I’m still getting over the news that Patrick Marleau is not coming back to the Sharks.
The news hit me and even though I knew there was a chance he might leave, I didn’t know how I would be able to handle the reality of it.
It’s an off feeling because I had been preparing myself for this for a while. It seemed like every offseason for the past decade was filled with rumors whether or not the Sharks would blow up the team, thus moving on from Marleau. But every year the team kept him around and I was hopeful that they would win the Stanley Cup last year. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Still, I always thought that if Marleau were to leave the Sharks, it would be a front office move. I never thought Marleau would leave on his own accord. I always believed that he would want to stay here for the remainder of his career.
But here we are and Marleau has taken a deal with the Maple Leafs that would pay him some good money the Sharks couldn’t compete with. (His new teammate Auston Matthews wasn’t even born when Marleau was drafted in 1997.)
The San Jose Sharks announced that they will be using these new secondary logos for the upcoming campaign. They confirmed that these will not be used on uniforms but for various marketing and merchandising opportunities.
I don’t even know what the point is other than for money. I hope it doesn’t mean that somewhere down the line this might become the primary or the team may be emphasizing more white and less orange.
Overall, the logos are fine but it feels disconnected to the current team’s identity. But as long as it doesn’t make its way to the uniforms, I am OK with it. I guess…
The final handshakes.
The hardest thing about about being an NHL fan is that the road to the Stanley Cup is so hard. And being a Sharks fan, it’s even harder. There is no history of the team having won it. Their past playoff success had been limited. The West Coast isn’t much of a hockey country.
Yet what the Sharks did this past season was something to be cherished. After a heartache of an exit two years ago, the team entered the season with a new coach, new goalie, new faces and not a high expectation. They didn’t look so great in December and it sure didn’t seem like they would make it far.
The team rallied and found their way into the playoffs playing some of the best hockey. The power play was amazing. The passing was crisp. Martin Jones played at an elite level. And finally, the team made it to the Stanley Cup Final. In 25 years, the first trip was so sweet.
But it was not meant to be. It wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was going to be a fight and in the end, the Penguins were better. It sucks because we may never know what the future holds and if the Sharks will ever sniff this glory in the near future. I believe that one day they will. But I don’t know when. I will cherish what they did this year. It was the best they ever did and I hope that maybe even next year, they’ll finally reach the top.
I haven’t been to a Sharks game in some time and the last time I attended a Sharks playoff game was back in 2007.
Getting to the game was a journey since I drove up to San Jose the day of Game 4. The city was buzzing with people all wearing Sharks gear and the place was excited for the game. As I got to the SAP Center they had different little booths for photos, prizes, music and even the stage was set for NBCSN where fans and cameramen were around.
Inside the arena was pretty nice. But there was a sense of uncertainty. After all, this is the first time the Sharks have been here.
But once we got to our seats, the hype was real strong as the introductions came and Metallica performed.
They aren’t losers anymore. The San Jose Sharks no longer have to bear the weight and burden of the struggles in years past. In their 25th year, they are finally going to the Stanley Cup Final.
You can take a look back at how this team had the President’s Trophy but didn’t win the championship. Or even the time where they were underachieving every time they were predicted to win it all. Or even the sour taste from two years ago when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the rival Los Angeles Kings.
And in a year when they weren’t even considered a favorite with a new head coach, they now have a great chance of winning the Stanley Cup.
Since 2011, the San Jose Sharks have worn their black jerseys for all their playoff home games. A change was in the works to go back to teal last season but they missed the playoffs. Now that the Sharks are back in the playoffs, it was confirmed by the team that teal is back. All teams must designate one home set and one away set for the playoffs.
This is a big deal for the Sharks as they are the only team in the league with teal as the primary color. Adding to the fact that the other two California teams wear black as their primary, some separation from that would be great.
The teal is a great color for the Sharks and they need to embrace that identity. It may not mean anything in terms of on-ice success, but they will at least look good.
The Sharks’ inaugural uniform set was really good. In fact, it was so good I kind of wish they were around. Well, it looks like they could be coming back according to this leak.
Aside from the collar with the league logo, it looks nearly exactly like what they wore back then.
As the Sharks are celebrating their 25th year in the league, something like this makes sense and it works out real well. Good job, Sharks.