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Would The Sharks Move Joe Pavelski Or Brent Burns?

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

“We can’t keep what we have, or at least keep the same approach. Something has to change,” Todd McLellan said on Friday. “It’s two years in a row losing to that team, and it’s a very good team, too. Let me make that very clear.

“But, it’s two years in a row losing to them. And, in fact, when we thought we had improved our group – which I believe we did – we got a weaker performance (in 2014) than we got the year prior.”...

The more intriguing options are up front in Pavelski and Burns, both of whom are under contract for the next several years at reasonable prices and are in the prime of their careers.

Pavelski is coming off of a 41-goal season, third in the NHL. If there were ever a time to sell high on the 29-year-old, this would be it, as the majority of Pavelski’s goals came on the wing of Thornton. His five-year, $30 million contract extension (that includes a limited no-trade clause) kicks in this summer, and the Wisconsin native could get a huge return if he became available.

As for Burns, who just completed his first full NHL season as a forward, his streaky play carried over into the playoffs. There aren’t many players in the game like the six-foot-five, 230-pound 29-year-old, who can take games over with his physicality and shot when he’s playing well. He also brings with him the option of returning to the blue line, where he didn’t work out in San Jose. Maybe he could fit in somewhere in the Eastern Conference, where teams typically play a less structured style. He’s set to make $5.67 million for the next three years.


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Franzen for either one, straight up.

OK fine, I’ll throw in Kindl.

Posted by Garth on 05/05/14 at 02:18 PM ET


Burns at $5.67 miliion? ahahahahaha. I know you hate Franzen but…. ahahahahahahaha.

Posted by weswolverine on 05/05/14 at 02:59 PM ET


I know you hate Franzen

No, actually, you don’t.

Posted by Garth on 05/05/14 at 03:07 PM ET


I recall that Babcock wanted Burns and was dismayed with the Sharks got him.  I wonder whether that is still the case?

Posted by cantskate on 05/05/14 at 03:43 PM ET

awould's avatar

I’d love to get Pavelski, but it would cost a ton and I’d rather see that big expense put towards a top D.

Posted by awould on 05/05/14 at 03:45 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Stewie Stewie Stewie

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/05/14 at 04:42 PM ET


Stewie Stewie Stewie

The two things I would love for the Wings to do:
1) Not sign anyone who used to play for the Red Wings (as much as I was sad to see Stuart leave)
2) Not sign anyone over, say, 33.

Posted by Garth on 05/05/14 at 04:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Regarding Stuart, he had a bad year with the Sharks, injuries, was also a healthy scratch numerous times.

Looks like he is slowing down and I would stay away from him plus he has one year left at $3.6M.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/05/14 at 05:00 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The Sharks can improve their team by jettisoning Thornton and Marleau, and letting Boyle go as well.  They are the problem.  They are the common link in all the choking.

Posted by Primis on 05/05/14 at 05:07 PM ET

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