The San Jose Sharks are in for a long summer break, which will give them plenty of time to rehab, reassess, and retool their existing core for hopefully another Stanley Cup run next season.
Team Teal’s season came to a screeching halt in Round 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Now the San Jose Sharks are facing several tough choices when it comes to re-configuring their roster to stay competitive in today’s NHL.
General Manager Doug Wilson has a lot of expiring contracts coming off the books on July 1st. The biggest of those names include Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Joe Thornton, and Timo Meier.
The San Jose Sharks have about 24.7 million in cap space heading into free agency which starts on July 1st, per CapFriendly. Traditionally Team Teal’s front office is confident in their abilities to resign free agents. However Erik Karlsson’s recent activity on social media might have signaled that his intentions are to leave the Bay Area.
With this grim realization coming to life for the Sharks they are now forced to turn to other avenues to improve this team. Team Teal should have some room to work with after signing and sifting through the other expiring contracts, but not getting to resign EK65 is a huge blow to the front office. Despite this there are still a few skaters on the free agent market who could improve this roster and be acquired at a reasonable price.