can help almost any team he plays for and still has a few years in the tank. He reminds me of Jagr a bit in the way he plays.
The question is whether they can trade the captain especially with his 3 year extension starting this summer, or will they have to buy him out.
Typically when you buy out a player it is because he isn’t performing as expected, but Thornton is playing good hockey so one would imagine the Sharks would rather trade him and try to get something in return and not have to pay him over time with a buyout.
Thornton would bring in some good assets whether they are players or picks, but it would be interesting to see what he can do on another team, maybe a Boston reunion?
Had a whole blog to write on this but this picture does so much where I don’t think I need to write anything.
The Kings are continuing their March towards an epic comeback! With a 4-1 victory of the San Jose Sharks in game 6, they have managed to force a game 7 in San Jose. Where it isn’t unheard of for teams to come back from being down 3 games to 0 in a series, it is still rare but the Kings still have to win one more away game to advance and if they lose then the Sharks advance. This series has officially become the best of 1 game.
The Kings offense has decided to start playing at the right time for the Kings who have had one of the lowest goals-per-game average in the regular season. they have scored at least 2 goals per game the entire series and as many as 6 in one game. That’s hot at the right time where the Sharks seem to be falling apart at the worst time.
Quick has been picking up his game since game 3 going 3-0 in the last 3 games. Without his strong play the Kings would not have had a chance in this come back but even more it has sent the Sharks scrambling into what may be another let down in the post season. The Sharks also have the decision of who they are going to play in net as going with Stalock over Niemi proved to be a lost gamble.One would think the Sharks would choose experience in this case and stick with Niemi in net.
The Lightning should be taking notes as they were the first team swept in the 2014 playoffs.
The big news out of the West is the Kings staying away from elimination against the Sharks. After game 3 of there series it looked like the Kings were all but out of the series and just needed to go through the formality of losing game 4 for Sharks to move on.
Quick wasn’t playing strong enough for the team to the move forward and on a team that doesn’t have the strongest offense, a strong goaltender is required.
Game 4 saw the Kings gaining the scoring touch as they defeated the Sharks 6-3 to stay on life support. Game 5 saw them follow up with a 3-0 shutout victory in San Jose. Continuing this momentum is huge for the Kings because if the last several years have shown anything about the Sharks, it is that they tend to lose their bite come the post season.
This may be the Sharks final strong year as eventually they may have to look to change their “old guard” but for now the key members on signed on contract for a few more years and with young stars like Hertl coming up and performing well anything can happen to this team in the next few years.