I found the Dudes on Hockey podcast over a year and a half ago and have listened to Mike and Doug's coverage of the Sharks ever since. There's a lot to like about these guys' approach to their favorite team. They are full of knowledge about their team, the Pacific Division and the rest of the league, yet they never seem to take themselves too seriously. Check them out at dudesonhockey.com.
PensInitiative asked them for their thoughts on the Sharks' offseason and the future. - Brian
|Dan Boyle: Gone, Baby, Gone|
DOH: The Sharks resigned Scott Hannan and Mike Brown, brought in John Scott and let go their heart and soul Stanley Cup winning defensemen, Dan Boyle. These were major improvements. This is also sarcasm.
PI: What is the biggest surprise this off-season?
DOH: Doug Wilson cast himself as The Final Girl in every classic 80's horror flick. He ran around screaming in a towel. He declared the Sharks are a "tomorrow team", tried to trade his franchise star and failed, then walked it back and says the team should make the playoffs and the summer went as expected...and now he's lying down with a cold compress on his head.
PI: What would be one change (or more) you would have made?
DOH: After the epic playoff meltdown, we were down for making a clean break with this roster. Go with young players with no placeholders like Hannan, Brown and Scott. Now it's the same roster only weaker.
PI: Any players your team passed on this summer you would have liked on the team?
DOH: Spending a combined 2M on John Scott and Mike Brown seems ludicrous while players like Paul Bissonette are getting PTO's and young "talented" players like Michael DelZotto signed for 1.3M.
PI: Who, do you think, is going to be your “dark horse,” break-out player this year?
|Nieto (w/ Kennedy): |
10G, 14A in 66 Games
PI: Any rookies you see making the team?
DOH: If Mirco Mueller doesn't make the team out of camp, it will be labeled a disappointment.
PI: What is your team’s biggest need this season?
PI: I know it’s early but any trade deadline predictions?
DOH: Joe Thornton and Antti Niemi are both former Sharks by the trade deadline
PI: What are your predictions for your team this year?
DOH: First round playoff loss.
|Unfortunately, this is a common theme at the end |
of Sharks seasons, despite largely successful
regular season campaigns.