yep, because it's not like he hasn't had a whole bunch of other playoff/crunch time/high pressure situations where he hasn't come through. But those don't matter. One bad, current stretch and he's automatically worthless and expendable.
I really think everyone needs to step away from the keyboard and come back tomorrow when they've gotten their **** together.
I agree, Pavs did **** up this post season but every other playoffs that the rest of these guys didnt show up Pavs did. I'm not defending his performance in these playoffs, but id rather see 98% of this team go before him.
I never really watched him until this series. It's crazy to think he gets all the blame.
I think Marleau is the only piece that I would say needs to go. I think the Sharks can do better. Could they trade him perhaps?
Thornton drags the team, kicking and screaming, through multiple rounds over the past few years, but still people still wait for the handshake line so they can laugh about "no show Joe"
Originally Posted by Chokers Gonna Choke
Apart from that killer series against the Red Wings he hasn't done jack squat in the playoffs.
Dallas series a few years ago, he was solid in the Olympics, that Red Wings series. He's a useful versatile player. But I guess if we're blaming players, why not blame everyone. Hell, Blame Couture too. this was his 3rd playoffs and the team has done ****-all. He's not a winner and should be traded too, right?
I'm actually not going to argue this anymore. Not much point in arguing with people blinded by rage.
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Pavelski is definitely not 100%. He was never the same after that one hit about midway past the allstar break.
I always expect Marleau to be injured, but he's always the guy who never needs surgery or repair in the offseason. Last year he had me pissed when all he had was bumps and bruises, especially with the way he went AWOL during the Detroit series.
Niemi really doesn't deserve the hate he's getting. He came up HUGE so many times in this series. This fanbase is extremely ungrateful. Almost every goal the Sharks have let in in this series have been a result of McLellan having the coaching ability of a toddler. He was our MVP this series. Yes, more than Thornton.
joe thornton played his heart out. feel terrible for him. 5pts in 5games in playoffs VS 0pts in 4games regular season. to me, that means he stepped up. haters will hate but you are flat our wrong if you hate on him.
niemi, who played fantastic for 2/3 of the game, did what niemi does. has a complete brain fart and costs us the game. if that was saved like it routinely should have been, it could still be 1-0 sj and both teams headed to the tank for monday.
the team is too slow, and could not get shots through for the life of them. that needed to be addressed. maybe it was as they found that soft spot at the top of the circles tonight, but it shoulda been adressed by game 2 or 3 latest.
i thought pavelski was absolutely horrendous all series. marleau as well, although i thought marleau played a strong game tonight. you cant win a playoff series when 2 of your top 5 players dont draw a single point in a 5 game playoff series. very frustrating to see that $17 million go down the drain.
i dont believe the window has completely shut on this core. i think if DW builds a team around thornton, burns, vlasic, couture and focus on speed, and get a true sniper, that there can be success. i still believe thornton has a LOT to offer. 33 is not young in the NHL, but hes got 3 more solid years left in him IMHO.
i love dan boyle's heart and passion, i would miss him dearly, but i would shop him considering his NTC is modified this summer before he cant bring in a solid return.
koala and his assistants need to be fired. system and pk and pp failed us. simple as that. i think koala can have success elsewhere, and ive always liked him, but a change is needed because a new system is needed. the assistants? - beer leaguers.
an upgrade is needed in net. need a goalie who is better positionally, is less erratic, a good puck handler, and has ANY rebound control.
overall, i am deeply saddened by this loss. i felt we had this game and niemi took the wind out of our sails. disappointing season to say the least, but i will look forward to next year.
despite this massive post, i still dont know if it's sunk in yet.
]Niemi really doesn't deserve the hate he's getting. He came up HUGE so many times in this series.[/B] This fanbase is extremely ungrateful. Almost every goal the Sharks have let in in this series have been a result of McLellan having the coaching ability of a toddler. He was our MVP this series. Yes, more than Thornton.
THIS. He is the one that kept us in it. And we almost survived too. JT showed up, how 'bout the rest of the team.