That’s Gilles Meloche in goal clearing the puck, and defender Len Frig maybe 1974. The Seals had some good players but they never could put it together, enjoy sustained success and build on their fanbase. They had good management people (Bill Torrey, Gerry Ehman both went to NYI and helped them win multiple Stanleys) but never gave them the freedom to get the job done. They drafted fine players, but sent them away too early or watched them have one or two good seasons before falling back.
The San Jose Sharks are a much better organization but there are some cracks forming on the current edition of the team. Their blueline isn’t championship quality and they are riding their starting goalie just like the Hawks did during the early 70s (if you don’t remember it usually resulted in “Tony O looks a little tired here in G7, SCF”) and their scoring isn’t consistent.
Like Ottawa in the east, the Sharks need a shakeup. Among other things, a quality veteran defender who can calm the waters, back up the depth chart and give some of these puck movers room to roam without fear. The Senators made a nice trade the other day for Stillman (a nice pickup) and Mike Commodore who I believe was the key to the deal. NHL Championships are won by grizzled veterans, guys who are calm even in double overtime when it’s jailbreak the other way.
The Sharks need a Steve Staios, they could use a Marty Reasoner (who is certainly being showcased). I think tonight is a really good scouting trip, and the question is this: which young player would you prefer to see in an Oilers jersey after the deadline?
There’s a trade there for San Jose, and it very well could be with Edmonton.