The following isn’t going to make Ottawa Senators fans feel any better about their team’s woeful situation. Well, maybe, it will. Just a little.
Interesting piece from Mark Purdy in the San Jose Mercury News, writing about the fact that the Sharks Big Three of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and — you guessed it — Dany Heatley have been awfully mediocre.
None of the three are going to the All-Star Game. None of the three is lighting up scoreboards. And, not coincidentally, the Sharks are not sitting pretty, currently sitting outside of the playoff picture after a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week.
Ottawa’s Dan Boyle, who will be joining former 67′s star Logan Couture at All-Star Game festivities, addressed the low-key attitude Thornton, Marleau and Heatley usually carry.
“I’m not going to throw guys under the bus,” Boyle said. “Everybody’s different. Some guys like myself are intense. Some guys, Jumbo (Thornton), have more of a mellow approach to the game. I don’t care which way you approach it, but when the puck drops it’s time to work. And I think we’ve cheated at times there. ”
Purdy concludes his column with this … “So really, it still comes down to the Thwarted Three. They need to end the staleness and inspire the rest of the roster. I am convinced that the Olympics brought energy to the Sharks last season. That energy must be found again for 38 more games. If they think my theory is wrong, fine. They have half a season left to prove it.”