San Jose Sharks Rumors
Seems like every NHL season there are a ton of San Jose Sharks rumors, mainly circulating captain Joe Thornton and the rest of the aging stars that complete this San Jose Sharks hockey team.
This season though, you would have to be a biased pucking prick living in the past to think the Sharks have “chocked” this season.
San Jose surprised everybody by starting the lockout-shortened 2013 season with a seven-game winning streak. Sure, they followed that streak with a seven-game skid, but nonetheless, this season, when the Sharks were playing well, there was a sense of toughness and grittiness and an energy that was not so apparent in previous seasons.
The Sharks were very active at the trade deadline where they shipped Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe, and Michael Handzus out in return for Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan. When these trades happened all the Sharks critics came out of the wood work stating how they traded away all of their “toughness”.
Last I checked, Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe and Michael Handzus haven’t been so “tough” during the playoffs. Did Clowe even play any playoff games with the Rangers? Yeah, that’s what I pucking thought.
In the playoffs, San Jose swept the overrated Vancouver Canucks then found themselves playing in the Western Conference Semifinals against the reigning Stanley Cup champs, Los Angeles Kings. Where it took 7 games before the Sharks were bounced from the playoffs.
Not because they “choked” but because they couldn’t beat a very good Jonathan Quick. I mean, can anybody beat him!? Yeah, he’s that pucking good!
Nevertheless, the Sharks stars are still aging and this 2013 NHL Draft will be a very important draft in terms of the Sharks future. Sure they have Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski starting to emerge but as far as young talent goes, they don’t have any despite those two guys.
It has been rumored that 19-year-old Tomas Hertl, a first-rounder in the 2012 NHL Draft, could join the team as early as next year, but in general, the team lacks a great deal of younger talent coming in. Which makes this upcoming 2013 and 2014 NHL Draft VERY important.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been the face of the franchise. Both, who will be 34 years old by the time the 2013-14 season begins, have one year left on their contracts and GM Doug Wilson is going to start thinking about their role in San Jose’s future. Maybe he will resign them each to a one year extension depending on how the team fairs in the 2013-2014 season.
Regardless though there’s a 24 year old stud in the making waiting to take over the reigns. This season, 24-year-old Couture emerged, becoming a core member of the team and likely earning his position as the club’s future leader.
Meanwhile players like Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Brent Burns, all in their prime, have began taking on greater leadership roles alongside the young center. While they have things to improve upon, this group really seems to be coming together.
Goaltending is no issue as Antti Niemi is up for the Vezina Trophy. He posted a 1.87 goals-against-average and .930 save percentage in the playoffs. I wonder what GM Doug Wilson was thinking when he offered Niemi to Philadelphia in exchange for James Van Reimsdyk? Beats the puck out of me!
So if you’re one of those biased living in the past fans give your head a shake. The Sharks were expected to blow up the team last off-season and they didn’t. Yes, I was one to believe they would, instead they kept the group together and they played great during the regular season.
On top of that they played very well in the playoffs as captain Joe Thornton stepped up when he had to. Sure they could have used more of him in game 7 vs LA but he’s not the reason why the Sharks got bounced from the playoffs.
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re a die hard Sharks fan be happy about what this squad did this season and hope for a successful draft in this upcoming season. Because this team can compete and their time is coming.
And hey! It could be worse! The Sharks could have traded all of their young players for an overrated Rick Nash and puck themselves for the next 5+ years! *cough RANGERS cough*
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