The San Jose Sharks went to the Western Conference Finals in 2010 and 2011, and in between saw a number of their top players skate in the 2010 Olympics. That's a lot of hockey in a short span, and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson believes that was one factor for the team's slide to seventh in the Western Conference last season and loss in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But rather than dwell on last season's struggles, Wilson is embracing the positives. Could a longer summer actually be a good thing?
"Going to the final four two years in a row and the Olympics thrown in, maybe if [players] got rest this summer and rehabbed, they come back healthy and in great shape, it may be a good thing out of a bad situation," Wilson told NHL.com.
To help improve his team's situation for the 2012-13 season, Wilson chose to reshape the team's identity.