Whether or not the San Jose Sharks make the playoffs this season, things are about to drastically change in San Jose.
It has simply been a weird year for the franchise. GM Doug Wilson trades away scorers Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi in pursuit of speed and defense, something that has been lacking in the team's previous playoff runs.
The goal was to better prepare this team for a Stanley Cup Finals run. What it did was cause the franchise to rethink who should be running this team and which players should be on it.
Granted, the Sharks did lose Martin Havlat for a significant period of time and the team had struggles thereafter, but a team of the Sharks' caliber was never thought likely to be in a wild playoff run heading into the final week of the season.
If the Sharks make the playoffs, things will feel that tiny bit better. But missing out on postseason hockey may take this franchise to a place it never wanted to be in.
Someone has to take bullet for this disastrous season, and there are few names in the running for that rightful dishonor.