Sharks demote Bernier, Carle
Defenseman Matt Carle and right wing Steve Bernier have had different problems recently, but they were dealt the same fate Tuesday: a ticket to the minors.The general consensus with these moves is that they are (a) short-term ones, and (b) to "send a message."
The message being: "Don't ever lose 8-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes."
The interesting tidbit from The Mercury News article on the demotions, however, comes in a quote from Sharks coach Ron Wilson, as he gives his reasons for the decision to demote Bernier in particular:
"I know people will say, look at his numbers," Ron Wilson said of Bernier. "But we keep all these other numbers that you never see on the stat sheet in the newspaper and they're bad. We've been talking to him and we haven't gotten the response we've needed. Now he can go down there and focus on those details, plain and simple."Wilson's penchant for his own quirky stats is well-known: He's a new-school coach who uses a computerized database to compile otherwise unavailable numbers on his team.
And, so, we have our answer to the question of 'why was Bernier demoted?'
The computer did it.