San Jose Sharks Season Wrap-Up: The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2011-12

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San Jose Sharks Season Wrap-Up: The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2011-12
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What do you say after a team with as much hype and talent as the San Jose Sharks fails to make a dent in the NHL playoffs?

Changes are coming in San Jose, and only a couple players are untouchable.

The 2011 offseason gave San Jose reason for hope in terms of overcoming the hurdle that is the Western Conference Finals.

GM Doug Wilson traded scoring ability for speed and defense when he traded Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi for Brent Burns and Martin Havlat in two separate trades with the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild got a new hope for their team, especially early in the season when they were able to score at will while sitting at the top of the Western Conference for some time.

What the Sharks got was a failure to score goals, inept defense, miserable special teams and a giant headache.

Now, with the season over after a first-round loss to the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs, San Jose has many routes it can take to get back to the top of the Western Conference.  However, those routes may include firing head coach Todd McLellan or trading key players the organization has had over the years.

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