I answered a handful of questions during my flight from Vancouver to Toronto (I wasn’t traded to Pension Plan Puppets, I’m sorry) for your reading pleasure. You can find them below with the accompanying tweets that spawned them. Enjoy.
@fearthefin what 1st round playoff matchup should the Sharks be gunning for?— Trent McNamara (@TrentMcNamara) February 3, 2017
Frankly, the Sharks should be comfortable with just about anyone they get in the first round. That being said ... I wouldn’t mind seeing the Oilers or the Canucks in the first round. If the season ended today, San Jose would play the Kings. That’s a series I think the Sharks win, but it’s not my first choice.
@fearthefin If the Sharks can only retain one of Thornton or Marleau next year, who would you keep and why?— Justin V. (@GreenManV) February 3, 2017
FALSE CHOICE! They should be able to keep both next season, but if they can only keep one I think it should be Thornton because his possession game is devastatingly important to the team. That being said, if Marleau keeps piling up goals the way he is that decision would become a whole lot tougher.
@fearthefin When Donskoi is healthy enough to rejoin the lineup, who's spot should he take and why?— Justin V. (@GreenManV) February 3, 2017
Well Ryan Carpenter is the guy who will lose his spot in the lineup by my estimation, but Donskoi won’t be playing as the fourth line center. I expect Donskoi will rejoin Logan Couture on the second line ... though perhaps head coach Pete DeBoer likes what he’s seen enough from the second line that Donskoi goes to the third line instead?
@fearthefin Greatest players in franchise history? Nolan, Thornton, Marleau, Berns, Little Joe?— Stumpy OT Winner (@theroadcrowd) February 3, 2017
Oh boy. I’ll make this the greatest Sharks ever to rule out guys who were great players but not as Sharks (we’ll call it the ‘eff you, Teemu,’ rule, because I’m petty). In no particular order ... please don’t yell at me ... Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Owen Nolan, Evgeni Nabokov, Owen Nolan and Marc-Edouard Vlasic would be my top five. Pavelski just misses the cut. Oh, and in fairness to @theroadcrowd he corrected his Burns typo in his next tweet.
@fearthefin would the Sharks trade for a veteran here late in the year to add some roster strength for playoffs?— Donny Sell (@DonnySell10) February 3, 2017
Absolutely they would. They traded for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling last year and thought it was a good idea. Should they? Almost certainly not based on how good the team already is and what they’ve got cooking on the Barracuda.
@fearthefin Thoughts on Donskoi? Part of the future? Or expendable? All of this young talent coming up is making things interesting— Pidgey Williams (@PaytonFence) February 3, 2017
I think he’s very much part of the immediate future and is less expendable than someone like Joel Ward who is more expensive and produces at about the same rate. The Sharks have guys coming up, but Donskoi isn’t the guy San Jose should be looking at shipping out when someone like Danny O’Regan or Nikolay Goldobin breaks the roster; at least, not in my opinion.
@fearthefin besides pride and playoffs, what's the real incentive for Sharks to stay #1 in the division?— Antifa ⚾ (@jollywhiskey) February 4, 2017
More home games can only be a good thing for the organization (unless the Sharks continue to not sell out playoff games, which I guess is a possibility). More money should mean more investment and that should be a good thing for the fans in the long run. Plus, home-ice does make a difference, if only a small one, in the postseason. DeBoer might not match lines in the regular season, but he’ll do it in the playoffs.
@fearthefin how will Toronto seriously solve it's traffic congestion problem— David Cox (@davidcox123) February 4, 2017
Either cut the streetcar bullshit and get serious about investing in the subway system or restrict car traffic on roads with streetcars. All this half-assing is only making the problem worse for everyone. Your highways are screwed, I can’t help you there. Just blow them up and start over.