2011-12 San Jose Sharks Player Grades: Joe Thornton

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2011-12 San Jose Sharks Player Grades: Joe Thornton
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Joe Thornton led the San Jose Sharks on both ends of the ice in the regular and post-season

After looking at the performance of head coach Todd McLellan and general manager Doug Wilson, I examined the team as a whole. (At the last link, the theme for individual grades is also explained.)

Regardless of my own opinion to keep Wilson and fire McLellan, it is likely the team will keep both. That may well be the right decision...the failings of last season are on the players, not the coach.

Any player grade or true analysis of a player's worth to the team has to start with identifying their assets and liabilities. Those are covered in the first two slides.

The third will examine the ugly truth: Should they stay?

Right now there can be no contract talks between players and teams. Rather than speculate about the player's market value for either trades or free agency, management must figure out how high a return they should get in order to improve before they replace that player. 

In other words, what NHL player would they need at minimum to improve on the departed player?

I start with captain Joe Thornton...

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