Suddenly the Sharks are in a dogfight to make the playoffs. Hopefully Havlat coming back soon helps. They have 5 games left vs. Phoenix and 3 vs. Dallas, they need to put the boots to those scrubs lock up the division!
I refuse to believe this year's middling performance has anything to do with the loss of Heatley or Setoguchi. Heatley sucked and Setoguchi was wildly inconsistent and neither are doing squat in Minnesota.
I guess heads have to roll if they don't make the playoffs but I can't imagine DW or Mclellan getting canned.
Statistically their offense is the only thing that's noticeably dropped since last season (down from 6th to 12th), pretty much everything else--defense, special teams--are more or less the same. Keep in mind they weren't great defensively to begin with, so the lack of timely scoring might really be hurting now. And if there's one thing their new trade acquisitions don't do well, it's score.
Honestly though, it you've got a team with Thornton, Marleau, Boyle, Burns, Couture, Pavelski, and Clowe, and STILL need an aging Marty Havlat to make his way back, something's seriously wrong with the core of this team. Honestly, ownership needs to wake up. It. Ain't. Working. I would keep Pavelski, keep Couture, maybe keep Burns, and declare in a loud, booming voice that everything else is up for grabs, NMC/NTCs be damned. The Sharks are simply too expensive and too talented to have any excuses at this point. And since there is absolutely no help coming from the farm, I'd say a major reshuffling is in order before it's too late. The coach and GM are not the problem.