Summer is here, and I’m enjoying a variety of off-season activities, but I’m starting to get a little anxious for training camp to begin.
We’ve had an eventful few weeks in Silicon Valley, what with the exciting NHL Draft in which zero first round picks turned into two promising players; the irrational exuberance displayed by a number of teams during the early stages of unrestricted free agency; the game of musical chairs being played among the NHL rosters; and the release of the schedule, which occurred on July 11th. There is a lot going on. In fact, Sheldon Souray just signed a multi-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
No, the Sharks aren’t lying dormant while the world goes by. They’re meeting with their new players, going over offseason conditioning programs, and are continuing to look to make their already elite team a better one, one that is closer to winning the Stanley Cup. While they haven’t signed any additional free agents at this writing, they have retained the services of one of the very best in the game (Joe Thornton
) and have also locked up the rights to a stabilizing force on defense (Craig Rivet). They have the essence of their entire team coming back, and the moves that they have made have strengthened the organization’s overall health.
Two of those moves involved acquiring the first round draft picks that secured the services of forward Logan Couture
and defenseman Nick Petrecki
in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, when many thought that the first round cupboard would remain bare. Once again, the idea of drafting and developing is of prime importance to the team, and that concept will continue to be key. In fact, you can meet several prospects on sjsharks.com.
|Dan visited world champion Fernando Alonso’s pit area at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. |
I’ve been enjoying the great weather and the off-season, too. Jamie Baker joined me with a group of friends at the United States Grand Prix in June for a fun-filled weekend. We got to visit the McLaren-Mercedes garage, and enjoyed a race that was won by the new sensation of the Formula One world, Lewis Hamilton. World Champion Fernando Alonso finished second, and Vesa Toskala’s friend Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth behind his Ferrari teammate, Felipe Massa. That’s a nice lead-in to this month’s Champ Car San Jose Grand Prix, which will be back for a third year and a great weekend downtown.
Not only are we racing through the summer, but we’re speeding closer to what should be a fantastic season. Enjoy your summer, folks, but keep tuned in to all of the latest news about the NHL and the Sharks, because things are going to be really special.
For Seagate Technology’s “In the Crease,” I’m Dan Rusanowsky.