Defense Wins Championships: San Jose Sharks Should Look To the Blue Line

June 26th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
NHL hockey is a game generally played every other day. Apparently, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson is carrying that rhythm into the 2010 off-season.

The Sharks entered the off-season with a handful of high profile free agents, knowing they would need to make some tough decisions. On Tuesday, the team announced they were parting ways with Evgeni Nabokov . The announcement was not a surprise to many, but the timing was curious to some. Why not wait until the free agency period began to make such a decision?

That curiosity was resolved on Thursday, when Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski were each signed to four-year deals. Wilson had made his decision to part with Nabokov early enough to give him the time to re-sign the other two highest-profile free agents on the 2009-2010 team before any other team could begin to negotiate with them.

The return of Marleau and Pavelski is an interesting indicator. Both could have garnered better money in free agency, but decided to return to San Jose because they believe in the direction of the team and in their chances of winning a title in teal.

Flash forward to Saturday, and news broke ...

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