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San Jose Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

San Jose SharksIn 23 days the San Jose Sharks will once again embark on their yearly migratory journey that is the NHL Regular Season - a place where the Sharks consistently prove that they are, like their ocean-bearing namesake, close to the top of their respective food chains. It is also approximately 7 months from the start of the NHL playoffs – uncharted waters where the Sharks seem to flounder and lose their way. Although all the focus this summer has been on those uncharted waters, I am looking forward to the start of the regular season. There’s nothing like 3-4 games a week for the next 24 weeks (excluding the Olympics).

To recap, the big news this summer was the lack of news. Gone from the team are more than a handful of players with only one addition of note - Scott Nicols to (apparently) center our fourth line. Many expected, nay wanted, big changes. I agree with comments made on NHL Home Ice - a team that can amass 117 points during the regular season doesn’t need a lot of personnel changes. All I’m waiting for between now and the official puck drop on October 1st is the announcement of the team captain.

This is a pivotal season for the Sharks. With the salary cap expected to drop after this season, and with 4 key players up for new contracts at the end of this campaign (Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Joe Pavelski), the Sharks could be a dramatically different team two seasons from now. General Manager Doug Wilson says the fact that a lot of players will be up for new contracts in 2010-2011 is exactly how the team will deal with a declining salary cap. For some players, winning The Cup as a Shark means it has to be this year – period.

23 days…..

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One comment for “Swimming With Sharks”

  1. Best of luck to your Sharks!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | September 9, 2009, 1:58 pm

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