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Doug Wilson's riskiest offseason ever

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08:20 AM ET 07.06 | There is a buzz not only in San Jose, but around the league courtesy of the moves the Sharks have made this summer. So strange, all this hockey talk in July. But the Sharks are forcing the conversation. And this morning, after taking a deep icy breath to assess all the trades and free agent signings, here is the overriding thought: This has officially become the riskiest offseason ever for general manager Doug Wilson. Here's why: He has profoundly shaken up a roster that, after all, did reach the Stanley Cup semifinals the past two springs. That means the Sharks were a pretty good team. Usually, this means minor tweaks and caulking, with maybe one semi-major purchase. Instead, Wilson went to Home Depot and came home with a pickup truck full of flabbergast.

San Jose Mercury News

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July 6, 2011  08:25 AM ET

I think the Shark's time has come and gone. Best chance was with Blake still on the blue line. This is still a playoff team, but I do not see a Cup for them right now.
I guess stranger things have happened, though.

July 6, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think the Shark's time has come and gone. Best chance was with Blake still on the blue line. This is still a playoff team, but I do not see a Cup for them right now.I guess stranger things have happened, though.

Getting rid of Heatley will help in the playoffs. Whoever replaces him will contribute (hits, assists, goals, whatever), something Dany didn't do.

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July 6, 2011  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Getting rid of Heatley will help in the playoffs. Whoever replaces him will contribute (hits, assists, goals, whatever), something Dany didn't do.

agree - I said yesterday if Havlat stays healthy Sharks do better with him than Heatly.

July 6, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Instead, Wilson went to Home Depot and came home with a pickup truck full of flabbergast.

I love that sentence. :-)

July 6, 2011  09:06 AM ET

The new Sens.

July 6, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The new Sens.

Or Philadelphia West.

July 6, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Perhaps there is even more flabbergast to come ? Or does he ramp it up and go to Walmart and get a semi load of bombastic bewilderment?

July 6, 2011  09:49 AM ET
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Perhaps there is even more flabbergast to come ? Or does he ramp it up and go to Walmart and get a semi load of bombastic bewilderment?

LMAO - But sorry Harry, Burkie beat him to it.

July 6, 2011  09:51 AM ET

By April he might be buying a bag of scram.

July 6, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Don't see how trading away two underperformers who often run cold during the playoffs is considered blowing up the team. Mark Purdy who wrote the article wouldn't know a hockey puck from a hole in the ground. He only writes about hockey during the playoffs and when he is bored with summer baseball. Jerkoff

July 6, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

LMAO - But sorry Harry, Burkie beat him to it.

Well in Calgary we continue to stare in awe at our Flames wheelbarrow of WTF ????

July 6, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Don't see how trading away two underperformers who often run cold during the playoffs is considered blowing up the team. Mark Purdy who wrote the article wouldn't know a hockey puck from a hole in the ground. He only writes about hockey during the playoffs and when he is bored with summer baseball. Jerkoff

So he doesn't play golf then?

July 6, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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Well in Calgary we continue to stare in awe at our Flames wheelbarrow of WTF ????

Harry it really appears that the Flames team building strategy was based on, "Hold my beer and watch this."

July 6, 2011  10:15 AM ET

If you want to win, just get rid of Joe Thornton.

The West is only getting stronger and younger, while teams with old talent like the Sharks look good on paper, they fail down the stretch in the playoffs. I can't blame him blowing up the team here...

July 6, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Wilson said after last year he was going to make a lot of big moves, and all he did was let his goalie walk. It's about time he did something and these moves can't hurt. Frees cap space in getting rid of Heatley who became the new no show joe and got a good defenseman in Burns.

July 6, 2011  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Wilson said after last year he was going to make a lot of big moves, and all he did was let his goalie walk. It's about time he did something and these moves can't hurt. Frees cap space in getting rid of Heatley who became the new no show joe and got a good defenseman in Burns.

Exactly, how is this SO much different than last year? They were successful, fell on their face, he ditched the goalie that aided in a lot of their success. This year, successful, fell on their face, ditched Set and Dany, the latter being a no show. It wasn't even that much work, he didn't talk to other teams: "While I'm here...you want Dany Heatley?"

July 6, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Or Philadelphia West.

Ahhhh...they should be so lucky out there in San Jose.

July 6, 2011  10:35 AM ET
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Don't see how trading away two underperformers who often run cold during the playoffs is considered blowing up the team.

It isn't. Turning over 10 players from your team, including your top 2 goal scorers, now that is an explosion.

 
July 6, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

It isn't. Turning over 10 players from your team, including your top 2 goal scorers, now that is an explosion.

is it ever....

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