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Sharks’ Offense Has Gone South Since McGinn Trade

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBAYAREA,

The Sharks have just 12 goals since the trade, or 1.50 per game. Compare that to the eight previous games with McGinn still in the lineup, and San Jose had 24, or 3.0 per game.

Simply put, this is a team that, as it stands right now, doesn’t have enough scorers. If it misses the postseason tournament for the first time since 2003, the McGinn trade will end up being a big reason why.

While McGinn wasn’t one of the most prolific point producers on the Sharks, the 23-year-old was in the midst of his best season as a pro. He had 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, and coach Todd McLellan was complimentary of his improving game for virtually the entire season when asked about his rugged winger.

His presence and steady game also allowed McLellan to keep his top two scoring lines generally intact, give or take some tinkering here and there. Everything was in place.

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CaliforniaPuck31's avatar

The Sharks traded the only player (besides Boyle and Couture) who was willing to give 100% and do so every night.  They lost a spark plug and a great prospect for an average grinder and speedy winger who has been a scratch most games.  They needed an agitator and someone who would infuse heart and work ethic, and instead they traded the only player they had like that away. 

Not a fan of DW after this last year.  Havlat was a complete bust and the team misses Seto for sure.  Time for Thornton to step up and rally the team or he will be one of the many guys to take the blame in May.

Posted by CaliforniaPuck31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 03/14/12 at 03:22 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

Yeah, I liked the idea of having Galiardi but I wish McGinn wasn’t the guy leaving.  He was one of my favourite players. 

We still have Mitchell but McGinn was a much better grinder.  We’re all going to see what this team is made of over the last 13 games, with nine against divisional opponents.  Hopefully, they still have a chance to get this done.  If they miss the playoffs, I think there will be hell to pay somewhere.  Whether it’s Wilson, Marleau, McClellan, Thornton, Niemi, we’re going to see some major changes in the post season, playoffs or not.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 03/14/12 at 05:38 PM ET

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