With the season over for the San Jose Sharks, they are now faced with a new challenge; Deciding which players are going to stay, who is going to go, and who is going to get new ink on their contracts.
Coming off the franchise's poorest postseason effort in club history, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has one of the most important off-seasons in his tenure ahead of him.
The Sharks have several players that are without contracts. Right now I'm going to lay out who I feel hasn't lived up to their potential and needs to go.
Every team has a player that they just do not need. It doesn't mean their contributions are worthless, it's essentially that they're eating a roster spot that's better served with a utility player of different means.
Dominic Moore is the Sharks version of that player.
Moore's play this season was positive in my opinion, but due to the few minutes he played each night, it's more than obvious that Sharks head coach Todd McLellan just doesn't know where or how to use him.
The bottom line in this situation was replacing Kyle Wellwood, a player many Sharks fans fell in love with the season before last. Replacing Wellwood with Michal Handzus proved to be futile, and replacing the injured Handzus with Moore showed to be even more of a failed experiment.
Moore is in his prime in terms of age, he's just not the type of player the Sharks need right now in their bottom pairings.
This signing ended up doing exactly what I thought it would: absolutely nothing.
Jim Vandermeer was signed during the first day of free agency last July, and I can remember a conversation I was having with a friend right after it happened. The substance of the conversation was that basically Vandermeer was the kind of player that would be around in September if you still needed him. I could not believe this was the work Doug Wilson was doing on Canada Day.
Vandermeer played in just 25 games this season. If that doesn't speak for itself, what else would.
Of course, we know how Doug Wilson fares in contract negotiations with defenseman.
Andrew Murray was signed to a one-year, two-way contract during the off season last year.
The 30-year-old posted four points (1G, 3A) in 39 games for the Sharks and soon found himself on assignment with the Sharks top AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.
He becomes a free-agent on July 18, and I don't see what the Sharks could possibly use him for with James Sheppard expected to be ready for the start of next season.
Benn Ferriero is another player on the Sharks roster that doesn't have anything extremely special to his game. He's shown the ability to score a few big moment goals, but doesn't have the skills to earn a regular shift.
Ferriero, unlike his counterparts in this slideshow, is a restricted free agent. He'd make good for a trade package if the Sharks are looking to swap players in the offseason. Throw in TJ Galiardi and it's impossible to say no, right?
It's something special when you can say you've been able to watch a player develop since he's been in the league. That's something I can say about Torrey Mitchell. I've watched every NHL game he has ever played in.
We all remember the dazzling freshman season Mitchell had, and of course, the horrifying sophomore injury that followed. I've always told people that Mitchell got hurt at the worst possible time. As a hockey player, you use the sophomore season to build on everything you learned as a rookie. Mitchell never got that opportunity. He has appeared, at times, to be playing scared ever since breaking his leg.
Mitchell earned $1.4 million this season, and hasn't lived up to his offensive potential. Factor that with his small stature and all he's really doing at this point is eating up space on the Sharks roster that could be used for a more physical player.