SAN JOSE -- First came a historic first-round collapse for the San Jose Sharks against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then came the shockwaves during a long offseason of discontent.
There was talk of a locker room divide, and early in the offseason general manager Doug Wilson called the Sharks a "tomorrow team," one that was headed for a major rebuild and a leadership shakeup. Joe Thornton lost his captaincy, and alternate captain Patrick Marleau lost his leadership role.
But when the captain-less Sharks took the ice Friday for their first training camp practices, the roster was largely the same as it was last spring when they took a 3-0 series lead against the Kings before losing four straight.
Forward Tommy Wingels said the team was very excited to get back to work and stop dwelling on the past.
"There was a lot of talk off the ice," Wingels said. "From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are. I think obviously last year ended on as bad of a note as there could be, and this team has regrouped, addressed some things and we're as tight-knit as we've ever been."