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I am a student at Northeastern University in Boston, and currently write for the Patriot Ledger, a daily paper that circulates in Quincy on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Last year I spent 10 months working for the Boston Bruins and writing content for their website.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, near San Jose, California, I'm a passionate fan of both hockey and the San Jose Sharks, and look forward to writing about and discussing both in detail as the NHL marches toward what promises to be one of the best playoff years in recent memory.
I'm here not only to talk about the game of hockey, but to dispel any myths remaining about West Coast hockey fans. If anything, the time difference gives US the advantage, and a more comprehensive knowledge of the modern NHL game. While I'll never argue that the average Sharks fan has a better grasp of the game of hockey as played on the ice, I've rarely encountered an fan base on the east coast that is particularly superior to anyone else's. More to come on that in the near future, I'm sure...
So let me get this straight—when Ehrhoff has a big minus and Murray a big plus, it means nothing, but when it behooves you to start counting plus/minus (totally ignoring that new teammates have to learn each other's patterns on defence, too—more proof you know WAY less than you think), it's proof it's the worst defensive line ever. (Regardless of the fact that it was so early in that they are now a +2 line, BEST ON THE TEAM!)
Oh, and I guess you know better than McLellan, too, since he has Murray on the top pair and he's among the team leaders in ice time. And before you tell me how well Ehrhoff is doing (4 pts. and +3), I will say one more time that I KNOW HE IS BETTER THAN MURRAY—THAT'S EXACTLY WHY I SUGGESTED TRADING HIM! Murray had far less value in return...but you've never let what I said get in your way of telling me I believed something else.
So far, this argument (which I extended an olive branch to end, but no, YOU had to punch me one more time—now I will just keep embarrassing you because I'm the enforcer and you're fool enough to disrespect me) is about as one-sided as Donald Brashear's fight with Marty McSorley, and just like the thug did, you have to hit me from behind 'cause you're not man enough to go toe-to-toe...I suggest your next counterpunch be within the terms you agreed to when you signed on to this site and avoid the pathetic vulgarities you use to cover your lack of an intelligent rebuttal.
C'mon, I was so stupid, and yet I turned out to be right. Got nothing to say now? Maybe this explains why if you Google me, I come up the first 20 times, whereas Googling you provides just the one...HERE! Nothing about what was obviously a nothing tole with the Bruins, nothing about your self-proclaimed extertise...nothing to even suggest your opinion that you are now conveniently running from matters.
Yeah, I get five minutes in the box for roughing, but I just made you look like what you are—an amateur wannabe going against a true enforcer. Don't toss the gloves off against Donald Brashear unless you're willing to fight him, and don't expect respect when you run from your claims if you are proven wrong.
Not even gonna pretend to take the high road here....So I'm stupid, huh? My trades had us gaining Mayers and keeping Luko while losing the same players. But I s'pose you're smarter than Wilson, who was widely considered the best GM outside of Detroit until last season's failure.
Next time you deride a man, better make SURE you know better than him!
Ehrhoff is gone now,
And it is sad,
At least with my trade,
We wouldn't have lost Brad.
Michalek is still here,
But he's not Dany,
My trade made us better,
This one sucks fanny.
(Okay, tried too hard with that last rhyme.)
Here is a link to my latest, and I welcome your criticism—I just hope it's constructive this time:
There you go with the pathetic and immature name-calling again. When are you gonna grwo up? I have Boyle gone in two IF WE NEED TO via trade or release because he'll be in his mid-30's. At the very least, he won't be the player he is right now. And I realize McGinn is better, but we've had four good lines and where has it gotten us? I just believe we should try getting two awesome lines and see if we can finally win when it counts. (By the way, a third line with Cheech and Mitchell wouldn't "suck", and the fourth line would have good defence with Nichol and Ortmeyer—most fourth lines are situational, anyway.)
Wilson was always too focused on the future until last season, when he pushed the team into a position to win now. You wanna keep playing for next year like Billy Beane, or do you want to build FOR something? It's about winning Stanley Cups...too bad one apparently has to be a "dope" to understand that. I tried long ago to say we could agree to disagree, but apparently that's not good enough for you, so go ahead and do your lame fire-back because you are too insecure to handle someone having a different opinion than you have.
Oh, and three more things on YOUR lack of reading comprehension (ever heard of the proverb about how when you point your finger, three are pointing back at you? You are very hypocritical):
1. the cap numbers of Heatley vs. Michalek and Ehrhoff are virtually the same, so that trade doesn't put us in any worse cap situation next season.
2. I don't have McGinn active because of his higher cap number than players like ortmeyer and vesce who he is better than so there would be room for active players. In case you understand the cap as poorly as you understand respecting a different opinion, no one in the minors counts against the cap.
3. I only said that roster would have two extra skaters, not three—i.e. there are 22 active players, not 23.
If only you had paid attention...that's what bad reading comprehension is, by the way.
You are talking to me about reading comprehension? You fail to notice that I DON'T CARE ABOUT NEXT SEASON. I am SICK of playing for the future. The future is going to belong to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Sharks are built to win now. We won't have Blake, Boyle, or Nabby in two years. It's now or never.
If it doesn't work, we rebuild. We keep Pavelski and anyone under 30, and let Joe and Patty go when their contracts are up. We might just trade Heatley, too. This is what I'm talking about—it's frustrating talking to you because you assume that anyone who does not agree with you is failing to look into things well. I am doing my research (HockeyBuzz.com is my source for salaries, although a few of the new ones are assumed—I'm sure the Sharks offered Mitchell over $1 million, but Thomas Greiss under $1 million, for instance)—try reading the ENTIRE BODY of my work before making such an assumption...of course, that would require you not jumping to conclusions and actually using a sample bigger than your entire contribution to this community.
I do have more respect for Drew Remenda. Not only has he shown great insight frequently, but he never called anyone a retard publicly. However, I will credit you with not being so disrespectful in this reply...you may notice that the Sens fan who also responded to my post thinks we would not be giving up enough, and like I told him, if people from both sides are saying it's a dumb trade, I must be onto something.
Again, Murray (aside from being the best hitter on a team that has too few of them—I know you do not value this as much as I do) does not make as much as Ehrhoff, nor does he have the trade value—that's why need to give him up. We need scoring—the lack of grit and scoring has killed us every year in the playoffs, and this (in my opinion) necessitates a bolder move. (And at least the draft pick would be lower than a first rounder.) Remember, your point about Cheech is useless to this discussion since I agree that Brian Murray does not want Cheech, nor was I offering him for that reason.
By the way, the other winger on the second line would be Marleau, obviously (Marleau-Pavelski-Clowe—Heatley takes Marleau's spot on the first line and Marleau takes Michalek's on the second line). And after my suggestions, the Sharks would be under cap with two scratched skaters and the full compliment of goaltenders, so I'm not sure what you are saying about tending the net...
So the fact that Wilson offered Ehrhoff and Cheechoo and a first-round pick for Heatley makes him as dumb as me for offering Ehrhoff, I guess...or is my switch of Michalek instead of Cheechoo and a second round pick instead of a first so the deal actually gets done what makes me a "retard", even though your entire argument is that it is Ehrhoff we should not trade...but I'm sure you'll ignore the facts that don't support your view, like all others.
Hi Joe. I became a fan of yours.
You can't see it, but I'm swooning right now.