For a team with very little history, the San Jose Sharks have done some impressive things. Three seasons of 50 or more wins, another of 49 and another of 48 wins, all of which have come in the last 5 seasons. The Sharks consistently drive deep into the post-season and although their window should be closing soon the management is doing an excellent job of adding talent annually.
They are a very strong organization.
San Jose fans certainly have their moments of frustration (they were supposed to have a Stanley by now) but for Oiler fans–looking at another 8 months arguing in circles and at each other’s throats–the plight of the Sharks would be a welcome relief. The rebuild may look fabulous five years down the line, but right now it feels like the only thing on television is Groundhog Day. What’s more, Terry Jones has the news this morning: Steve Tambellini is about to get a contract extension on the strength of drafting and OKC’s performance. As Terry notes in his article, Tom Renney’s status is not as concrete. We’ve talked about this being a possibility here and other spots along the way, and I think coach Todd Nelson in OKC is a person of interest going forward.
Ryan Whitney is 80% and could be back, I’d estimate Horcoff at about 50% but the bugger’s hanging in as always. I know he’s not earning the moolah, but he sure as hell puts in a full day’s work. Taylor Hall will have 20 more camera’s on him tonight and Jordan Eberle always seems to post a crooked number. I think Jeff Petry is getting more confident, he might be a guy we can count on in a year or two.
The next time the Edmonton Oilers are as good as the San Jose Sharks are now, I pledge to you I will be a glib, unforgiving dink to every fan of every losery team on the freaking planet.
As things currently stand, watching the Oilers makes me a little crazy. Like I want to head for the Korova Milkbar.