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08-10-2012, 12:54 AM
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Their system better be their concern right now. Most of their top-tier NHL guys are on the wrong side of 30 and values are dropping, there's nothing in the system and if they dont win it all in the next year or so, they better start a major rebuild. Problem with that is most their core guys will be around 35..
The Sharks are in for a long climb back to respectability unless they do something pretty soon.
It sounds like mostly hopes and wishes on your part.
Marleau and Thornton will be turning 33 this season. Each have at least 5 GOOD years left. Neither one has any injury problems and neither has regressed in overall play (Thornton has actually been a better overall player).
Boyle was a top-10 defenseman last year according to his TOI, Corsi and other meaningful d-man stats. His point totals have also been consistent in each of his 4 years in sj.
Another great thing about these 3, they're not tied into 14-year crazy contracts. Once their deals expire, the team has plenty of flexibility. They can re-sign them if they want, or use the money elsewhere and move Couture and Pavelski into even more meaningful roles.
The Sharks franchise has left themselves in good shape once the 13-14 season is over.
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