May 7, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks fans hold up paper jaws after a penalty by the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Circling The Drain: Rebuild or Move?

The San Jose Sharks are going to start tossing players out like chum. It seems that after years of swimming with the big boys the Sharks are going to sink to the bottom and start over. Reports are slowly coming out about a Sharks rebuild.

San Jose GM Doug Wilson has gone on record saying that the Sharks are going to rebuild for the future. The Sharks have had a good long run and seeming year after years fall short of their goal. San Jose has talent, they have skill, but one thing they don’t have is a strong playoff team. There are teams in the NHL that would kill to have had a run like the Sharks have had, but in the end it means nothing without the Cup.

“I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of people at the GM meetings (last week in new York), they know where we’re going. We now become a tomorrow team. When you spell that out, it does create a response.”[PHT]

A rebuild is a hard thing for fans to endure, just ask Buffalo Sabres fans. But, the Sharks don’t have a lot of choices. It’s clear that some players on their roster like living in San Jose, just not playing for San Jose, and already the Sharks have tossed some players back into the water. Both Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat will no long be wearing teal, and there are a lot rumors about Joe Thornton moving on as well.

In the NHL a rebuild can take three or four years to complete, and it will take its toll the ownership and front office of the Sharks. People will find themselves out of work, and some players will be traded away just because it brings in more draft picks. My advice; don’t buy a new Sharks jersey anytime soon. Your favorite player may be gone in a blink of an eye.

The tricky part with this rebuild is there are rumors that ownership is very unhappy with their TV deal. A bad TV deal hurts the bottom line, and in this case there is a city to the North that has just put bait in the water. Could this all be a move to move the Sharks to Seattle?

It seems like this is going to be something NHL fans and Gary Bettman need to keep a close eye on.




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