With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching we have been seeing all kinds of trade rumors hitting the streets…er…the ice in this case as of late. A couple of weeks ago we heard whispers of Ryane Clowe being traded which were false of course, but it got me thinking about how fragile the careers of these players are. One minute you are the “it” guy, the next minute you are on a plane to another team.
This morning Andrew Murray cleared waivers here in San Jose and will be assigned to Worcester. I’m going to go ahead and say that I am not at all upset about the decision to waive Murray, as I noted in a previous post, he’s kind of had a lackluster performance here in Sharks territory and just wasn’t living up to the calibur of player we expect to see in the Tank. The good news for him is that he has performed very well in the AHL in the past and I expect he will find success in Worcester. Also good news for us, is that it opens up room for our GM to seek out a player that will better shore up the front end and could quite possibly resolve inconsistencies in our line up.
That being said, I want to be cautious about how much confidence I put into new additions to the team. We’ve have nothing short of a ginormous game of musical chairs this season with guys going up and down and all around the leagues. Players come in, wow us for a few games and then seem to stall, as is the case we’ve seen with John McCarthy to name one in particular.
Given that the coaching and management staff of our Sharks tends to be very hush hush about trade decisions, which they are holding true to at this time, I believe we tend to be pre-disposed to trade panic in our arena. While we all have our favorite players and hate to see them go, sometimes we have to suck it up and deal with it and hope that the next guy brought in will be the key to unlocking any line lock ups we’ve been having. I have faith in Coach McLellan as well as GM Doug Wilson to keep searching for the players who can put this team fully together and mature it into a Stanley Cup Winning team. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and trust they are making objective decisions at this point and time. I want to be cautious this month dealing with trade rumors and panic as I don’t find it necessary to freak out every time we gain or lose a guy and until the GM says its a go or no go, and until we see players enter or exit the ice we really can’t make an informed judgement on how it will impact the team.
At this point I think that the base of the team is well established and barring any more injuries can at least hold their own for the rest of the season. Will we be in the final rounds in the hunt for Lord Stanley…I find that to be unlikely, but I also see a solid skeleton of a team finally forming and maintaining some consistency. At the beginning of the year we had high hopes for our Sharks, and I’m not saying those are completely dashed, but I do believe that this season has been a bit of an experiment for the organization and that while the outcome is not what we initially thought we would see it may not be a bad thing at all.
Of course we want them to win the Stanley Cup, its the hope of all Hockey fans to see their boys take the whole thing…but for now let’s watch and wait and enjoy the show that is the formation of a team.
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