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The Daily Chum: I’m ready to get the Sharks’ best players back

Let’s get the real season going already.

Anaheim Ducks v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Sharks were over-matched in the talent department in a 2-0 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday night. While the Ducks played guys like Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, the Sharks had none of their stars as Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Brent Bu— you get the idea. Those guys didn’t play and the kids couldn’t keep up.

That gives some of the players fighting for a roster spot a chance to show what they’re made of, for better and for worse. While Nikolay Goldobin stood out offensively, his hooking penalty and overall lack of a “two-way game” hurt his chances at making the roster. My thoughts on what that cliche means aside, it must be considered when evaluating his shot at sticking with the Sharks.

On the other hand, Tim Heed put up fine possession numbers as did Chris Tierney, Kevin Labanc and Matt Nieto. They did that in mildly sheltered minutes, which is mostly fine because that’s likely what they’ll end up seeing anyway. Labanc’s odds of making the Sharks grow better by the game — I like his chances.

San Jose next plays at Arizona on Friday before wrapping up its preseason slate in Anaheim on Sunday. I expect more cuts will come tomorrow as many of the big guns are set to rejoin the team this weekend. We may not be quite down to opening-night-roster level yet, but we’re getting close.

Listening to hockey on the radio can be a bit of a mixed bag. I think Bret Hedican and Dan Rusanowsky do great work, but I have a very hard time following the action of any NHL game on the radio — perhaps in part because us damn millennials need visuals for everything. Based on Marcus’ tweets, I feel comfortable saying Tuesday night’s game was boring as hell for reasons that went beyond me not being able to see what was happening.

One of the “highlights” was a fight between two guys who have no business playing in the NHL unless it’s to use their fists. Fighting can be dangerous, obviously, but this kind of “staged fight” is so blessedly boring that it alone is a good reason to ban fighting from the league.

The season is now just six days away. It feels like only yesterday I was sobbing into my vintage Dany Heatley jersey, wishing a Philly Cheesesteak only diet on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now it’s time to officially reset and following along as Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau try to keep that trusty window open one season longer.

I’m ready for real hockey. Are we there yet?