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Sharks’ seventh straight loss could lead to a roster shake-up

Feb 16, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

Todd McLellan AP

Things had started off so well for the Sharks. They won their first seven games of the season and looked like they’d be world beaters in the shortened NHL season.

After losing to Chicago last night, however, they’re losers of seven in a row and the team is pointing fingers at each other. Kevin Kurz from reports that the losing skid could lead to a roster shake-up that sees deals being made as coach Todd McLellan alluded to.

“I think everybody needs to be concerned about the performance of the team – players, managers, we’re all in it together,” McLellan said. “When you start pointing fingers at one individual, there’s three pointing right back at you. Let’s all clean up what we do, whether we’re a coach or a player, and let’s perform to our abilities.”

The Sharks don’t play again until Tuesday in St. Louis and even the players seem to know something could happen that forces a change to the team. Team captain Joe Thornton went so far as saying, “We’ve had a lot of guys in here who have been traded, it’s part of the business.”

At the very least, you can’t say they’re not ready for change if it happens. GM Doug Wilson has some work ahead of him.

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  1. 19to77 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    A little more intensity from… well, everyone would be nice. I get that Toews isn’t a fighter and that Joe could have practically killed him if he had tried, but just standing there absorbing crosschecks sends a poor message to your teammates.

  2. mpg44 - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Here is an odd question . Did they start losing when they signed Gomez?

    • sjsblitz - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      No, Gomez, isnt the problem believe it or not. Offense wise its Clowe, taking too many penalties, no production at all. Defense wise its Doug Murray, getting slower and slower on the blue line and is an addict for give-aways. Both in contract years so we’ll see. Situation makes me sad and just adds to the stereotype of the Sharks being choke artists ='(

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        your onto something here sjsblitz. Didn.t the SJ slide start the night Clowe came ungluded against Vancouver? If it didn.t Clowe looked very unprofessional that night anyway. JMO

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    As a sharks fan………… I am worried! 😦

  4. shutyourfivehole - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    SJ loyals have been trying to get Wilson to blow this team up for several years. No heart, no guts. Same thing every year only this year it started early. Sad and frustrating.

  5. ron05342 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    “After losing to Chicago last night, however, they’re losers of seven in a row and the team is pointing fingers at each other.”

    Nowhere in that article did it mention anywhere the team was “pointing fingers at each other.” The only thing close to it was the coach making some off-handed comment about “finger-pointing” in a philosophical sense.

    Stop making sh*t up, Joe. It damages your credibility.

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