San Jose Sharks Will Advance To the Third Round

April 30th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
A bold statement to be sure, but a month ago I picked them to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Cup Final.

San Jose is a team whose time has come, mostly because it has to. Several key members of the San Jose team will be entering free agency this offseason and are literally playing for their lives.

Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Evgeni Nabokov, Rob Blake, Jed Ortmeyer, and 17 others may in fact find themselves playing for other teams next season.

There is little chance, of course, of the Sharks losing all of those players. They will lose some, and among those who will almost certainly be departing is the longtime Shark and former captain Marleau.

Marleau was a late scratch for last night's Game One of their second round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

"He had been fighting the flu for the past 24 hours," Sharks coach Todd McLellan explained. "His temperature was at a point where it was dangerous for him to play. It wasn't healthy, and we sure won't risk his health for that for one night. We missed him, but I thought the rest of the team stepped up and filled in admirably." San Jose came out o ...

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