San Jose Sharks Offseason: Patience Is a Virtue

July 29th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The best things in life are worth waiting for. At least my mom always told me that.
If mom was right, then San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson must have the mother of all plans stewing in Silicon Valley.

Since publication of my last article, we are another week into the 2010 offseason and virtually nothing has changed for the San Jose Sharks. Anton Stralman will join them in Stockholm to open the season this October, but it will be as a returning member of the opposing Columbus Blue Jackets. Andreas Lilja and Kim Johnsson among others remain on the market, but the likelihood of the Sharks calling their names seems no more likely today than it did July 1.

In fact, to the contrary, it seems a much more remote possibility.

From all outward appearances, the Sharks have not only failed to make an actual move since courting Antero Niittymaki on the first day of free agency, but if you did not know better you might think they had given up trying. Since forcing the rival Chicago Blackhawks to reach to keep Niklas Hjalmarsson, the buzz around the team in teal has been about as feverish as a game of bridge.

Even in the most speculative of circles, ...

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