The San Jose Sharks have played the second-most playoff games, behind only Detroit, since 2004 when a nine-year run as a contender began with a trip to the conference finals. Because that run hasn't produced a championship -- although three conference finals appearances (2004, 2010, 2011) of the last decade is nothing to scoff at -- the Sharks organization has ever quite got the kind of credit it deserves for having produced a contender year in and year out for so long, despite not being a big-market team and not having those big-market tools such as burying bad contracts in the minors or buying out underperforming players. They’ve had to use many low draft picks to produce players, which they have. And GM Doug Wilson has been bold on both the trade and free agent market when he’s had to be, reeling in the likes of Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Antti Niemi over the years. But all good teams need a reset, and that moment is coming for this Sharks club. A roller-coaster season has revealed a club that, while on many nights has shown can still compete with the best teams, other nights has shown itself worn down as well. This team needs some tweaking, a fresh coat of paint. You’re not going to see a full rebuild in San Jose. It’s a market that despite years and years of sellouts probably wouldn’t support a full bottoming-out and redressing of the roster. In fact, the last time the Sharks missed the playoffs, in 2002-03, it’s believed the club lost around 3,000 season-ticket holders the following offseason.
Sharks roster needs a fresh coat of paint
ESPN | Mar 18