Saturday, July 19, 2008

Blake, Boyle, and Lukowich, oh my!

Its been a little while, so lets catch things up, shall we?

July 3rd, I'm sitting at my computer, and what do I read, but that the San Jose Sharks have signed longtime really old guy Rob Blake. Back in the 60s (or something), Blake was a feared defender, with a strong right-handed slapper and was a threat to lay you out if you weren't paying attention. Back to the present day, Blake is old, still is right-handed, and can lay you out... a nice quilt that he made, because he's really old.

First thought is, ok, this is cool, I think. Rob Blake used to be really good, and can be reasonable, hopefully. At 5 mil a season, its a bit scary should he...you know...suck, but its a risk that Doug Wilson seems to feel is worth taking.

Now, lets move along to July 4th. A day known for fireworks, the Sharks made some explosive noise early in the day, when TSN announced that the Sharks had traded for Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay. When the day was all said and done, the full deal was Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, and picks in both the 1st and 4th rounds in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Now, first thought here is, man, I hate this deal. I really thought that with Campbell leaving for richer grounds, Matt Carle would get his chance to blossom and turn into the Norris winner everyone was expecting from him. Well, the path is still clear for Carle, however, now it is in Tampa, where he'll be coached by everyone's favorite mullet. Meanwhile, the Sharks get two guys in Boyle and Lukowich that have age and experience to them, as well as not as lengthy a future.

To complete room for remaining players, Craig Rivet was shipped out to Buffalo for a pair of second rounders, one in 09 and the other in 10.

So, in the span of 24 hours, the Sharks blueline went from:

Carle-Rivet
Murray-Ehrhoff
Vlasic-McLaren

to

Boyle-Blake
Murray-Ehrhoff
Vlasic-McLaren

Quick turnaround, eh?

Basically, the Sharks seem poised for the short run, which goes against the philosophy they've employed since the beginning. If they do raise the silver in the next few years, then obviously, it worked, and no one will complain. If they don't get any closer than they currently have (aka, dying in the second round every year), then it'll be indifferent. If they flat out stink, then hey, at least they tried to get better, right? Right?

GO SHARKS (Hooray summer, I suppose)
-Jess

2 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Let's hope they raise the silver and it will all have been worth it.

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Blogger kerkaa said...

Just wanted to thank you...as graphics designer I'm currently making the on-ice graphics for one of the Eastern Conference teams and your images of visiting all the arenas and collection of shots of their center ice has been the easiest to do research on design! Thought you'd like to know how helpful all your hard work and Sharks passion has been of help! See ya on February 5th!

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