Devoid of talent in the farm system and carrying a win-now mentality that has been in place since the lockout, the San Jose Sharks find themselves in unfavorable territory this season.
Struggling to make the postseason, the Sharks' best hope is to capture the eighth seed in the playoffs where they will most likely face off against the defensively sound St. Louis Blues, or the overpowering Vancouver Canucks.
San Jose made a push this offseason to shore up the defense by acquiring former Wild blueliner Brent Burns. The Sharks also made a questionable move when they moved top sniper Dany Heatley for oft-injured forward Martin Havlat.
Nobody on the Sharks is getting any younger and you have to wonder just how long the fans and ownership are going to tolerate disappointing postseasons. Although the Sharks have made the Western Conference finals twice in a row after repeatedly being ousted early in the playoffs, they were overmatched horribly by the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks.
If the Sharks fail to make the playoffs or see a quick exit, there are five very well known, expensive veterans that could be moved to create a better future for the organization.