Cross-Bite? San Jose Sharks’ Offseason Moves Continue to Confuse

July 9th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
Perhaps San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson is still fighting off a mild delirium at the frustration and disappointment of being swept out of the 2010 Western Conference Finals. How else can one explain the confusing cacophony of offseason moves he has crafted to date?

The Sharks' offseason has been a roller coaster of highs and lows thus far. Things looked promising when the team decided to part ways with long-time goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. This marked a departure from the previous modus operandi of dog-like loyalty to long-time mainstays, as they finally parted ways with a true core member of the roster in efforts to pursue improvements in other areas.

The move cleared cap space to secure former captain Patrick Marleau and emerging forward Joe Pavelski for another four years each, prior to them becoming free agents. With Rob Blake retiring and Thomas Griess being the heir apparent in goal, the Sharks had two pressing priorities in free agency: goaltending depth and defense.

That is where things took an odd turn. The Sharks acted quickly to solve the vacancy in goal, signing former Olympic MVP Antero Niittymaki to share time in net with the developing Griess ...

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