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Not Much Of A Cultural Change In San Jose

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Despite loud promises of impending change, tomorrow is starting to look an awful lot like yesterday in San Jose. That's not sitting too well with the Sharks' fired-up fans, but once they get past their anger and frustration, they just might realize that stability isn't the worst thing.

Granted, the team isn't getting the rebuild the fans were promised by GM Doug Wilson in the aftermath of the team's opening round meltdown against the Kings.

The culture that many saw as a problem remains virtually unchanged.

The big free-agent signing of the summer has been John “Fifth Line” Scott.
San Jose chose not to re-sign Drew Remenda, one of the best analysts in the game.

And yes, the team has crossed the moral line for a small but vocal group of fans who are offended by the idea of adding cheerleaders to the game presentation.

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I like Thornton and Marleau, and I’m glad they are still here.  No one was suggesting the Pens ship out Crosby after he had a bad playoff.  These guys have been consistent performers and have been extraordinarily durable.  It’s one thing to say trade them, but who do you replace them with?  What peeves me is dumping Boyle without bringing in another quality D.  The Sharks have a few good young guys ready to play, but no one like Boyle.  They are going to be worse on the blue line even with Burns moving back.  Hannan was once a solid stay at home guy, but he’s well into his slide.  The other problem is that Wilson has traded a lot of prospects and draft picks over the last several years, so their youth pool is pretty weak.  With the exception of Hertl, I don’t see too much on the near horizon.  The other dismaying move was bringing in two goons.  I’m fine with resigning Brown.  He plays a good 4th line role and can at least play a bit.  Not so for Scott or Haley.

Posted by cantskate on 07/28/14 at 07:06 PM ET

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