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NHL Playoffs 2017: Stanley Cup Final prediction

Two teams left. Seven games maximum. Everything since October has led to this. Nashville is in the finals for the first time. Pittsburgh is attempting to repeat as winner, which hasn't happened in 20 years. Both are great teams. Both are full of great stories. This...
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2017 Playoffs Predictions: 2nd round

The first round of the playoffs had some amazing hockey. It also had 18 overtime games showing a parity in the league that is crazy in a good way. And the Sharks lost to Edmonton, deserved to, and I was really impressed by the Oilers team and their ability to adapt...
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2016 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

NHL 2017 Playoff Predictions It’s that time of year again, where the NHL regular season has ended and the playoffs are about to begin. As is my tradition, it’s also time for me to publish my predictions for the playoffs, so we can all look at them and...
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My San Jose Sharks Hall of Fame picks

I had coffee with an old friend this last week, and we spent half of the time chatting about an upcoming (redacted) but much of the time was talking about the Sharks, now and into the past. Not surprising when you realize that Laurie and I did 20 years of season...
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Does this new Oakland Stadium Proposal have a chance?

In a word, no. We’ve hit the point where the latest attempt to find a way to replace the aging (and decrepit) facilities for the Raiders and Athletics has been formally submitted to the City for consideration. It will soon be made public officially, and soon after...
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NHL Playoffs 2017: Stanley Cup Final prediction

Two teams left. Seven games maximum. Everything since October has led to this. Nashville is in the finals for the first time. Pittsburgh is attempting to repeat as winner, which hasn't happened in 20 years. Both are great teams. Both are full of great stories. This...

2017 Playoffs Predictions: 2nd round

The first round of the playoffs had some amazing hockey. It also had 18 overtime games showing a parity in the league that is crazy in a good way. And the Sharks lost to Edmonton, deserved to, and I was really impressed by the Oilers team and their ability to adapt...

2016 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

NHL 2017 Playoff Predictions It’s that time of year again, where the NHL regular season has ended and the playoffs are about to begin. As is my tradition, it’s also time for me to publish my predictions for the playoffs, so we can all look at them and...

My San Jose Sharks Hall of Fame picks

I had coffee with an old friend this last week, and we spent half of the time chatting about an upcoming (redacted) but much of the time was talking about the Sharks, now and into the past. Not surprising when you realize that Laurie and I did 20 years of season...

NHL Playoff Predictions, 2016 2nd round

The first round of the NHL playoffs are done for 2016, and overall I did pretty well in predictions, going 5-3. My misses were picking the Rangers (who looked lost), the Ducks (who looked really good until game 7, opened flat and never quite recovered) and Chicago,...

2015-16 NHL Playoff Predictions

As is tradition around here, it's time to embarass myself by attempting to predict the NHL playoffs. So herewith is my official bracket. Over time, if you exclude my tendency to pick the Sharks to win things out of loyalty, my success rate is between 60-70%, which...

Camp Opens (finally)

As I write this training camp has finally opened and the Sharks are about to travel to Vancouver for a pre-season game as part of Kraft Hockeyville. Hockey is around the corner once again. It’s been an off-season of big changes. Todd McClellan is out, Peter...

Are the Sharks a Playoff Team?

Are the Sharks a Playoff Team in 2015-2016? The dust has settled and we’re starting to gear up for training camp. The drafts is one, the free agency period complete, the key free agents signed, and so now we can take a step back and ask… Are the San Jose Sharks a...

The Sharks Hire Peter DeBoer

The Sharks coaching sweepstakes are done, and Peter DeBoer is the winner. Or the loser -- time will tell. David Pollack in his Working the Corners got a chance to dig in with some of the basic questions with the new coach. DeBoer was most recently coach of the New...

Thoughts on the next Shark head coach

So Babcock ended up in Toronto, which surprised me a bit at the time but in hindsight, not really. And McClellan ended up in Edmonton, which didn't surprise me at all. Now that Babcock has settled into his new challenge, I expect the rest of the coaching positions to...

2015 Playoff Predictions

The Final Tally About ten days ago I did some napkin scribbling and ended up predicting the following finish to the season for the teams fighting for the western playoffs: Calgary: 97 points and third seed in the Pacific Winnipeg: 96 points and 2nd Wildcard seed Los...