Enjoying the Ride

A playoff atmosphere has come early in 2012

For San Jose Sharks fans, this certainly isn’t a time of the year that we wanted to be filled with tension and drama. At the very least, this isn’t the type of drama that we would have liked.  Sure, a division race would be okay, and jockeying for seeds and rankings is a yearly occurrence for any team, but that isn’t what we have had. Nope.  It has been a nightly grind, as the Sharks have flirted, for the first time in years, with the dreaded 8 spot. It has been a tension and drama having to do with elimination that Leafs or Jackets fans would kill for, but that we would rather save for a month down the line once the Stanley Cup Playoffs have begun. Continue reading

Tips for the Cup; Part 2

The trade deadline has passed, and the playoffs are coming up, but that doesn’t mean that the contenders, as well as the non-contenders won’t be able to make adjustments as we go down the stretch run as they attempt to bring home the Stanley Cup. For the teams at the top of the league, it will be small adjustments in order to gear up for an immediate run, for others it will be something that will allow them to get into Cinderella’s carriage, and for some it will be ways that they can gear up for 2012-2013 and beyond.

Luckily, I have some ideas for all 30 teams as to how they can point their franchise in the right direction to get hockey’s holy grail, be it this June, or a few years down the line.

On Monday, we started out by giving practical, reasonable advise to the bottom third of the league as they look to build for the future.  Today, we will look at the middle portion, most of which will be eager to make a run at the cup, but not at the expense of their longer term goals.

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Tips for the Cup; Rebuilding Edition

The trade deadline has passed, and the playoffs are coming up, but that doesn’t mean that the contenders, as well as the non-contenders won’t be able to make adjustments as we go down the stretch run as they attempt to bring home the Stanley Cup. For the teams at the top of the league, it will be small adjustments in order to gear up for an immediate run, for others it will be something that will allow them to get into Cinderella’s carriage, and for some it will be ways that they can gear up for 2012-2013 and beyond.

Luckily, I have some ideas for all 30 teams as to how they can point their franchise in the right direction to get hockey’s holy grail, be it this June, or a few years down the line.

Today, let’s start with the teams that don’t have much of a shot in 2012, and will be looking to build a winner in the future.

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Andrew Wolinski – 2012 MLB Preview

Andrew Wolinski, OV Sports’s resident jaded Mets fan makes his return to the pages of OVS to preview the 2012 baseball season.  He will get to some thoughts from around the league, looking at a couple of changes and some potential contenders, and make a few predictions (with a world series winner that could suprise a few people), but really after looking at the state of his Mets, he just wishes that it was 2013 already.

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