A nice piece put together by King Shark here talked about the cancelled games. I thought I’d take a look at the Sharks’ cancelled games and see where they might be able to fit them in but leaving the rest of the schedule entirely in tact except for one thing: the All Star Game has to go. The actual viewership is always anemic it’s 1.0 rating last year was crushed by just about every other sports’ all star game (the NBA, by comparison, did a 6.2). So let’s just admit that we’d all be ok scrapping this game and just voting 1st and 2nd team all stars after the season like they used to.
The Sharks’ games to make up, as noted in King Shark’s piece:
- @ Ducks
- @ Avs
I tried to take into account other teams’ travel schedules, arena availability, etc., and I think this would work:
Rangers @ Sharks: Sunday January 20th. The Rangers are playing Colorado the day before so they’ll already be out here. The Sharks are playing an earlier game in Dallas on Saturday. You could even do the parents in the crowd a favor and make it a matinee starting around 3. Sure the boys will have heavy legs from the flight, but it could work.
Sharks @ Ducks: Tuesday March 26th. It crams 4 games in 4 days for the Ducks and 4 games in 5 for the Sharks but both teams get to start/end this 2 game home and home in the right place.
Sharks @ Avs: January 1st.
My proposal here is to make the Winter Classic into a Hockey Day in North America full day celebration similar to the Hockey Day in Canada
and Hockey Weekend Across America
events. Outdoor rinks all over the continent, hockey seminars, alumni games. A whole thing, culminating in Ann Arbor for the Red Wings/Leafs finale.
Hurricanes @ Sharks. Friday November 16th. ‘Canes will be near us with games Phoenix and Dallas surrounding this one and the Sharks will be at home for the beginning of a now 3-game home stand. Perfect.
Oilers @ Sharks, January 7th. Each team has the day off, the Oilers will have to travel in the middle of a road trip but that’s how it goes in a lockout.
It can be done. We don’t have to be resolved to not playing all 82 this year. Please, brass, get it done.
Worst shows I admit to watching and enjoying
1) Bachelor Pad
2) The Real World
3) 2-3 NBA games per season
4) Saved by the Bell, still (I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so…scared)
5) I won’t admit to any others