Joe Thorntons slump
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02-11-2013, 03:25 PM
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Meh. Half of it is the roster. The Sharks have traded away a lot of solid 3rd/4th liners and prospects to land rentals for each year's playoff run. Sometimes it was a direct swap, sometimes it was to clear room to sign a veteran for a year or two.
The result? An old, declining, sorry excuse for a bottom 6. Wilson has been more aggressive in "win now" than his model franchise, the Red Wings. Even if you can continue to re-sign your top players at hometown discounts, eventually you have nothing left for the bottom 6 and are stuck hoping guys like Gomez and Handzus can get'er'done.
The other half of it is the system. Simply put, McLellan has not shown to me the ability to adjust to an opponent. That's what separates very good coaches from average coaches. Once a team "figures out" the Sharks, that's it. It's over. The tweaks to fix the Sharks often come a month or two later. That doesn't work so well come playoff time. Take a look at the Sharks powerplay. Yes, powerplays go hot/cold, but the night and day swing from when teams had a few games of video vs before they had video is mindboggling.
I don't find that this is neccesarily fair. Woudl Torrey Mitchell, Jay Barriball, Josh Gorges, Nick Bonino, or Ty Wishart really help this roster that much right now? Really, the best bottom-6 players we've had have been free agent additions on the cheap/trades - Malhotra, Roenick, Winnik, etc.
And other than Handzus, how is our bottom-six old and declining? Wingels, Shepard, Galiardi, and Desjardins are young...
The only guys, from memory, who could've helped right now would have been Brad Boyes (unlikely he would have stayed here), Marcel Goc (who simply never put it together here and left as a FA), Christian Ehrhoff (would have priced himself out), and Matt Carle (would have priced himself out). Perhaps Steve Bernier as a #8-9 guy.
The one guys that really fits your billing is Sgarbossa, maybe Connolly. Time will tell.
On that note, what was the trade that SJ made where they lost the pick that turned into David Krejci?
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