The San Jose Sharks were undoubtedly happy to see Brent Burns back in the lineup, and so should fantasy managers. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks Talk, Plus Blackhawks, Penguins on Sports Byline

Recently yours truly hopped on Sports Byline USA to talk about the San Jose Sharks and the rest of the NHL. Do you get the same vibe about the Sharks […]

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Demers Trade Signals Sharks Still In Win Now Mode

Win Now Move Just a few days ago, I wrote that we will find out by the trade deadline what San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson really thinks about his […]

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Marleau & Nieto Unfairly Criticized

Marleau Is Still the Man While it would be naïve to think any NHL team completely ignores analytics and sample size limitations, sometimes it seems like many in the business […]

2014 Start of Season Statistical Outliers

2014 Start of Season Statistical Outliers

As teams approach the 20-game mark we are at an interesting point in the season from an analytics point of view. We start to have a solid idea of what […]

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How Does Doug Wilson Really Feel? Deadline Will Tell Us

To Rebuild Or Not To Rebuild “The rebuild is committed to.” “We’re a tomorrow team.” “One step back to go two steps forward.” “Status quo is not an option.” These […]

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Shark Sighting: Tyler Kennedy Bound to Bounce Back

Inexplicably Scratched Tyler Kennedy is an incredibly talented hockey player. Yet the San Jose Sharks and their head coach Todd McLellan inexplicably scratched him for the entire playoffs last year […]

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Opposites Attract: Blues and Devils Meet in Home-and-Home Series

The story of Edward Scissorhands captivated its audience in 1990. How this soft-spoken young man could win the heart of Kim, a normal girl with a normal life, was something […]

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Early Season Calder Watch: Top 10 Rookie Contenders

The 2014-2015 NHL season is only a few weeks old, but the race for the Calder Memorial Trophy is already starting to heat up. This year’s rookie draft class is […]

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Chill Out, Hockey Is A Winter Sport

Is there a Stanley Cup hangover in Los Angeles? What’s happened to the Bruins? Is this the same King Henrik?   Everyone stop. Stop this madness. It’s ridiculous. Yes, now […]

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Vlasic’s Norris Candidacy Lies in McLellan’s Hands

Way back in the day, this wee lad projected Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to win a Norris trophy for most outstanding defenseman (written as a teenager, please excuse the excessive […]

Champs, Mosts, Worsts, & Firsts: Your THW Preseason Predictions Game

Champs, Mosts, Worsts, & Firsts: Your THW Preseason Predictions Game

You know what would make preseason predictions even better? Turning them into a contest to see who’s the best at it. So that’s what we did. Seventeen THW writers participated, […]

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Antti Niemi certainly proved that he was worth the money during his solid 2012-2013 NHL season. (Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

Niemi Earns Second Straight Start After Shutout

Last season a number of followers assumed I was “anti-Niemi” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a big fan of both Niemi and backup goaltender Alex Stalock. […]