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Is it time to blow up the San Jose Sharks?

Apr 21, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

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CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz caught up with Joe Thornton after the San Jose Sharks’ early first round exit (via a 3-1 loss in Game 5) and Jumbo Joe’s sentiment was simple: “[The St. Louis Blues] played great, but it’s a terrible feeling.” Thornton was talking about the five-game series in particular, but it’s tough not to wonder if that terrible feeling might be rooted in that sensation you get when an era is about to come to an end.

(In other words, maybe it’s the hockey answer to “We need to talk …”)

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock was effusive with his praise of the Sharks, claiming that they made a five-game series feel like “a nine-game series.” Thornton’s effort was pretty evident during the series, but one might not say the same for other stars like Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau, who failed to register a single point in the five-game set.

Front office outlook

There’s likely to be the usual round of finger-pointing in San Jose, yet this year might feel different to some. GM Doug Wilson seemed to go all-in by trading for Brent Burns and Martin Havlat, but his trade deadline moves were mediocre at best. (Just watch a Sharks fan cringe when you utter the name “Jamie McGinn.”) Todd McLellan came into town with Red Wings clout and then coached in two series victories against his old employers, but now he’s out of the playoffs in five games just like his old team.

Team structure

If you look at the structure of the Sharks team at CapGeek, you get the feeling that everything is built to last until 2013-14 or so. Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Logan Couture and Dan Boyle‘s deals run out after 2013-14. Meanwhile, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Doug Murray, Jason Demers and Ryane Clowe will need new contracts after 2012-13 while Antti Niemi and Burns are wrapped up a little longer.

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What does that all mean? Breaking up the Sharks would have to come in a series of conscious decisions. Front office people would need to be fired and players would need to be traded or bought out. If that happens, it sounds like it certainly wouldn’t be easy.

Then doesn’t necessarily mean such a decision would be wrong, either, though. What do you think? Should the Sharks make major changes or small tweaks? What exactly should that entail? Fill us in via your witty and revealing comments.

  1. pensswag91 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    It’s just not the playoffs without San Jose losing.

    • jason9696 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      Vancouver as well. Hopefully they’re done later tonight.

      • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        Sadly true. I believe the many years of failing to achieve the ultimate goal has truly gotten into the heads of Sharks and Canucks….and Sens, but they’re still breathing… Not many actually believe any of these three have the fortitude to go all the way…. as proven over and over and over and over.

        Chemistry issues, perennial playoff failure… YES it’s time to change them up.

  2. sharksfan754 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    No they shouldn’t. Clearly they’re landing parise in the off season…. Oh wait that’s the entire fifth of jack Daniels talking

  3. trbowman - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Marleau sucks.

    • eastcoastcynic - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      In the playoffs he sucks, but he’s money during the regular season.

      • dreadpiratesteve - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Money it the regular season? Are you confusing NHL12 w/ the real world?

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Did this jump immediately to anyone else’s mind?

  5. finfan88shark - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Fire Doug Wilson and Todd McLellan, bring in fresh ideas. Find a way to get rid of Patrick Marshmallow. Trade Handzus for a bag of pucks and Boyle for a draft pick. Don’t resign Torrey Mitchell, TJ Galiardi and Dominic Moore. And that would solve a lot of problems.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      In other words, blow up the team.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    3 cancers and you are out: Mclellan, Marleau, and Doug Wilson.

    • habsman - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      You sir are a typical American clown.

      Zero hockey knowledge. Go watch wind surfing or something and leave hockey to the grown-ups.

  7. fruitsareedible - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Like I said in the other thread, if they did anything major, I’d hope it was moving Boyle and Marleau (which will be tough with their NMCs) and landing Suter. Sharks need a true defensive beast. Boyle and Burns are redundant and I think Burns is the better long term player. Offensively just getting another player like Clowe would be nice to have and could be had for a portion of Marleau’s salary, meaning Boyle’s salary and half of Marleau’s could be used to get Suter here.

    And get a coach for our penalty kill because clearly no one knows what they hell they’re doing.

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Following this kind of journalism, every time a team is eliminated from the Stanley Cup tournament, the coach, manager and team are subject to inane scrutiny with an eye to examination of need to be ‘blown-up’…? Following this line of reasoning, 15 teams will be in need of a complete refit by mid-June? Two rules we must abide by: losing teams are bad and winning teams become the flavor of the week; and fans of winning teams are anointed status as prevailing hockey experts, even if they hail from true blue hockey country like the hills of Tennessee…pass me another jar Zeke!

    • hines86for6 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      How many times must you fall on your face before you just quit trying.

      Time to watch the Tigers. You got Prince!

    • hines86for6 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      The Preds beat the Red Wings with their top 2 goal scorers not registering a goal (hornqvist and mike fisher).

      The Preds played the Red Wings game for the entire 3rd period of game 5 i.e. odd man rushes back and forth

      The Preds beat them in that regard.

      Also the Preds won the faceoff battle, hits, takeaways, giveaways, and shots.

      Preds are just better this year. You sound like someone who’s never been south of Louisville in their entire life.

      • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        hines… do you know any other songs little birdie?

      • hines86for6 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Songs take creativity.

        I clearly need none as I am espousing facts.

  9. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    hines86for6: I own property in Florida where I like to winter, so I catch a lot of games at the St. Pete’s Times Forum and Bank Atlantic Centre where much of the fans are like myself, snow birds or tourists from the great white north. I try to make the Derby every May when I can…my brother races horses in Arizona, Arkansas and Luisiana during our winter and in Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg in our spring and summer; we’re big fans of horse racing and hockey. I was in Louisville for the last Breeder’s Cup and it was a fine if not expensive weekend; Santa Anita this year! I love the southern states for their old world charm, language and dialect that is archaic if for no other reason than people tend to stay put and in so doing, hold on to old manner, speech and culture that is rich for its permanence and history, particularly if one gives the state of Tennessee a ‘get out of jail free card’ for its involvement in slavery? As a hockey fan in Canada, we start as all fans do with zero understanding of the game so we’re all equal in that regard…fair dues. We also grow up while involving ourselves in great hockey debates that invariably include hurling exaggerated insults and abuse directed at opposing teams and fans, but it’s all in fun be it in the locker room or in pub; if hockey is a great tradition in Canada, so is the blarney that goes with it! I understand Nashville fans were collectively chanting ‘you suck’ at my Red Wings during the hand shake…I wouldn’t know as I was having my foot surgically removed from my flat panel TV as a result of the Quincy give-away, itself followed by a stick-checked loose puck that landed on Legwand’s stick for the winner; both goals representative of what really happened in the series so spare us the histrionics regarding Predator superiority? Two things: don’t argue the chanting of ‘you suck’ is a tradition on a team barely ten years old, then holler foul when someone is putting the stick in; and don’t take it to heart if people including myself make play on the hillbilly theme; it seems to me Nashville and Music Row have gotten plenty rich working the theme themselves? I’m from red neck country myself and when we play tournaments down east while bringing a bit of rough and tough western hockey, we get the ‘red neck cheethaire’ thing from the Frenchies ad nauseam, but we wear it with pride while countering their flash and speed with beef fed muscle. In closing, let it be said Barry Trotz is a bonded in gold dude but Shea Weber needs a right good kicking. Good luck as your team moves on…there’s never been a team hoisting the Cup that didn’t get a lion’s share of breaks…better hope the trend continues for Nashville, but after the series with Detroit, the law of averages mitigates against that probability. Gotta go now, the Crown Royal’s running low and we need what’s left to prime-up for the Canucks…

    • habsman - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I think this guy is really Ian Tyson.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Long post, but I’m not gonna pretend like I don

      ‘t appreciate your perspective.

      It was certainly a mistake to chant You suck during the handshake. I blame that on the organization for playing that song. I was there and didn’t chant it; I was applauding both teams. Also it was noy nearly as loud as after a goal as only about half the house was chanting it.

      You see we have only done that once before in last year’s playoffs when we eliminated the Ducks. But I can assure you they deserved it (bobby ryan’s skate stomp that got him a suspension, corey perry sticking Rinne in the groin after the whistle)

      By not admiting the Wings got outplayed, you reinforce the Red Wing fan entitlement complex. You scored 2 goals in the last 6 periods.

      And to your point about Western Hockey, a vast majority of the Preds roster are North Americans while The Wings are heavy on Euros, so I don’t understand the point you’re making.

  10. saintmac9 - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    They might make a play for Nash. That would be a good signing

  11. slamminbeers - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    It’s gotta hurt being a San Jose fan. Almost as much as it does over here in Washington. They don’t need to blow the sharks up. It is about time to cut ties with Marleau though.

  12. letsgosjsharks - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Rid of Marleau and get Weber or Suter,,, need a big name here Congrats Blues…. 2012- a year to forget

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