So the San Jose Sharks have blow a tire of late. Some can say they could have called it but with two of the teams top defenseman out of the line up, well lets just say the impact of this loss is great (hell one of them is an Olympian).
With Boyle and Vlasic out of the line up, the Sharks are forced to play Leech and Joslin as the number three paring and this is just a disaster. Against Detroit on Tuesday night, Jay Leech was a minus one and in 23 shifts ( avg. ice-time was 15:34) he regested only one shot and was giving up the puck left and right! Now lets take a look at Derek Joslin, he too was a minus one with 19 shifts ( with an avg. ice-time of 12:42). The way both of these guys kept coughing up the puck, well if it wasn't for the teal jerseys I'd call it some passing to the team in Red. After this game I was left with the awful realization, Derek Joslin is NOT an NHL defenseman!!
On this note, TSN reported today the the Sharks a close to a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. According to this report San Jose would be getting NICLAS WALLIN from the Canes. This makes me think that Vlasic is going to be out for a wile folks, maybe long term IR status (not good). In Wallin, San Jose gets a defenseman that can log 15 to 18 mins. a night, can play the puck well and is a big body out there. The 6″3, 220 pound defenseman might add some more grit and a nice shot from the back end. Is this move going to fix the holes left by Boyle and Vlasic being out?? My answer is no but it sure is a start!
Sorry for the delay from my last BLOG, I've been battling the flu and being a full time student at the same time. Lets just say rest has been avoiding me but I'm on the mend and ready to talk some Sharks!!
Until next time!
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Written by John Morales