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Fear The Fin Jul 15, 2016

2015-16 Sharks Season in Review: Melker Karlsson

Melker Karlsson struggled away from the Joes this season. Can he still provide value off of the top line? Melker Karlsson, like many players who filled the wing alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, posted much better numbers with the Joes than without. Like he did for much of last season, he spent most of his ice time playing on the Sharks’ top line in the regular season (nearly 193 minutes, according to Corsica Hockey). With the Joes, Karlsson posted positive even strength Corsi and Fenwick percentages relative to the team, meaning the Sharks attempted more shots with the trio on...
Fear The Fin Jul 7, 2016

How much is it going to cost to extend Brent Burns?

The Wookiee’s gonna get paid. The 2017 offseason is shaping up to be very interesting for the Sharks. Brent Burns, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will all become UFAs following the 2016-17 season and Marc-Edouard Vlasic will have just a year left on his deal. General manager Doug Wilson would like to see at least one of those contract decisions made before next June — and Burns’ is likely at the forefront of his mind. Burns will be 32 in March and is currently on a five-year deal worth $5.76 million a year. So how much will it cost to keep our favorite Wookiee around? Well, it...
Fear The Fin Jul 5, 2016

2015-16 Sharks Season Review: Joe Thornton

Adversity is a hell of a thing. Joe Thornton could have pouted and become a nuisance to the San Jose Sharks after all the talk surrounding the Sharks’ captaincy. Thornton decided instead to do what he always does, put up plenty of points. In the grand scheme of this season, Thornton may be forgotten. He didn’t score like Pavelski in the regular season and he didn’t put up the playoff points of a Logan Couture. I am sure that will suit him just fine, as he continues to be one of the most underrated stars in the NHL. Nobody passes like Jumbo Joe and at a point per game this past season,...

Hertl, Sharks see new deal as a step toward better days

The Sharks made official Thursday a deal that had been reported earlier in the week, signing pending restricted-free-agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the team’s top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season’s trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Hertl, 22, is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. The Sharks’ 2012 first-round pick thrived when moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in the middle of the season — he had...
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2016

What do the Sharks need this offseason?

We look at the holes in the current roster. With the draft behind us and free agency looming, we can finally take a comprehensive look at what the Sharks have to work with this offseason. I’m going to group all the 2015-16 Sharks into three categories: Signed, UFAs and RFAs. From there, we can see what holes need to be plugged. Signed These Sharks are under contract for the 2017-18 season. All salary information comes from GeneralFanager.com. Forwards (9, $34,453,332) Joe Thornton, $6,750,000 Patrick Marleau, $6,666,666 Joe Pavelski, $6,000,000 Logan Couture , $6,000,000 Joel Ward,...

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