Two days ago, I published an article about why the San Jose Sharks must "stay the course."
Now I'm discussing who is fair game to be traded.
While I still don't believe that the Sharks should completely tear down the walls, it has become more clear that this team is in need of a shakeup.
What has changed in the last two days?
For one, the Sharks were blown out by the NHL's worst team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. It marked their second loss in five days to a 15th-place team. It also marked the ninth straight game in which San Jose gave up at least three goals.
The injuries are also starting to pile up. Douglas Murray, Dominic Moore, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Benn Ferriero and Jim Vandermeer have all been casualties of a nine-game road trip so far.
For whatever reason, the Sharks seem to be coming apart, just after it seemed like they may have been coming together. And while they could always come back together again, they can't wait for that to happen. They are in a dog fight to make the playoffs at this point, and the trade deadline is four days away.
However, this is still a delicate situation. A good trade could spark a Stanley Cup run, but a bad one could set this franchise back for years.
Given that, let's take a look at who in San Jose is—and who isn't—expendable at this year's trading deadline.