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San Jose Sharks: Let’s Play Fantasy GM

San Jose SharksMost, if not all of us are familiar with the concept of Fantasy Football, Baseball or Hockey. Well, I have a new game to play. How about Fantasy GM.

The object is to field a team without going over the salary cap and assemble team chemistry that will also sooth the most infuriated hockey fan. Since the play-off loss Shark Fans have been demanding either blowing up the team or the head of current Shark GM, Doug Wilson. We already have a new head coach, so that’s not an option this year.

So if you were Doug Wilson, what would you do? Remember, it’s all up to you so anything goes.

It’s no mystery the Sharks are strapped for salary cap room and someone needs to go just for us to field a team. The 2009-10 salary cap is $56,800,000 and you need to have 22 players signed. Currently the Sharks have 17 players signed and only $600K of cap space.

My scenario involves a lot of what if’s and estimates, but below is what I would do if I’m the Sharks GM.

2009-10 Sharks Roster
First Line Salary
LW-Patrick Marleau $6,300,000
C-Joe Thornton $7,200,000
RW-Devin Setoguchi $765,000
Second Line
RW-Ryan Clowe $3,500,000
C-Joe Pavelski $1,725,000
LW-Milan Michalek $3,500,000
Third Line
LW-Jamie McGinn $710,000
C-Torrey Mitchell $1,000,000
RW-Jeremy Roenick $750,000
Fourth Line
LW-Jody Shelly $725,000
C-Scott Nichol $750,000
RW-Brad Staubitz $750,000
Total $27,675,000.00
Defense Salary
Rob Blake $3,500,000
Dan Boyle $6,666,667
Marc-Edouard Vlasic $2,400,000
Doug Murray $2,500,000
Kent Huskins $1,700,000
Christian Ehrhoff $3,150,000
Total $19,916,667
Evgeni Nabokov $6,000,000
Thomas Greiss $1,000,000
Total $7,000,000
Healthy Scratches
Derek Joslin $500,000
Logan Couture $875,000
Total $1,375,000
Total Cap Hit $55,966,667
Salary Cap $56,800,000
Cap Space $833,333

So who is missing? Jonathan Cheechoo and Brad Lukowick. Cheechoo is scheduled to make $3,500,000 next year. Wilson has a tendency to overvalue his players and has done so with Cheechoo and Ehroff. Cheechoo has never been the same after his groin injury and rumor has it, it comes to camp out of shape. It all depends on who you want to keep, either Cheechoo or Michalek. Michalek has more upside to him, so I’m letting Chechoo go, hopefully for a decent draft pick. In a trade, Michalek would be worth more.

Lukowick counts $1,800,000 next year. Why we signed Huskins to $1,700,000 when he has never set his broken foot on the ice, I’ll never know. One of the D has to go. I keep hearing rumors of Ehroff being moved, but I don’t think anyone is willing to pay him $3,150,000. Again, overvalued by Wilson. I do think he will be a good defenseman some day, but man, does he need to hit the net with his shots from the point.

The players in bold and italic are not signed and are estimates only. Torrey Mitchell needs to give us a home town discount for being injured so much. I do think he will be resigned along with Brad Staubitz and Thomas Greiss as all three were sent qualifying offers. Staubitz gets a raise from last year and makes what the other 4th line players make. Thomas Greiss makes slightly more than Tyson Sexsmith, who will be the starting goalie in Woosta. Yes, I do want Roenick back, but less than the $1mil he made last year. Rob Blake took discount to play for us again and I think Roenick should do the same. I really do like the veteran leadership he brings and I think he is in good enough shape to play on the third line. One of his intangibles is when he goes out and hits someone and come back to the bench and chirps at the other team and pump fists his players. Keep it going old man.

So in my scenario, I’m not blowing up the team. Marleau stays, but looses his Captaincy. (We can leave that for another discussion) Marleau and others have been rumored to be packaged and sent to Ottawa for Dan Heatley. Heatley makes $7,500,000 and is not a team player. Also I don’t see Marleau waving his no trade clause to play in Ottawa. He married a local girl from San Jose and something tells me, she wears the pants in the family and is not trading warm sunny San Jose weather for winters in Ottawa.

Obviously there are weaknesses in the roster. No experienced depth and one injury away from calling it a season. But given the cap restraints, overvalue of players and character, this is what I’ve come up with.

Now it’s your turn GM.

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5 comments for “San Jose Sharks: Let’s Play Fantasy GM”

  1. The guys on NHL Home Ice keep harping that the Sharks really don’t need to make too many moves, we were the best team in the league so it’s not like we’re short on talent. Having said that…

    Defense: I would keep Lukowich but try to move Ehrhoff, I agree that would be difficult but I think the Boyle/Lukowich pairing should be kept together.

    Cheechoo has to be moved…somehow. He’s really not worth the money or bench space, sorry to say. I guess he never recovered from that injury.

    Last year, the Red Wings paid $2M for BOTH goalies - is Nabby worth $6M? I hope so, since we didn’t win the Jonas Gustavsson sweepstakes, I think goalie is our achilles heel. If Nabby goes down, is Greiss ready? I think this is the one area where Wilson gambled and lost…to Brian Burke no less.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | July 17, 2009, 4:59 pm
  2. I think Greiss will surprise people, but he is not ready to be a starter. We need to platoon the goalie position to keep Nabby fresh. You are right, he makes way too much. My scenario above only gets us through this year. Next year, when the cap is estimated to be smaller, it will be an entirely different story. Marleau, Pavalski, Setoguchi, Shelly, Lukowich and Nabby’s contracts all expire and Blake and Nichol are only signed for one year.

    Since we lost out on the Gustavsson sweepstakes, there is no one to really push Nabby. Of all the free agent goalies available, I like Manny Fernandez.

    In just 11 playoff games, Fernandez has posted a .927 save percentage and an even 2.00 goals against average. Also Fernandez is accustomed to spiting time with other goalies. The former Star, Wild, and Bruin split time with Dwayne Roloson in Minnesota and this past season with Tim Thomas in Boston.

    How about we keep the Boyle/Luchowich pairing, trade Erhroff and free up more space to sign Manny Fernandez?

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 18, 2009, 7:36 am
  3. If we’re desperate, can’t we send guys to Worcester and free up cap space like we did last year with Kyle McLaren? The team still has to pay the salary but it doesn’t count against the cap?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | July 18, 2009, 5:11 pm
  4. If we send players to Worcester, they need to clear waivers. Odds are if we send Cheechoo down he will either refuse to report or gets claimed by another team and we get nothing in return. Also if we recall him, he needs to clear re-entry waivers. If a player clears re-enty waivers, the salary counts against the cap. The only reason we were able to send Kyle last year is that no one was willing to pay him $2.5 Mil a season. We can be over the cap until the season starts, so you may see us sneak a player down and see if he is claimed.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 19, 2009, 8:27 am
  5. Interesting article in the Merc. Let’s you know what in the mind of Doug Wilson. I remember a few years back when he said he would not mortgage the future for the present. It sounds like he has already done that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing Doug Wilson. If anything, I respect him and think he is doing a good job. It’s a touchy situation. Fans want to know what is going on but he can not tip his hand also. Interesting that he mentions he can make one phone call and be under the cap. Also sound like if we do not make any changes now, he will let it play out and make a change at the trade deadline.


    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 19, 2009, 8:51 am

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