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San Jose Sharks Doing More With “Less”

San Jose SharksRemember last summer Doug Wilson proclaimed that “big changes” were coming after the San Jose Sharks left the playoff dance early? Remember player after player left the team with very few signings in return? Remember everyone asking ‘where are these big changes?’ Sure Dany Heatley showed up, but that was just after they opened training camp. By the time the season started, despite the acquisition of Heatley, the exodus of talent leaving the team seemed to exceed the talent joining the team. That outward flow prompted some worry on my part that perhaps Wilson had done too much housekeeping. After the Heatley acquisition I also feared that the Sharks may be jammed up in salary cap hell next year when the cap is expected to go down.

Here we are 24 games into the season - sitting atop the NHL once again. I wanted to see just how well the Sharks have made out after all the player shuffling and I came up with the following results:

Sharks Acquisitions/Call-Ups

Player G A Points +/- Salary
Dany Heatley 14G 9A 23P +2 $8M
Jason Demers 1G 11A 12P +4 $535K
Jed Ortmeyer 4G 3A 7P +2 $550K
Manny Malhotra 3G 3A 6P +5 $700K
Scott Nichol 1G 2A 3P 0 $750K
Benn Ferriero 2G 3A 5P +4 $635K
Kent Huskins 1G 5A 6P +8 $1.7M

Sharks Losses

Player (new team) G A Points +/- Salary
Mike Grier (Buffalo) 3G 0A 3P -1 $1.2M
Milan Michalek (Ottawa) 8G 3A 11P -2 $3.5M
Jonathan Cheechoo (Ottawa) 1G 2A 3P -6 $3.5M
Marcel Goc (Nashville) 1G 1A 2P -1 $550K
Christian Ehrhoff (Vancouver) 3G 9A 12P +9 $3.1M
Travis Moen (Montreal) 4G 3A 7P -2 $1.5M
Brad Lukowich (Vancouver - Playing with Texas Stars AHL) 0G 0A 0P 0 $1.8M

There were other players who have left the team but for the purposes of this experiment, we’ll consider only the most active, ‘relevant’ players. We will also consider ‘Call-Ups’ as the players from Worcester who were designated as starters at the beginning of the season (Demers - 23 games played; Ferriero - 18 games played).

All of our acquisitions:
26 goals, 36 assists, 64 points costing us $12.9M.

All of our losses:
20 goals, 18 assists, 38 points saving us $15.5M.

A completely unscientific analysis would indicate that the Sharks cut approximately $2.6M from their payroll (a 16% savings) yet acquired a 30% increase in goal production and an almost 70% increase in overall points production. I’m no accountant but that seems to me like a great ROI*. If this trend continues Doug Wilson will look like an absolute genius - not just for acquiring highly productive, lesser-known talent, but also for positioning the team with 14 players up for free agency next year allowing for some salary cap maneuvering.

I’m starting to think keeping Doug Wilson should be the Sharks top priority over keeping any one player.

*Return On Investment (Thanks Son of OT)

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2 comments for “San Jose Sharks Doing More With “Less””

  1. Thank you very much for Erhoff!! Looks like that particular trade was a win/win for both clubs.

    Posted by histNo Gravatar | November 20, 2009, 11:38 am
  2. You know how there are so many different kinds of checks in Hockey? We’ll you’ll be happy to know that I “checked” your calculations and you “passed” with flying colors! Good analysis! Also another example of addition by subtraction.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | November 20, 2009, 4:59 pm

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