Don’t Hold Me To My Word - A Message From Sharksfan
Honestly when I started this blog I figured it would be more of a forum for me to vent than anything else. The last thing I thing I thought would happen was that people would actually take any interest in what I had to say, let alone remember anything I’ve said. Well the most frightening thing has happened to me, I’ve been quoted! Well, not exactly in any viral, internet way but just in a comment by FC Sharks Fan: “Hey Shark Fan. I remember a few weeks ago you wrote about resigning Patty to a contract before he becomes a UFA. What about Nabby? Do we try and resign him? Doubt we can keep both.”
Thanks for reminding me, I forgot that I said that.
So yes, I did say that and here’s my thinking. Marleau has been one of the better Sharks over the last few seasons. There’s really nothing about his play that would suggest he’s not one of the better forwards in the NHL. Nabokov, on the other hand, has been very average from time to time. His hasn’t shown any kind of consistency, especially in the playoffs (both against Dallas two years ago and Anaheim last year). Nabokov has been playing great recently, good enough to earn himself a place in the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week for the last two weeks. Is his great play because he’s finally healthy or is it because he’s in a contract year? We will never know.
Next year both will be unrestricted fee agents. The Sharks most likely cannot afford to sign both. Both have salaries in the $6M neighborhood. Who should the Sharks sign? I’ve re-thunk my thinking. Unless both are willing to take “home town” discounts, I think both will play somewhere else next year.
Hold on, that doesn’t mean I don’t want them to leave, it means I think the reality of the situation is that they’ll both be somewhere else next season. Unless either of them are willing to take ‘home town discounts’, and with the salary cap most likely shrinking next year, other teams will be more able to offer them a market rate salary than the cap-strapped Sharks. If anything, there are two reasons why the Sharks may have to let them go - Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski. Those two guys are restricted free agents next year and, from the looks of things, they’re the future of the franchise. You could probably keep both of them for around $6M ($3M each) - the same as what Marleau alone makes this year.
But then again, Setoguchi and Pavelskil are restricted free agents, which means any team willing to offer them the ‘jackpot’ salary will jam up the Sharks. And if some team is willing to do that, how and when do you make the decision on Marleau? Do you sign Marleau then trade him, making sure you get something for him? Do you do the same with Nabby? This is why Doug Wilson makes the big bucks.
But then again, what do I know, I’m just a blogger. I may not remember everything that I post but I DO remember mentioning that Ray Ratto is an idiot because he’s more focused on the results whereas I’m focus on the results AND the journey. I may not know how to juggle the salary cap, but I do know that the current Sharks roster is packed with talent and this year is shaping up to be another fun one. I’m not going to worry about the playoffs until April. I’m not going to worry about contracts until June. For now, all I know is I’m going to the game tonight and I’m excited as heck!