The San Jose Sharks have been a year round threat to contend or the Stanley Cup, but year after year the Sharks have come up short. Last season was no different the San Jose Sharks went dead in the water and ended the season belly up. After a mini-rebuild not much seems to have changed. But, in a strange move the Sharks have decided to enter training camp with no captains.
It seems that the Sharks front office is trying to send a message, but the message I’m getting is our window has slammed shut and we are going to wipe the slate clean and try again. The problem is you have created a dead duck issue in your locker room. Joe Thornton has been all but traded and discarded by San Jose, and now you are taking away his letter. The Sharks wanted to move their former captain but he wouldn’t go, and now you are trying to sell that he is equal to your rookies? To add insult to this mess the San Jose Sharks also took
the “A” off of Patrick Marleau‘s jersey.
We’re starting this year with a clean slate,” Wilson said. “Coming into training camp, everyone is starting with no equity — from rookies through all of the veterans. ESPN
This just makes me think the Sharks are circling the drain with no true vision of the future. I couldn’t care less from an outsider’s standpoint, but I feel for the fans. Sharks fans have watched their team make strong runs during the regular season only to have their hopes killed by a sub-par postseason. Now ownership and the coaching staff are expecting their fans to stand by as the team works to rebuild with a bunch of the same old players. There is something wrong here.
When it comes to the Stanley Cup Champions it has been “Head West Young Man.” Maybe the NHL should take a long look at what is going on in San Jose, because something smells fishy in San Jose. All I know is Pacific Division teams smell chum in the water and they will be circling the sharks this season.