Idling San Jose Sharks need to add another gear (goal scorer)
The Sharks lost again Sunday, lost for the sixth time in their past eight games. But do not come to the wrong conclusion.
The Sharks are not in trouble. The Sharks are in need.
They need an oomph injection.
They need a player who could have scored a third goal for them Sunday, a goal that would have tied Detroit in regulation and sent the game into overtime, instead of forcing the Sharks to settle for a spirited 3-2 defeat.
They need a forward who can play on the top two lines and provide more offensive vigor to a team that actually played pretty well defensively against the Red Wings.
They need another veteran presence that can produce more consistency, so that the Sharks don’t score five or six goals some nights and only one or two in other games (including the past two).
They need a home game right now in the worst way but must gut it out for four more games on their absurdly long nine-game trip, the Milos Raonic Magical Mystery Tour — so named because the lengthy journey is the annual fallout from Raonic and other tennis stars occupying HP Pavilion for the weeklong SAP Open. The Sharks must hate February.
There is no secret wish list for the Sharks. The names are out there, the possible acquisitions and usual suspects who could add some juice to the roster: Teemu Selanne, Ryan Smyth, Jarome Iginla, Tuomo Ruutu, and especially Rick Nash.
But here’s the bad news: None of those players may be available to be picked up in a reasonable deal, or even available at all. Things seem to be breaking that way.
So. The Sharks may stick with what they have. They may count on the additional top-six forward juice coming from a player already on the roster. They may count on hamstring-injured Marty Havlat to return at full speed (reports are positive about his rehab) or count on recent rookie call-up Tommy Wingels to have an impact along the lines of Logan Couture’s impact in the final weeks of the 2010-11 season.