Have the veteran San Jose Sharks missed their window? Do they trade veterans for youth and launch a rebuild?
Coach Perry: I believe the Sharks are in a prime position for a retool. Perhaps parting ways with one or two veterans, but recognizing they have enough youth to make it painless. Perhaps moving a major forward and a defenseman could net the return they need. The bigger issue for them is they need to change their style to make the playoffs. The competition in the West knows how to beat the Sharks. The hard part will be deciding who goes and who needs to be brought in to fill the roles needed to make the new style fly. Given the amount of size already on the roster it shouldn't be too hard to fill in the blanks and get the team moving in the right direction again. As hard as it is to move your captain, and perennial All Star, the Sharks know what happened from the Bruins decision to trade him. It opened doors for a Cup shortly after. Interestingly, the depth down the middle on the Sharks roster could be the only thing that could salvage a relationship between Howson and Nash to keep the star winger in Columbus . . . it is just too bad the Jackets have nothing to offer in return.
Coach Dickenson: The answer is yes and no. I think the key pieces are still in place, but a veteran presence needs to be traded to usher in the new guard. I love Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture as the future of the team, and the key forwards to build around. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are very valuable guys, though probably past their prime. They’d be best off trying to find those two guys new homes and building around the younger duo with some grit and physicality which would better translate into the playoffs. The Sharks have grown stale in their current form and just need a changing of the guard. Sometimes in hockey addition through subtraction makes sense.
Coach Brouwer: The Sharks window is gone and it’s time for a rebuild. San Jose needs to build their team around Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Clowe and Brent Burns. They should move veterans like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dan Boyle to bring in some more speed and youth. They could do a quick rebuild, as their young guys are ready now for more prominent roles.
Coach Harling: Yes. Not only were the Sharks badly defeated in the first round, but they barely qualified for the playoffs at all! The Sharks are currently headed down a path similar to what Toronto and Calgary have followed. The Sharks have little in terms of future assets and should explore the trade value of veterans such as Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Martin Havlat etc. Perhaps Thornton would be a perfect fit in Toronto. The Leafs have plenty of young assets to package such as Tyler Bozak, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, and many more.