NHL San Jose Sharks: Colin White, New Defensemen Will Help Team to Championship

August 4th, 2011 by Nathaniel Jue Leave a reply »
With the signing of free agent defenseman Colin White, the San Jose Sharks’ blue line is now solidified, at least on paper. The question will be whether the teaming with new defensive acquisitions Brent Burns and Jim Vandermeer will crystallize on the ice.

The Sharks have been on an offseason feeding frenzy, making remarkable transactions nearly weekly. And by all accounts, San Jose has done nearly everything they needed to do in order to bolster their subpar defense. Last season, notably during the playoffs, the Sharks surrendered untimely goals due in large part to a porous defensive unit that could not keep opponents in check. In the postseason, defensive lapses and miscues are magnified; especially when they are the direct reason for playoff exits.

Throughout the entire postseason, San Jose defensively was unable to hold onto late-game leads or prevent goals during the last minutes of periods. During the 2011 playoff run, the Sharks gave up third-period leads six times, and they allowed five goals in the final two minutes of periods, including the game-tying goal with 13.2 seconds left during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals versus Vancouver ...

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