Year of the Sharks: Why San Jose Will Be the 2010 Stanley Cup Champs

November 18th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
We all know this team's story, but a quick review of some of the highlights can't hurt.

So, after making some strategic draft, trade, and free-agent moves, they've emerged into a contender.

In fact, they're the odds on favorite at the beginning of the season.

They make the playoffs, and, no championship.

The next year, they have one of the best regular seasons in NHL history, surely, they will win the Cup now.


They fizzle in the playoffs.

Beaten by, what many believe is an inferior team.

Fans are furious, the team dejected.  They ask, "How can we ever get over the hump and win this thing?"

The captain, the guy who was drafted by the team and eventually made the center piece around which all other parts are placed, is severely questioned.

Rumors of trades persist.  "Maybe we can't win with him," they say. "We can get a lot back in return in a trade," they speculate.

But, the team sticks with him, and moves forward.

The next season, they identify a key need. 

A sniper, an out and out goal-scoring monster, the type of guy ...

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