5 Biggest San Jose Sharks Rumors Heading Into The Offseason

By Bradley Phillipps

5 Biggest San Jose Sharks Rumors Heading Into The Offseason

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After experiencing their most disappointing season since 2002-03, the San Jose Sharks will look to reestablish themselves next season. Sharks fans will look for the team to improve over the summer, and here are the biggest Sharks rumors going into the offseason.

5. Trading Back at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

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5. Trading Back at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft

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The Sharks have the ninth overall selection, but they also have two selections in the among the top 100. This has started speculation that the Sharks could trade back to accumulate picks within the top 100.

4. Sharks Unlikely To Spend To The Cap

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4. Sharks Unlikely To Spend To The Cap

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Last summer, the signings of John Scott and Mike Brown showed Sharks fans that they weren't looking to compete in 2014-15. The Sharks also have $16 million in cap space so they have the flexibility to pursue any free agent. But with the perceived mentality of Hasso Plattner not wanting to spend to the cap, it is unlikely that they will make a big splash.

3. Antti Niemi's Departure Will Create Chaos With Goalie Situation

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3. Antti Niemi's Departure Will Create Chaos With Goalie Situation

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Most fans aren't expecting Antti Niemi to return to the Sharks next year. If they go into next season with Alex Stalock and Troy Grosenick as their goalies, fans can start watching highlights of Auston Matthews. So, the Sharks are in dire need of finding a starting goalie, whether that be Michal Neuvirth, Jonathan Bernier or someone else.

2. Trading For Evgeni Malkin

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2. Trading For Evgeni Malkin

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Evgeni Malkin likely won't be traded to the San Jose Sharks, but as owner Hasso Plattner mentioned the possibility of trading for him, this rumor will continue to intensify until the beginning of next season. If the Sharks want to make a statement for next year, trading for Evgeni Malkin will do just that.

1. Trading Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau

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1. Trading Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau

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Ever since the end of last season, trade rumors surrounding Thornton and Marleau have been everywhere. Trading the two best players in franchise history is a stupid idea, however. The return for these two won't live up to expectations, and the resulting rebuild will cause turmoil. If the Sharks trade Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, they won't be contenders for the next decade.

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