The men in suits may remain the same, but there could be significant changes coming to the San Jose Sharks’ roster come next season.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a column on Tuesday about the Sharks keeping mum after being eliminated from the postseason. However, he did glean from league sources that GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan will be back next season with the Sharks.
What’s more, according to Purdy, “there reportedly has been internal agreement about a significant roster shake-up.”
That shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering the Sharks’ epic collapse in the postseason, when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Kings and lost in seven games in the first round. The team has yet to win a championship, despite fielding a loaded and talented team for the last several years.
Only time will tell as to what “significant” changes, if any, are made. Wilson already made it hard on himself by locking up both Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton to three-year deals before the season even ended. Since both contracts have no-trade clauses, Marleau and Thornton will have to agree to any trade that they are involved in.
When speaking of a “significant” roster shake-up, that usually involves moving some of the core pieces, and Thornton and Marleau definitely are part of that core. But moving them at this point seems difficult.
Thus, we wait, painstakingly, and watch as another postseason carries on without the Sharks.