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Is That Window Opening Or Closing?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Watching the San Jose Sharks going down in Game 3 to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, a series that seems solidly in the control of the Blues, brought the situation of both clubs into sharp relief.

For the Blues, the window for winning a championship seems to be just opening. With their best youngsters just hitting their prime - Patrick Berglund was awesome in a 4-3 win in Game 3, the Blues’ first road playoff win in nine years - its not hard to forecast the best days are ahead for the club. If Alex Pietrangelo becomes the star on defence many are suggesting he will be, all the elements may be there for St. Louis’ first Cup in the near future.

For the Sharks, a strong NHL outfit for a decade that still hasn’t been able to get to a Stanley Cup final, the window looks to be closing. Joe Thornton is 32, Patrick Marleau will be 33 when next season begins (if it begins) and Dan Boyle will soon turn 36.

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There was a time (5ish years ago?) when the Sharks looked to be a factory of developing impact players, both at forward and on D, but for whatever reason, that seems to have ceased.

Besides Couture, who is money for sure, do they even have anyone on the horizon to take them into the next stage? Pavelski will be 28 but he feels older.

Also, their goaltending sitch is a mess. I used to see Sharks fans complain about Nabokov and think to myself, if they only knew how good they have it with that guy. Granted, he never won a Cup for them, but in comparison to Niemi, the guy was Marty Brodeur.

Posted by Chris M from Ottawa on 04/17/12 at 11:40 AM ET

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