Thread: Speculation: 2012-2013 Sharks Roster analysis
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03-02-2012, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Gilligans Island View Post
Is it normal for teams to let players coach a PK? Talk about picking the wrong 2 players. I hope DW & TMac recognize the mistake and hire a real defensive assistant coach.

Easy, I know you made the point that the Sharks have never bought a player out but I'd counter that and say Niity and McLaren were effectively treated the same, just stashed in the AHL for the last year of their contracts, yet the Sharks still had to pay their salary. In McLaren's case, I don't think the Sharks could risk buying him out b/c they lacked cap space.

Since Zus has an NMC, the Sharks couldn't stash him in Worcester (without his blessing) so a buyout is their only option. I think the Sharks will think long and hard about buying him out.
It's more normal for players to do PP on some teams. When the TM gave PK to Zeus and Mitchell, it was the first time that I heard of players doing PK although I know of some teams that give PK specialists heavy input. The Sharks gave PP to JT under RW.

I agree that the Sharks need a real defensive assistant. I don't think that a coach is living in the present day if he is advocating a passive defensive zone strategy which Shaw has. The passive strategy got killed when they expanded the offensive zones. The Sharks aren't entirely passive, but become so rapidly on scrambles.

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