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Offseason Report: San Jose Sharks

Jul 28, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

43-29-10, 96 points, second in the Pacific Division, seventh in the Western Conference. Lost to St. Louis (4-1) in the conference quarterfinals.

Additions

Adam Burish, Brad Stuart

Departures

Daniel Winnik, Torrey Mitchell

2012 Draft

First round, 17th overall — Tomas Hertl (Slavia, Czech Republic)

Looking back

Despite a disappointing 2011-12 campaign and the subsequent questioning of Todd McLellan’s and Doug Wilson’s job security, the Sharks went largely unchanged. For some, that was an odd decision given San Jose posted its lowest point total in six seasons.

Wilson’s lone noteworthy acquisitions were defenseman Brad Stuart (who returned to the Bay Area to play in a top-four role) and Adam Burish, brought aboard to add more sandpaper to the lineup (Burish wasted no time confirming he’d add abrasiveness.) The Sharks signed steady defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year extension and re-upped with TJ Galiardi, but lost bottom-six forwards Daniel Winnik and Torrey Mitchell to free agency.

UFA forward Dominic Moore remains unsigned, and his status will likely remain undecided as he deals with his wife’s liver cancer.

Looking forward

The most noteworthy changes occurred behind the bench, where Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Robinson and ex-Caps assistant Jim Johnson came aboard as McLellan’s right-hand men. Robinson’s presence looms large, given he’s won a Stanley Cup as a head coach (and lost a Cup finals as well) — but while it might look like he’s a coach-in-waiting should McLellan get fired, Big Bird insisted he’s not there to take McLellan’s job.

Robinson’s job, one would assume, is to fix San Jose’s penalty kill. The Sharks were awful while shorthanded a season ago, finishing 29th in the NHL on the PK (76.9 percent).

One thing to watch will be how Wilson treats his roster as the start of the season draws near. He’s got a history of shaking things up (see: Dany Heatley, Brent Burns, Martin Havlat) and has been uncharacteristically silent on the trade front…so far.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think of the Sharks’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    You forgot to mention they added Brad Stuart……

    • puckhead1966 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      It’s mentioned twice.

  2. finfan88shark - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Right now with minimal improvement the team is slightly better then last seasons first round failure team.

  3. billmead1976 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    The dearth of meaty commentary in your off season report signals one thing – status quo. Add a couple new coaches and hope that things will change. IMO, this is a recipe for disaster for an aging team. Fairytale stories come true every long while – so if Cinderella comes to ball and gets the glass slipper and the Prince, it may be a swan song fairy tale story “win one for the gipper (thornton)”.

    I doubt it though. The Burns acquisition didn’t provide the necessary spark and the right pieces of the puzzle don’t seem to be there.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    “Despite a disappointing 2011-12 campaign” ? …

    Talk about an understatement or what, eh ? … how about a disappointing decade ! :) In all seriousness though, I actually do wish the best for the Sharks and their fans. They’re an excellent team and there’s every reason for them to be a “cup contender” year in and year out. As far as I’m concerned, right now their biggest problem is McClellan and Wilson … toy get rid of them and it’s “hello 3rd round ” … no two ways about it ! Robinson’s presence there will be huge and if the ownership had any brains, then they’d “get on with it” right now and give him the reins …

  5. earlcpeacock - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    lets talk about soup can sids bloated jock. whos first??

    • soupcanarmygeneral - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      hell yeah, all we care about at the soup can army is talking about other guys members… thats how we roll… we like to take sids soup in our can!!!

    • soupcanxtrabeefy - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Sorry I was just slapping one out

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Wow that’s the best thing Blomfeld has ever said. I’ve been calling for Mclellan and Wilson’s head for two years now.

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