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Sharks Could Be Active July 1

San Jose is always on the lookout to find what they want

Wednesday, 06.30.2010 / 4:52 PM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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When the free agent period opens up on Thursday morning, it would not be surprising to see San Jose active in some form as Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson has a track record of being proactive about acquiring what he wants.

There is no question San Jose would like to find someone to pair with Thomas Greiss to form a strong netminding combination. San Jose has some talented in-house netminding prospects in Alex Stalock and Harri Sateri, but they want to let the critical position players develop at the right speed.

Plus, there is an abundance of excellent goalies available this summer according to NHL.com. Even without the amount of goaltenders that could be out there, San Jose should be a strong consideration for any goalie looking to have that breakout season as the team has finished first in the Western Conference the past two regular seasons and just reached the Western Conference Finals. In addition, there is the defensive commitment from the entire team and the coaching staff to go with an offense that will provide plenty of goal support.

When it comes to the forward positions, San Jose looks to be fairly set with the current lineup as most of the players who skated in the last postseason are back. Of the top nine who played against Chicago, Manny Malhotra is the only player who San Jose would not have the rights to on July 1. In addition to the young prospects like Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn who were up during the playoffs, skaters like Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter, Frazer McLaren, Tommy Wingels, Cam MacIntyre and Andrew Desjardins, among others, are looking to crack the lineup full time.

On the blue line, the retirement of Rob Blake does open a top four spot, but the Sharks already have six blueliners under contract who played significant time in the Western Conference Finals and aren’t pressed to do anything. Younger players like Derek Joslin, Mike Moore, Nick Petrecki and Matt Irwin, to name a few, will all push for time as well.

There is no question the Sharks reserve list is stocked full at this time and the rookie tournament and training camp will have some intense battles for a few spots.

It should be fun for Sharks fans in the next few days to see who the club will look to add to the roster, but the best part is the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle and other stars will ensure the upcoming season will be at least as exciting as the past one.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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