Former Sharks television analyst Drew Remenda returned to San Jose Thursday in advance for his Hockey Night in Canada broadcast from HP Pavilion on Saturday evening.
Remenda is biding his time nowadays serving as the most popular talk show host in the entire province of Saskatchewan and doing his color work for CBC.
Even though he has hit the big time, Remenda still fondly looks back to his time in Silicon Valley. Like players who retire, it is not the game he misses the most.
“I miss being around everyone,” said Remenda. “Trying not to laugh on the plane after losses. The inside jokes. I didn’t leave here for Hockey Night in Canada. I left for my family and Hockey Night came after.”
There are some similarities between Remenda’s current and former employers.
“I can’t tell you how great the guys are at CBC,’ said Remenda. “Like the Sharks, they are trying to make me successful. It is the same philosophy. They are so gracious and just tell me to be myself. I’m not in my comfort zone yet. Sometimes I’m in awe.”
Despite watching one of the Sharks more difficult performances of the season, Remenda likes what he sees of the current San Jose club.
“They are just as good as Anaheim,” said Remenda. “That’s how good they can be.”
GOOD FOLLOWED BY BAD
After a brilliant performance in their last win against the Ducks, the Sharks were shutout for their third defeat in their last six home games.
“I don’t know what it was,” said Joe Thornton
. “We didn’t see the urgency we did with Anaheim.”
“We were a second too later everywhere,” said Scott Hannan. “In there end, in ours and in the neutral zone.”
San Jose is one of the top forechecking clubs in the NHL, but that wasn’t the case Thursday night.
“Our bread and butter is the forecheck and we didn’t sustain it for long periods,” said Thornton. “Sometimes when we chipped the puck in, we didn’t retrieve it well. There were no smart dump-ins and that lead to no offense.”
What was seen on the night were the Sharks shots on Dallas’ Marty Turco, who shut Team Teal out for the second time in as many contests.
“He is a good goalie and if he sees every shot he will stop them, and he saw every one,” said Thornton. “You have to pick the corners and get traffic in front.”
“We have to make him make hard saves,” said Hannan. “We have to get in front and get rebounds.”
Dallas held San Jose off with a one-goal lead earlier this month in Texas and they were more than comfortable with a two-goal lead.
“They are good enough to close out a 2-0 lead in the third,” said Thornton.
San Jose will hope to fix their on-again and off-again home effort Saturday night.
“It’s puzzling the last few weeks,” said Hannan. “We’ve played one well and then one not so well. All these home games are so important and we can’t afford to let them slip away.”
So what is the answer?
“Some veterans have to lead better and some younger players have to prepare better,” said Ron Wilson.
All three contests between San Jose and Dallas have been shutouts with Dallas taking two and San Jose one. This marked the first time Team Teal was shutout at home this season.