San Jose Sharks Are Setting Themselves Up for Another Disappointing Season
So much for those “big changes” hinted at by Doug Wilson and promised by the media. So much for dismantling the core and “blowing up” the team after a pathetic first round exit against the St. Louis Blues.
It had me excited (heck, it had all of us excited) at the possibility of acquiring some top-flight free agents or making a huge blockbuster trade that could invigorate this team.
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Doug Wilson has been quiet this offseason (Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE)
You know, trading for Rick Nash. Signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Or maybe a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Shea Weber. Hey, at this point, even Shane Doan sounds like a good fit.
News flash: virtually all of those players are gone from the market, which hurts even more when you consider that the San Jose Sharks were on the verge of landing at least one of them, if not more.
Let’s start with Rick Nash. Traded to the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, a prospect, and a pick.
Really, that’s all it took? The way that Scott Howson was holding out for Logan Couture, you would think that he’d strike a better deal than that.
The Sharks could have offered a similar, or even a better package without giving up Couture. How does Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers, Alex Stalock, and a first round pick sound? Much better than what the Blue Jackets got from the Rangers.
Clowe and Dubinsky have similar stats, so they cancel out. Even though Anisimov may be a bit younger than Pavelski, he hasn’t scored 20+ goals for four consecutive years like Pavelski has. And I’m pretty sure that two prospects are better than one, so throw in Demers and Stalock (the Sharks’ best goaltending prospect).
There you go. A better deal than what the Rangers had to offer, without touching Logan Couture.
Acquiring Nash would have single-handedly put the Sharks back in Western Conference contention. Just think about the nightmare that teams would have to face on the top line with the two-headed monster of Nash and Joe Thornton. That’s like having the Sedin twins, but without all the whining.
Alright, stop drooling and focus, because we’re not even close to finished talking about the Sharks’ insipid off-season.