Sharks are in the middle of one of the longer sessions as one of the league's upper echelon teams who do not win the Stanley Cup. The Emil Rangers had about seven years, the French "Sambli" had the same number of strikes in the stables, the predators of the modern harvest in less than half a decade, but the sharks, well, they went empty every time by Joe Thornton
eliminating the finals of the Blues Conference in the six games, Sharks will all-in again, as evidenced by the re-signing of an unexpected free agent Erik Karlsson in a stunning season. eight-year contract for 88 million dollars. Damn long-term consequences, San Jose goes to Bay Area Big Three on the back end with Carlson, Norris finalist Brent Burns and Mark Edward Vlasic.
Loaded on the back, enough talented at the front even seems to have enough space under the cap to restore the expected center of free agent (and captain) Joe Pavelski, the sharks will have a problem area. This is on the net, where the club received substandard work from Martin Jones for most of the season and periodically in the tournament.
So, with San Jose, GM Doug Wilson does what he can to keep the window open year after the trade. For Carlson, I wonder if he can move on to the next logical step and try to strengthen his goal.
I'm actually wondering if Wilson can call Rangers to ask Henrik Lundquist. Rangers is not trying to repel Lundquist. This is not a message sent by Manhattan to Gothenburg, Sweden, by mail. The management is not going to ask the franchisee to give up their clause of inactivity. Lundqvist made it clear that he wanted to keep Blueshirts back into the playoffs. There is no hesitation on the front lines neither from the front office nor from the goal keeper.
But what if a serious contender for a glass came after him? What would happen if Wilson was allowed to make a ball? Lundkvist's sister lives in the bay area. And, of course, his good friend, Carlson, would be available to help with the transition. And he will play behind the defense, which for the first time in 201
The best scenario, Kaapo Kako is ready and contributes to Broadway, the same for Vitali Kravtsov and for Adam Fox. Philip Chittil made a significant leap forward, the same for Liass Anderson, and Libor Hayek formed a place on the blue line. Lundkvist, along with Alexander Georgiev and / or Igor Shestarkin, played throughout the season as well as during the first three months plus 2018-19. And Rangers hang in the playoffs race at least in March.
But there is a reverse side. Kako is not quite ready and spends some time in apprenticeship at Hartford, as well as Kravtsov and Fox. Chtyil and Andersson do not make quantum jumps. Hayek needs more work in AHL. (Wonder why is it so critical for Rangers to hire the right Wolf Pack coach?) Rangers are buried by January, and less and less you have to give Lundqvist games instead of turning them almost entirely into the two kids.
The deadlines of the big gatekeepers' transactions do not work. There is not enough time to adapt. It is hard for a star to make a transition to a commercial end after spending a lifetime with one team. It would be virtually impossible for a goalkeeper; it is virtually impossible for the 37-year-old Lundquist.
As such, if sharks want to deal with Lundquist, now will be the time. San Jose has already traded its first tournaments for 2019 (Evander Cane) and 2020 (Carlson), so Wilson is likely to be shy to sacrifice his first game in 2021. But with Rangers retaining half the salary and hit ($ 4.25 million), perhaps San Jose may be convinced to break up with Ryan Merklee, the defender of Peterborough, who Wilson chose the 21st overall in June.
Ideally, the sharks would have Jones in support of Lundqvist, who would probably get somewhere about 50 starts, and the wheelback Aaron Dell. But Wilson can explore moving Jones and his $ 5.75 million hit, which runs through 2023-24 to free up space.
Again, this is an exercise in hypothetical. Rangers do not aim for it. So far, there are no sharks. Even if Wilson wants to ask, Lundqvist may well give up.
Still, I wonder.