Having recently witnessed their team get ousted in the first round of the playoffs after back-to-back appearances in the Conference Finals, many Sharks fans are calling for a complete rebuild. Some want to see general manager Doug Wilson fired, others want to see an entirely new coaching staff brought in. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't among them immediately following San Jose's prompt elimination at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.
But now that the dust has settled, I feel that a slight retool is all this team needs to return to elite form. Wilson has assembled a club that has been among the NHL's finest for almost a decade. A club that has been a perennial Cup contender ever since he took over. I have absolute faith in him being the man who brings the San Jose Sharks their first ever Stanley Cup.
In my humble opinion, the Sharks would be wise to hold on to their core players and bring in some additional speed and grit. Finding some help for the atrocious penalty kill would be prudent as well. The beatdown the Blues laid on them last month exposed Team Teal's deficiencies in each of those departments.
Here are five players that would address those needs and nudge San Jose closer to a Cup run. I aim to keep this as realistic as possible. You won't find the likes of Zach Parise or Ryan Suter on this list because, frankly, the Sharks can't afford them.