5 Players the Sharks Should Target
The San Jose Sharks are one of the many favorites in the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now. This offseason they can make moves to become the favorite. They will bring back most of a team that had 111 points. They only need to make some small moves to perfect this lineup. The problem is they only have a little over million left. They can't overspend on anyone. These are the five guys the Sharks should go after this offseason.
The biggest name the Sharks could be losing this offseason is Dan Boyle. He is coming off close to million annually, and he could be looking for something similar. Marek Zidlicky will play a similar type of game at a much cheaper price. He played in the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago. He is one of the best defenseman on the powerplay. He will be great for this team.
The Sharks don't really need any extra forwards on their team, but Brian Gionta is the kind of player you really want on your team. He is gritty and has missed one game in the past two years. As captain, he brought the Canadiens back to prominence in the Atlantic division. He isn't the same guy who had 30 goal ability, but you couldn't afford that player anyway. He is perfect for the price you can get him.
This signing is the low-risk, high-reward variety. Jeff Schultz has fallen on hard times since his breakout year in 2009-10. While that was a long time ago, Schultz showed in the minors that he can still contribute. He helped bring the Manchester Monarchs to the AHL playoffs. He will come at a minimum price and could bring maximum results if he is given the chance. If not, he will stay in the minors and it won't cost you anything.
I may hit a nerve with this one, but hear me out. Alex Stalock is one of the best stories in the NHL. He suffered a severed nerve in his leg a few years ago and fought his way back to become one of the best backup goalies in the league. Now that he had such a good season, the Sharks might have to pay a lot to keep him. If Gustavsson comes cheaper, they should go for him instead. He excels off the bench without the injury history of Stalock.
Brooks Orpik has been up and down this season, making headlines as a controversial USA roster pick and when he was thrown to the ice by Shawn Thornton, having to leave on a stretcher. He will be the Sharks' only big name signing, as their cap space dictates. He is a big hitter and can provide toughness to the blue line. He can be paired with either Dan Boyle or Marc-Edouard Vlasic depending on the matchup you want.