Record: 32-37-13 77p (6th in the Pacific)
Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
Head Coach Bob Boughner, D – Brent Burns (Trade – CAR), G – Alex Stalock (CHI), G – Adin Hill, F – Ryan Dzingel
General Manager Mike Grier, F – Luke Kunin, F – Oskar Lindblom, F – Steven Lorentz, F – Nico Sturm, D – Markus Nutivaara, D – Matt Benning, G – Aaron Dell, Head Coach David Quinn
The San Jose Sharks made history when they made Mike Grier general manager, and he hit the ground running as he brought in David Quinn as head coach and then made several moves make his team more competitive. The biggest move being the trade that sent Brent Burns to Carolina for Steven Lorentz. Moving one big contract for a much smaller provides some Cap relief the team has needed for some time. Now they just need to find a way to move on from Erik Karlsson and his albatross of a contract.
Offensively Grier did some small retooling adding the likes of Oskar Lindblom, Luke Kunin, Nico Sturm, and Lorentz. On defense he added Markus Nutivaara and Matt Benning to add some stability. Aaron Dell was also brought in and will play third string to Kaapo Kahkonen and James Reimer. Grier admitted that he wants the Sharks to be a competitive team, but steps back have to be taken to step forward. I feel that there were more steps forward than back by Grier, and while the Sharks won’t make the playoffs, they will be a tough, competitive team to play against.