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08:26 AM ET 09.29 | Todd McLellan promises an attention to jumping quickly out of the gate this season. The Sharks must jump out and win often. Just one catch, though: McLellan's roster makeup, at least on paper, will actually make a fast start more difficult than it was a year ago. And it could end up wearing out the Sharks' top players early on, anyway. ... If McLellan wants to go all-out through October and November, he will surely have to give the top two lines more ice time than usual, to make certain the Sharks are ahead on the scoreboard often and regularly. Right? Wrong, McLellan said the other day. "Whenever we've gotten off to fast starts, it's by using four lines," McLellan said. "And it has to happen again." But can it?

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September 29, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Maybe if they didn't concentrate on October and November; April, May, and June would be a lot more productive.

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September 29, 2011  09:14 AM ET

Glad to see a Sharks mention. I had forgotten they were still in the League.

September 29, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Gotta have four good lines to pull it off though.

September 29, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Gotta have four good lines to pull it off though.

Nah, 2 scoring lines and a checking line. That's all you really need. The other three forwards you just sub in your other lines to rest guys or on a situation basis depending on face-off location etc. Most teams realistically don't have the depth for a defensively responsible 4 line rotation.

September 29, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Gotta have four good lines to pull it off though.

Or in the case of To***to.....fore good lines.

September 29, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe if they didn't concentrate on October and November; April, May, and June would be a lot more productive.

Is that the plan and what works in your household Canuck eh? ?

September 29, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Is that the plan and what works in your household Canuck eh? ?

Should be smaller for C. eh? ?

September 29, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Is that the plan and what works in your household Canuck eh? ?

Sorry Puckhead, you got the wrong rodent.

September 29, 2011  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sorry Puckhead, you got the wrong rodent.

That reminds me...lose the stupid cat Avatar. It just is so not you.

September 29, 2011  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sorry Puckhead, you got the wrong rodent.

That looks like Punxsatawny Phil after Groundhog Day is over.

September 29, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe if they didn't concentrate on October and November; April, May, and June would be a lot more productive.

They're near sighted, Canuck. Can't see that far down the road.

September 29, 2011  12:12 PM ET

Mark Purdy only chimes in occasional articles on the Sharks. He shows how much he pays attention when he talks about last years 4th line for the Sharks who were ineffective and disappeared in the playoffs. The big problems for the Sharks last year were Boyle playing too many minutes during the season (led the NHL in minutes played) and Thornton and Marleau having to burn too many minutes on the penalty kill. Both of those issues have been addressed.

September 29, 2011  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That reminds me...lose the stupid cat Avatar. It just is so not you.

Jerk.........lol!

September 29, 2011  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sorry Puckhead, you got the wrong rodent.

By the way, it looks like a hamster that is on the mouse. Cute idea though.

September 29, 2011  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

By the way, it looks like a hamster that is on the mouse. Cute idea though.

Ah.......there's a lawyer in every crowd! (good eye BF)!

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September 29, 2011  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Glad to see a Sharks mention. I had forgotten they were still in the League.

Well now that they have a few ex-Wild we shall see ocassional Shark threads

September 29, 2011  05:04 PM ET

I think somebody needs to storm PH's room and take away his Photoshop!

 
September 29, 2011  08:32 PM ET

Sharks...meh...wish they still had heatley to bash.

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