By signing goaltender Antti Niemi to a four-year contract, the San Jose Sharks have said to the rest of the NHL, “We’re serious this year.”

Antti Niemi

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, there will be no substitute for Antti Niemi's Cup-winning experience

Ya, ya, I know. They’ve said it before. Often. Last year, they won the Presidents’ Trophy. They were poised to make a deep playoff run. Some of us thought they would win their first Cup. But, in the 2010 Western Conference Final, Niemi’s Chicago Blackhawks put the four-straight boots to the Sharks. Mostly because San Jose’s goaltending was lousy. Exit Evgeni Nabokov. Enter Antti Niemi. (more…)

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Patrick Marleau

Patrick Marleau began his NHL/Sharks' career in 1997-98 with a 32-point rookie season

Earlier today, the San Jose Sharks re-signed potential UFA Patrick Marleau to a four-year deal worth US$6.9M per year and potential RFA Joe Pavelski to a four-year deal worth US$4M per year. Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson’s signing of Marleau makes absolutely no sense, especially since Wilson has the correct mindset to let undertalented goaltender Evgeni Nabokov become a UFA on July 1st. Unless Wilson is now going to deal Marleau to a club who could use an under-achieving, over-promoted floater, it’s a bonehead move. (more…)

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Joe Thornton is no “Super Joe”

Sharks' underachiever Joe Thornton

Sharks' underachiever Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton, the hockey player, is not who he pretends to be. He is a sham. He is not a superstar. He may not even be a star. He is a guy who can put regular season points on the scoresheet. Period. He’s not a leader of men. He’s not an inspiration. He is a sham. (more…)

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San Jose Sharks are going to the Finals!

Sharks' netminder Evgeni Nabokov

Sharks' netminder Evgeni Nabokov

On the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (please don’t ever refer to them as the NHL Playoffs), it’s time for predictions. And this is the San Jose Sharks’ moment to shine.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Sharks are the biggest, most overrated bunch of underachievers (the double whammy) that the NHL may ever have seen. But this is their year. This will be the Sharks’ first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Here’s why. (more…)

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