These Sharks of San Jose are a scary team this post season. They came into the playoffs as probably the hottest team and have continued their hot streak winning five of their first six playoff starts. Last night they proved just how good they are with a convincing 2-0 win on the road against Detroit.
But here is where it gets more scary for me. I don’t think this team is going away any time soon. Regardless of what they do this postseason (and right now it looks like they are playing some of the best hockey out there) this team has the chance to stay almost entirely in tact following this season.
I went to one of my favorite sites (http://www.nhlnumbers.com) last night to take a look at the numbers for the Sharks next year. Bad news if you’re in the Western Conference because the Sharks are getting nearly everyone back…and those that are unrestricted (Rivet and Hannan) are not huge losses for them. Sure if they lost both Rivet and Hannan it would be a blow to their D but I doubt they lose them both and if they did they could reload in free agency themselves.
The bottom line…the Sharks are going to be good for a while.
*I know I did not mention Guerin but he is a rental…if they resign him in the off-season that is just a bonus.
Posted in bill guerin, free agent, hannan, mike grier. joe thornton, rivet, san jose sharks, unrestricted free agent |
The only problem i see in the future is a stalemate similar to last season, when the sharks came out of the gate sluggish and then made the Thornton trade. We had kept all of our Western Conference pieces in tact, but the team just didn’t have it. So, getting stale is a worry on this end of the Pacific.
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