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San Jose Sharks Dragging Bottom Again

San Jose SharksAfter the conclusion of last season’s campaign San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson talked to blog ‘Fear the Fin‘ about his thoughts on the Sharks’ second season reaching the Western Conference Finals. In it he reflected on what he felt he could have done better and what we would do differently going forward.

One of the things he addresssed was the Sharks slow start to the 2010-2011 season. After watching the Sharks struggle for two months through December it wasn’t until January that Wilson started making moves to improve the areas of the team he felt were lacking. After those moves, sometime in January and definitely after the All-Star break, the Sharks got back to their winning ways and made a strong push to the playoffs. However Wilson felt it may have been that strong push that wore down the Sharks and contributed to their running out of gas in the Conference Finals. If faced with the same situation again, where the team was struggling early, Wilson indicated he wouldn’t wait that long again to make the tough moves to improve the team.

So my questions are what is Wilson’s definition of a struggling team and how much sooner is ’sooner’? The San Jose Sharks haven’t exactly been lighting it up lately and they sit 11 points out of first place in the Western Conference. And it’s mid December. For reference the Sharks have a record of 15-10-2 with 32 points through 27 games. This time last year the Sharks were 14-9-4 with 32 points through 27 games.

Maybe Mr. Wilson is working the phones as we speak?

And has anyone given any thought to the idea that, as ‘genius’ as it is that Wilson is able to sign players like Patrick Marleau, Joe Thronton, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski to short term deals with home town discounts, it also makes those players easier to trade? Not saying it’s going to happen, but then again look at what happened to Devin Setoguchi.

The next few weeks will be interesting. Hopefully the Sharks will go on another one of their locally infamous 15-20 game runs and propel themselves back into the top of the Western Conference. Nothing silences speculation like winning…

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