Okay, so this news is kind of old, but I have been a little bit busy this past week or so. For starters, I was out of town and completely away from my computer the entirety of last weekend, and even bleeding into Monday night. I logged off of the internet at 12:30 pm Friday, July 30th and didn’t log back on until August 3rd sometime around 11 pm. It was a nice break from the world of the internets.
Since then I have been catching up on the news, watching too many television shows via the internet, and reading the book “Blood’s a Rover,” which I finished last night. It was bloodcurlingly violent heartachingly depressive. When I finished I did not want to put it down, not because I wanted to keep reading (the story was completely finished, there was nothing more to tell or to read) but because by holding onto the book I was able to stay there in its world just a little bit longer. It does not matter that that world is violent and barbaric–people get scarred, dismembered, raped, murdered–and contains a malfunctioning and spinning moral compass because it is so rich and complex and authentic. The novel is just that, a novel, which means it is fiction, but it feels real. The characters and events all feel real and actual and possible, and they are gutwrenching. Ellroy reaches in, grabs your hearts and intestines, and pulls them out slowly through your mouth. The pain is excruciating, and almost unbearable, but somehow satisfying and compelling, and I did not want to leave it. Alas, I had to eventually set the book down, take a breath, and come to terms with the fact that the “Underword USA Trilogy” is over, and while I can re-visit those characters in the three books of the series, I will never read new about them and whatever violent conspiratorial plot they would have hatched next. It let a little hole inside me that hasn’t quite yet sealed itself up.
What does any of this have to do with Devin Setoguchi signing a one year deal with the San Jose Sharks? Nothing, really, except to say that waiting for Seto and Sharks Management to strike a deal has been a laboriously slow and painfully drawn out process. Seto is an important member of the Sharks, and could very well be part of the next group of core players, along with Pavelski and Couture, and it was frightening to wait and see when we would actually sign him. There really was no true doubt that the Sharks would sign Seto, but the waiting game always raises questions and conjures the spooky phantoms of uncertainty out of nowhere to torment us in the hockey-less hell of summer and cause us to raise questions of doubt about our team and the direction in which they are headed.
Questions such as: “What is Doug Wilson’t problem? Why doesn’t he just sign Seto and get it over with?” or “What is he doing signing Walin for that much when he still needs to make a deal with Setoguchi?”
Thankfully we no longer have to ask those questions because earlier this week Setoguchi and the Sharks reached an agreement, meaning that the Sharks will get to keep Seto for at least one more year. Next year he becomes and UFA, and if he has a great season in the upcoming one his value is likely to skyrocket, but by then the Sharks may have roster spots opening up, what with the Thornton contract set to expire, so they might be able to keep him even longer.
Regardless of what happens after this season, I am glad Setoguchi is in San Jose for one more year, especially because of thing like this: