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Will Todd McLellan get the pink slip? And if so, how would it affect fantasy hockey?

There have been infinite discussions regarding what the San Jose Sharks will do next season including some conversations in our very own forums. Will they blow it up? Will the team remain status quo? Will Todd McLellan get shown the door?



There has been a lot of talk that Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will never lead the team to a championship and it is difficult to argue with that statement. There is no question that they would both survive offensively on another team if they waived the no trade clauses that came with their newly signed three year deals, but it is also safe to assume that they would not be as productive on another team. Neither would Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Matt Nieto, or Tomas Hertl for that matter. It is even debatable whether or not Logan Couture would increase his production even though he would get more opportunity if one of the big guns left. For the sake of their fantasy owners, hopefully the team remains status quo, as the forwards make each other more valuable as demonstrated by San Jose's 249 goals this year which is good for fifth in the league. Besides, the team obviously believed enough in Thornton and Marleau earlier this year to sign them to three year extensions despite their past playoff failures. This year's playoff disaster won't stop them from retiring as Sharks, especially when they have the final say with their no movement clauses. 


Common Sense

The real problem in San Jose during the playoffs was not their forwards. The real concern this summer should be addressing their goaltending and their offensive contributions from the blue line. Despite his Stanley Cup ring, Doug Wilson clearly needs to evaluate whether or not Antti Niemi is the answer in goal. Niemi's save percentage in last year's playoffs was a stellar .930. This year he posted a .894. Overall Niemi's career regular season save percentage is .916 while his consistency in the playoffs drops to .907. His GAA plunge is even worse as he has a career 2.39 in the regular season compared to 2.74 in the post season.

Besides their evaluation of Niemi, the Sharks also needs to find a more reliable offensive blue liner and should desperately seek a replacement for Dan Boyle. They may re-sign him at a discount over the summer, but Bo