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When talking about the San Jose Sharks it is important to note right off the bat that they have been a really good team for a very long time. They also been very financially profitable for both the city of San Jose and the league, so whoever’s idea it was to put a team in Southern California, pat on the back to you. Since 1997 they have missed the playoffs just twice and in but four of those years they advanced past the first round. The last decade or so has been anchored by the best player of his generation, center Joe Thornton, a future first ballot hall of famer. Last season, they entered the playoffs as the two seed and advanced all to the way to the Western Conference Finals, dispatching of the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche along the way before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Despite all of their success though, they have never won the Stanley Cup, and they have only appeared in one Stanley Cup Finals. That has got to be in their head at this point, so one must wonder how much that is affecting them as a franchise right now.
The last several offseasons have begun with a “will he or won’t he return” in regards to Joe Thornton. He was officially a free agent this summer but didn’t even talk to another team before deciding to return for another season. As far as the draft is concerned, the Sharks did not have a first-round draft choice this year due to a trade that a person needs an advanced math degree to explain, much less understand. In free agency, they didn’t do much, but they did bring back left-winger Timo Meier for four more years. Basically, the Sharks decided to keep the band together for one more season, and what a good band it is. We’ve already mentioned Thornton and Meier. There’s also defenseman Brett Burns, who led the team with 83 points a year ago. Center Tomas Herti finished second with 74 points and center Logan Couture finished third with 70 points.
Man, it seems like these San Jose Sharks have been a good team for what feels like one hundred years now, doesn’t it? In the past twenty years, the Sharks have missed the playoffs just two times. However, with all of that success, the Sharks have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals just one time, and that was in 2015, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. They had another solid season a year ago. They finished with 99 points, and the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They were matched up against the Edmonton Oilers in round one, whom they lost to in six games.
This offseason, on day one of free agency, the Sharks made two big signings. First they inked defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an eight-year contract and goaltender Martin Jones to a six-year contract. They also made a flurry of smaller moves, for example, bringing back future hall of fame center, 38-year old Joe Thornton, perhaps the best player of his generation, for another year. If the Sharks are going to continue to contend, they must get younger soon. In the draft, the Sharks grabbed center Josh Norris, who is barely 18-years-old, in round one. He will play for Michigan collegiately. Norris can fly up and down the ice. The Sharks and their fans hope Norris is just the first of many young pieces in the near future.
The San Jose Sharks had a good 2015-2016 season. The Sharks finished the regular season with 98 points, good for 6th in the Western Conference. In round one of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks faced off against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks defeated the Kings in six games, and moved on to round two, where they faced the Nashville Predators. The Sharks defeated the Predators in seven games and moved onto the Western Conference Finals, where they faced off against the St. Louis Blues, a series in which the Blues won in six games. The Sharks had an uninteresting off-season. They signed a couple of guys to one year contracts, and actually didn't have a first round draft choice. The Sharks have an old team, and the brass believes 2016-2017 might be one last hurrah for them.
The San Jose Sharks are one of the NHL's newest teams, and they were founded in 1991 in San Jose, California. However, since their inception, even though they have never won the Stanley Cup, they have done a lot of winning. The Sharks have six division titles to their name- 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. During that stretch of four straight division titles they were on one of the NHL's best teams each season. Despite the lack of a Stanley Cup, it was still a pretty good run. The Sharks general manager is Doug Wilson, and as if May 20, 2015, they are searching for a new head coach. The Sharks play at the SAP Center at San Jose, which was originally opened as the San Jose Arena in 1993.
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The Sharks finished the regular season this year with a just 89 points, good for the third worst total in the Western Conference. As of this moment, this is an older team at the end of their run, and it appears as if a rebuild is on the way. Join your fellow fans and pick up some Sharks tickets today.