Shark-Bitten: San Jose Sharks Should Consider Major Changes

May 23rd, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
Congratulations, Ray Ratto: you got your ultimate dream!

On Sunday, the San Jose Sharks suffered what might have been their most devastating and bitter series defeat in team history.

Having muffled their critics by climbing out of a 2-1 series hole against upstart Colorado and then disposing of the vaunted Red Wings four games to one, the Sharks were swept out of the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, despite having played well enough to win at least three of the four games.

San Jose's fan base is comprised in large part of very casual fans. As a result the team has long had little accountability for postseason short comings. Most Sharks fans will gush over recovering in the first round and finally beating the Red Wings, ultimately categorizing the trip to the conference finals (results aside) as a sign of progress.

However, more savvy fans are left to ask a difficult question: is Coach Todd McLellan's much-discussed "process" really working? Is this third-round loss a stepping stone to greater things, or is it simply the latest in a long and painful litany of playoff disappointments?

After all, the Blackhawks followed up a conference f ...

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