San Jose Sharks: Promising Offseason Takes a Turn for the Worse

July 1st, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks began the offseason with a string of moves that not only made hockey sense, but made their fanbase happy.

With the trend of unheralded goaltenders succeeding in the NHL, the Sharks' front office (headed by general manager Doug Wilson) made their first critical decision of the offseason by parting ways with starting netminder Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov, who had been dominant in the regular season over the past decade, made over $5 million last season and wasn't going to take a discount to stay in San Jose.

Essentially, the Sharks knew they could only afford to bring back either Nabokov or star forward Patrick Marleau. Both are premier players in the NHL and it was obvious before this past season ended that each one will get the money they want somewhere, somehow.

It came down to one or the other and the Sharks stuck with their former captain who was the only Shark who played phenomenal hockey in the Conference Finals.

By re-signing Marleau and second line center Joe Pavelski in the same day, the Sharks were on track for an excellent offseason.

Former defenseman Rob Blake retired (Sharks get youn ...

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