Sharks: The Better Version
The Sharks came within 4 wins of the cup finals, the closest they have post lockout. Unfortunently it was not enough. There were 3 MAIN weaknesses i saw. To soft/small defence, poor goaltending, no bodies in front of the net. I think if they address these 3 things then they are the primary contenders for the cup.
Draft day 2010:
To San Jose: Dustin Byfuglien, Niklas Hjalmarsson
To Chicago: Jamie McGinn, 3rd round pick 2010, 3rd round pick 2011
Yes this looks like Halak V2, but chicago is in MAJOR cap trouble and need to get rid of salary. McGinn and Hjalmarsson salaries are basically a wash but McGinn has id say a 20 goal/50 point potential, which is not bad for someone making that kind of money. Big Buff gives San Jose a solid winger and a very strong net presence. San Jose has the cap room to obsorb his salary as well.
To San Jose: Andrew Cogliano
To Edmonton: Jason Demers
Cogliano can be had for very little right now because Edmonton has a bunch of up and coming young forwards which places cogs outside the top 6. In San Jose hed be put on a 3rd line. basically McGinns replacement. Demers is a very young but good puck moving defenceman who coudl QB a 2nd PP unit.
To San Jose: Cory Schnieder, Francois Beauchemin, Van 2nd round pick 2010, Tor 3rd round pick 2010
To Vancouver: Devin Setoguchi, Thomas Griess, Thomas Kaberle, Tor 5th round pick 2011
To Toronto: Marc Eduard Vlassic, Cody Hodgson, Van 3rd round pick 2010
This trade makes sence on many levels. First San Jose gets Cory Schnieder, their goalie for the future, a much tougher D-man then vlassic and a couple of picks to restock their farm system. Vancouver aquires Devin Setoguchi, a great sniper that would mesh well with the Sedin twins,a backup goalie that knows how to open a door, a very good puck moving defenceman and a throw in pick. Toronto gets Vlassic, a d-man that did his best under Wilson, very top line centre and a 3rd round pick.
Hodgson would never done much in vancouver. hed be stuck behind Sedin and Kesler. Therefore hes much more useful as trade bait.
Sign Defenceman Dan Hamhuis to a 4mil/ 5 year contract.
Very big and strong physical defenceman.
Sign Goalie Chris Mason 3.5/2 years
A very decent goalie. Doesnt play as many games as Nabokov/Lulongo did so we can also ease Schnieder into NHL play.
Resign Manny Malhotra 1.5/3 years
Resign Scott Nichol 750k/2 years
After these trades San Jose will have roughly 2.5m in cap space remaining. our lines then look like:
Cogliano- Malhotra- Mitchell
(Give Mason around 50 and Schnieder around 32)
If anyone can honestly say this team is worse then the one this year needs a brain examination. The forwards might not be as deep on the 4th line as id like them to be, but San jose has cap room to pull off a deal if needed. I love the defence. Id much rather have huskins as a 7th dman then a 5th. Its also much stronger.
Net presence- check
Stronger d- check
better goalie- check check
A legit contender for the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup!!!