Where does the time go?
It seems just like yesterday, in the fall of 2006, that Marc-Edouard Vlasic cracked the San Jose Sharks’ lineup as a 19-year-old rookie, making the jump straight from Canadian Major Junior right into the NHL and looking like he belonged.
Seven NHL seasons later — seven! — Vlasic is a 26-year-old veteran on a team where his presence is being felt more than ever both on and off the ice.
Anchoring the top pairing with Justin Braun, Vlasic is asserting himself, matching up with the opposition’s top forwards and making calm and confident decisions with the puck.
- Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com
It will be tough to ignore the Raiders for much longer, they are going to be proving to the world that they should not be shrugged off. The Raiders are an up and coming team, now we just have to wait for them to hit the field to prove it. Reggie might be putting himself out there with his supreme confidence, but when it pays off he is going to have a pretty damn good view.
- Marcus Allen Krause, Silver and Black Pride
Duration aside, though, Crabtree’s injury does indeed hurt them in that one significant way: He was Colin Kaepernick’s go-to guy, clearly, regularly, persistently. He targeted Crabtree 99 times, 35 times more than any other wide receiver, and we needn’t remind you of the last four downs of the Super Bowl.
And Kaepernick must now prepare for a new life with Anquan Boldin and A.J. Jenkins and Mario Manningham. Or he must learn to love tight end Vernon Davis, who was Kaepernick’s second-favorite choice but was still targeted less than half as often.
- Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area