To say the San Jose Sharks are having a poor season would be putting it mildly. A team not used to be so far outside the playoff picture, there’s a great deal of negative buzz surrounding the team, trade possibilities and questions about the future. NHL insider and Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman shed a little light on the team in his most recent Saturday Headlines report.
Despite a poor season that will likely see the Sharks as sellers for this year’s NHL Trade Deadline, Friedman reports the team is not ready to shake up their core group, and are treating this like one previous season they had where they felt a similar urge to do so, didn’t and went to the Stanley Cup Finals the next season.
First Friedman revealed the Sharks intend to stand firm with their key group and are hoping a few small changes will pop them right back into contention next season. Essentially, the team will ride out the bumpiness of this current journey and then make small fixes.
“San Jose, there’s been a lot of take about what the Sharks will do… Sharks have let it be known they will look at this the way they looked at 2014 – 2015, the last season they missed the playoffs. The following season they went to the Stanley Cup Final, that is their goal to continue to contend for next year. They don’t plan on removing any of their core.”
What Changes Will the Sharks Make?
So, while San Jose might not be dumping big names like Evander Kane, Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns or even Joe Thornton, a couple of smaller moves might be possible.
Friedman specifically mentioned the names Brenden Dillon and Melker Karlsson, because both are coming up for unrestricted free agency next season. “I think there is a lot of interest in Dillon, potentially even a team like Toronto kicking the tires there,” Friedman said.
San Jose will be an intriguing team to watch, just maybe not as active as some might think considering their current record.
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