Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson promised change at the end of last season after an early departure from the Stanley Cup playoffs. While most followers of the Sharks have been waiting for the big trade or earth shattering move, many changes have taken place that have changed the shape of the Sharks roster both on and off the ice.
Change takes place in many different ways.” - Doug Wilson
The most recent development was the revelation that moving forward, the team will enter training camp with no designated captain or alternate captains. Head Coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News yesterday during an informal meeting that those positions are up for grabs and will be determined by many factors during training camp. Presumably, McLellan is referring to attitude, conditioning and level of play.
As news of the “C” being removed from Patrick Marleau
’s sweater and the “A’s” no longer belonging to Joe Thornton
and Mike Grier (who became a free agent and recently signed with Buffalo) sinks in, there are sure to be those who are still looking for the big trade.
“Change takes place in many different ways,” reiterated Wilson, referring to this development as well as the departure of nine regulars from last year’s roster. In addition, the Sharks have seen more than 20 players leave the organization from San Jose right on down to their top development affiliate in Worcester. Wilson is also expecting continued growth from the Sharks core group of players, all of whom will be expected to raise their level of play, commitment and effort.
With just over three weeks to the start of veteran training camp, there is plenty of time for additional change.