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The National Hockey League season is under way. Tonight the Anaheim Ducks of Southern California near Los Angeles visit the Tank for the home opener against the Sharks of San Jose.

The Sharks will begin their quest to make it past the second round of the playoffs. Last season everyone and their puppy said the Sharks would be Stanley Cup champions. That assumption, I believe, was based on the outcome of a video game. This season the so-called experts have them dueling it out in the Pacific with Anaheim and Dallas.

But wait, do not despair. The Sharks have added three new defensemen to help improve on last season’s suspect defense. Dan Boyle, Brad Lukowich, and Rob Blake are the new additions. You remember the L.A. Kings’ Rob Blake; he is the guy you booed every time he stepped out on the ice.

If Marleau plays as he did last season after the trade deadline, Cheechoo finally gets off to an early start scoring, and Joe is, well Joe, then there is an excellent chance to see some exciting hockey. No, I was not going to say they would make it to the finals. I no longer hold my breath in anticipation.

Jeremy Roenick is back! Kyle McLaren is gone.

We will once again be mesmerized by the outstanding saves by Evgeni Nabokov.

We will cheer for Ron Wilson and Vesa Toskala in Toronto.

With the current economic situation, some of you may need to watch the pocket book and stay home. At least you can listen to Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda (TV) and Dan Rusanowsky (radio).

For the real story about the Sharks visit the Sharks’ website, Broadcaster Blog, and our friends at Sharkspage.

No Game 7 for the Sharks…

…but there is still work to be done.

The Sharks are Ready

Everything is ready. The colors are flying on San Pedro Street , the Tank is decked out with cool sidewalk art, our dinner sandwiches are made, the TV is set to high-definition Comcast, and we know the Sharks  are ready to do this!

Sharks at the NHL Trade Deadline

SharksNewLogoToday was the NHL’s trade deadline, noon Pacific Time.

The Sharks big deal of the day was the acquisition of “puck-moving” defenseman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Campbell should be a help on the struggling power play.

Campbell, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, he rejected the Sabres offer of a three-year deal worth more than $17 million. Doug Wilson must be ready to offer a better deal this summer.

The Sharks also traded defenseman Rob Davison to the New York Islanders for a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft.

The Sharks did sign a veteran goaltender Brian Boucher to backup Nabokov. Boucher does have NHL playoff experience.

Many fans and the press were calling for Patrick Marleau to be traded; I was not one of them. Marleau is having an off-season, big time. Let us hope that with the passing of the trade deadline he turns things around.

The Detroit Red Wings from the L.A. Kings acquired former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

The number one deal of the day was forward Brad Richards going to the Dallas Stars from Tampa Bay. Look out for Dallas.

The Sharks did improve; however, so did Detroit, Dallas and Anaheim the last few weeks.

Sharks Milestones

SharksNewLogoThe game against the Nashville Predators marked milestones for the Sharks’ Jeremy Roenick and Ron Wilson.

It was Jeremy Roenick‘s 1300th game in his illustrious career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and Sharks.

With the Sharks victory (4-3), it was Ron Wilson‘s 500th win as a coach. He has coached the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, and currently the Sharks.

Congratulations JR and Ron Wilson!

The Sharks, as a team overall, are still not playing to their potential. This, of course, will be very important come playoff time as Detroit, Dallas, and Anaheim are not sitting on their hands.

Speaking of Anaheim, shouldn’t there be a cutoff date when retired players can return to a team?

Upcoming later this month is the trading deadline, Feb. 26. I think the Sharks are fine. The only issue is having a solid backup goalie. Trade Marleau? No. Actually, if the Sharks were to make a trade, they could trade away their radio analyst.

Book ’em, Dano

policeHonolulu, Hawaii is now America’s Safest Big City in the new CQ Press rankings of safest and most dangerous cities. San Jose now ranks third behind El Paso, Texas in the Safest Big City category. San Jose held first place for the past six years.

CQ Press crunches FBI crime statistics to determine the rankings. There are different variables that go into the way the information is reported; one community may report an incident as minor and another report the same incident as being more serious. In addition, a city does not necessarily become unsafe when there is an increase in auto thefts but may fall in the rankings.

The fall from first place for San Jose may be because wearing the ugly new Sharks’ jersey is being reported as a crime. This could be a major factor for the third place ranking.

Jeremy Roenick’s 500th Career Goal

Jeremy RoenickThe Sharks have been struggling to get a win at home this season. What to do? Call in South Bay radio DJ Greg Kihn. Kihn has sung the national anthem 7 times at the Shark Tank with the Sharks going on to win five of those games. It is now 6 out of 8 times. The Sharks won 4-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes and Kihn may be asked to come back often by Jeremy Roenick.

With 13:25 to go in the second period, Roenick dumped the puck into the Coyotes zone. The puck took an odd bounce off the glass and headed for the net. Coyotes’ goaltender Alex Auld mishandled the puck and in it went. JR’s 500th goal of his career as he becomes the third American born player (Boston) and 40th NHL player to reach that milestone. The other two American born players in the 500-goal club are Mike Modano and Joe Mullen.

Roenick was with the Phoenix Coyotes last season and scored 11 goals; he now has five with the Sharks. It is said that JR was signed by the Coyotes and earlier by the L.A. Kings to sell tickets. Sharks GM Doug Wilson signed JR to play hockey.

Another addition this season to the Sharks is the return of Sandis Ozolinsh, who also scored in this historic game. I think Roenick and Ozolinsh are two good additions to the Sharks.

Let us hope this game will not only be remembered as a game where Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th career goal but also a game that was the turning point in the season.

California Golden Seals 40th Anniversary

California Golden SealsThose of you knowing Bay Area hockey history are aware that the San Jose Sharks are not the area’s first NHL team. That honor belongs to the California Golden Seals. The Seals were part of the league’s doubling of its “original six” for the 1967-1968 season; thus, this is the Seals 40th anniversary.

At the time, the league and CBS had a television agreement that included California getting two expansion teams, one in Los Angeles and the other in Oakland.

The team was known by three names over its nine years in Oakland. The team was originally named the California Seals at the beginning of the 1967 season. After a month into the season the team was renamed the Oakland Seals for seasons 1967 – 1970. The 1970-1971 season saw the team renamed for the third and final time as the California Golden Seals (1970 – 1976).

Over the years owners/minority owners/investors included Barry van Gerbig, Bing Crosby, Pat Summerall, Whitey Ford, the NHL, Charlie O. Finley (he had them wear white skates), Mel Swig, George and Gordon Gund.

Some notable players and fan favorites includes Reggie Leach, Dennis Maruk, Gilles Meloche, Gary Smith, Ivan Boldirev, Ron Stackhouse and Carol Vadnais.

After the 1975-1976 season the Seals moved to Cleveland and became the Barons.

The Barons struggled financially for two years when majority owners George and Gordon Gund were permitted to merge the Barons with another financially struggling team, the Minnesota North Stars.

Years later the Gunds would sell their share of the North Stars allowing the Gunds to be awarded an expansion team in the Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks.

During some Sharks radio broadcasts play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky is featuring the Seals 40th anniversary on the This Date In NHL History segment. Tune in and discover a bit about Bay Area hockey history.

Happy 40th anniversary!

70’s Disco Sharks

sharkspink.jpgThe Sharks open their 2007-2008 home stand Saturday. They will be in those ugly new jerseys that look like they are wearing the shoulder pads on the outside. The ones that have the small player number on the front to help the non-fans in the expensive corporate paid for seats identify the players. Then there is that orange. Maybe the strategy is to get the opposing team to laugh so hard that they are unable to defend their goal.

The Sharks after four games are 2-1-1. They forgot to show up in Colorado; the Avalanche easily won 6-2. Not a good sign three games into the season. Fingers crossed that it was the only blowout of the season and they already got it out of the way. Only four games but this could be indicative of another close but no cigar season. We hope not. With Nabby back to being the number one goalie, Thornton saying he is going to shoot more, the addition of Jeremy Roenick, and the hope that Cheechoo’s traditional slow start is brief this could be the season where they can make it to the Stanley Cup.

New Jersey Sharks

Sharks!No, they did not move. The Sharks unveiled their new sweaters Monday afternoon; that new look that is teal happy. Season ticket holders are the first fans to see the new sweaters in Monday night’s Teal & White Game (scrimmage). Everyone else? Well, believe it or not, the first home pre-season game is this Friday against Anaheim; followed by Saturday’s game against Vancouver. Yes kids, hockey season is upon us.

More info and pics here.

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