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Predicting Protected Lists: San Jose Sharks 

Due to Joe Thornton and Patrick Marceau being unrestricted free agents this offseason, the Sharks would appear to be set up in a comfortable position regarding the expansion draft. However, due to exposure requirements, the situation is much more complicated than how it looks. 

The Sharks have five players they must protect. Three are forwards and two are defensemen. The forwards are Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, and Tomas Hertl, and the defensemen are Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. 

This leaves the Sharks with room to protect either four more forwards and one more defenseman or one more forward and two more defensemen. 

Each team for the expansion draft is required to expose two forwards and one defenseman that meets a minimum games played and contract requirement. Out of the remaining players for the Sharks at forward, four players, Joel Ward, Mikkel Boedker, Jannik Hansen, and Melker Karlsson, meet that requirement. 

Therefore, should the Sharks protect seven forwards, they would have to leave two of the aforementioned players exposed. 

For instance, say they leave Hansen and Ward exposed out of that group. That would leave their protection list looking like Couture, Pavelski, Hertl, Boedker, Karlsson, Tierney (RFA), and who? The remaining options are essentially Barclay Goodrow, a restricted free agent, and a bunch of unrestricted free agents. 

To be fair, the Sharks could sign Michael Haley and use him to fulfill exposure requirements. But, if they were going to do that, you would think that they would have signed him already. 

So that makes me hypothesize: the Sharks might protect four defensemen instead if this is the case and risk losing one of Karlsson, Boedker, or Tierney. 

Instead of protecting a meaningless depth player, they can then protect Justin Braun AND Brendan Dillon along with Vlasic and Burns. 

This way may seem a bit unconventional, but it makes sense for the Sharks. 

In total, I predict the San Jose Sharks protection list will look like the following:

Forwards: Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, and ONE OF Boedker/Tierney/Karlsson

Defense: Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun, and Brendan Dillon 

Goalie: Martin Jones 

To be fair, the Sharks could bribe Vegas not to take one of their important players. Regardless, it will be interesting to see the route that Doug Wilson takes. 

Next team: St. Louis Blues

Kevin, @TheNHLFiles


Trade Possibility: Lars Eller 

Continuing with our series, we look at Montreal’s potential trade chip Lars Eller. The Danish center has been subject to multiple rumors over the past few seasons but that all may come to fruition this offseason.  Read the rest of this entry

Trade Possibility: Dennis Wideman 

Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames could be on the move this summer. The 33 year old defenseman has one year left on his contract at a 5.25 million cap hit and a 6 million salary.  Read the rest of this entry

Sharks, Islanders, Panthers and Capitals have chance to erase ugly history in 2016 playoffs 

The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs have provided a number of teams with a chance to change their past. The Sharks, Islanders, Panthers, and Capitals all have a shot at a redemption of sorts, but the road getting there won’t be easy. 

The Sharks have gotten a chance to face bitter foe Los Angeles in the playoffs once again, and more importantly for the first time since the historic 2014 collapse. In that series, as we all know, the Sharks were up 3-0 before the Kings stormed back on their road to their second Stanley Cup in three years. The Sharks yet again are up 2-0 this year with a chance to make it 3-0 tonight. 

Both rosters have changed and evolved since the 2014 bout, especially San Jose’s. Players like Joel Ward and Joonas Donskoi are new to the mix as well as head coach Peter DeBoer behind the bench. 

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau don’t have much time left in the NHL unfortunately. The Sharks have a chance to do something special this year and erase the 2014 meltdown from memory and finally move on.  

The Islanders and Panthers are two teams going head to head that have some disappointing history within their respective franchises. The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since 1996, however they are outdone by the Islanders who haven’t won one since 1993. Both are young, hungry teams looking to make the leap to legitimate contenders. 

Garth Snow and the Islanders are certainly closer to the threshold for change than the Panthers are, despite Dale Tallon’s trade deadline extravaganza. One team will undoubtedly go home empty handed and disappointed, but one will head back to their home city with a changed history. 

The Capitals have some ugly history to vex also. They had the most points in the league again this year, a feat they also accomplished in 2009-2010 when the Montreal Canadiens eliminated them in round one. The Capitals have never won the Stanley Cup and have only advanced to the finals once in their history. That year, 1998, was also the last year the Capitals made it past the second round. 

Ovechkin and company have their best chance at making a run at the Cup this year for the first time in far too long. The first step is getting to the third round, though. 

Plenty of teams have the chance to re-write history in the first round (or beyond) this year. The playoffs are a new animal and there’s never any rhyme or rhythm with how things will shake out. The fate of these four teams can only and will only be decided on a game to game basis. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Marleau has Backed the Sharks into a Terrible Situation

The San Jose Sharks season took an unexpected turn over the past 48 hours, with news leaking that Patrick Marleau could be seeking a trade. With a no trade clause in place, Marleau has all the control and the three teams on his list currently are Anaheim, Los Angeles, and the New York Rangers. The list is rumored to possibly expand to Nashville and Chicago per TSN, but regardless it Doug Wilson into a spot he does not want to be in. 

Trading a player who has been on your team for over 1300 games played is difficult enough to go through, but it is especially difficult when two-thirds of his trade list is rival teams. Shipping Marleau to Anaheim or Los Angeles might be too tough of a pill to swallow for the organization. 

This leaves Doug Wilson at the moment with one option if a trade were to happen – the New York Rangers. As previously stated, the list could expand as Wilson fishes around the league, but Marleau’s no trade clause will be a tough cookie to crack. Marleau’s contract has one more year on it after this year at 6.66 million salary and cap hit, which would be difficult for the Rangers or even the Blackhawks to take on without giving a bad contract back to San Jose. 

Outside of that issue, the Sharks also face the fact that they traded their first round pick this year to get Martin Jones. Losing Marleau certainly would not help with that situation. The pick is not lottery protected. 

The San Jose Sharks and Doug Wilson are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They need to decide between keeping Marleau and trying to be a playoff team this year or tearing it down, trading Marleau (and company) while their value is still high, and dealing with the pain of losing a good draft pick. The value of Maleau is still up in the air, but age and production put into play it is unlikely that he is worth a first round pick.

As the season progresses, we will get a clearer picture of what is going to happen. The Sharks started out hot under the stellar play of Martin Jones but have since faltered and fallen to 10th in the West and four points out of a wild card spot. As a streaky team, one stretch in the upcoming weeks could reveal the fate of their roster. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

NHL Hits Torres with Longest Ever Suspension

Raffi Torres set an NHL record today, but not the kind of record you want to be in the books on. The NHL laid down the hammer on Torres, suspending him for 41 games. Under the current conditions, Raffi Torres is considered a repeat offender and for good reason. The Sharks will have to try to sort something out before tomorrow’s 5 PM EST roster deadline or else Torres will be taking up space on the Sharks roster. Read the rest of this entry

Trades Highlight Day Two of 2015 NHL Draft

Although nothing will out-do the hours leading up to the draft yesterday, day two was no bust on the trade front. The GMs worked tirelessly to improve their teams whilst trying to find gems in the later round of the draft. Day two saw the trade of Cam Talbot finally, but still no Patrick Sharp or Phil Kessel. 
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Babcock’s Descision: What it Means for Toronto, Detroit, Buffalo, San Jose, and New Jersey

The Mike Babcock sweepstakes is over. On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that Babcock will become the 30th head coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history, as he inked an eight year deal at 50 million total salary. Babcock was sought after by multiple teams, but in the end, money and organizational power were big determining factors. 
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Make it or Break it Seasons: Dany Heatley & Martin Havlat

Although both being prominent 20+ goal scorers once, Martin Havlat has seemingly fallen off the map while in California, where he played for 3 seasons in black and teal, as has Dany Heatley, in the great hockey state of Minnesota. Havlat was the big piece going to San Jose in July of 2011 in the trade which brought Dany Heatley to Minnesota, which quite frankly in the long run, meant just two large contracts switching teams. Both players, eager for a fresh start, never really found their grooves in their new homes, although the Sharks made it to the postseason 3 times with Martin Havlat, whereas the Wild only danced once with Dany Heatley on the roster. Almost 3 seasons later, both men hit unrestricted free agency, eager for a new start and a new team to play with, and new identities to create for themselves.
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