During the summer of 2011, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson was arguably the most active executive in the NHL. He replaced eight regulars in his team's lineup after falling short of Stanley Cup aspirations once again.
Unfortunately, not all change is good change, and the 2011-12 season for the Sharks was a strong reminder of that. The team was worse offensively, less consistent defensively and ultimately not as good as it had been during the previous season. The Sharks finished with 43 wins, 96 points and one playoff win—all team lows since the lockout.
This summer—after an even more disappointing season—Doug Wilson will be tempted to bring even more change to San Jose. However, he should look no further than last summer for a cautionary tale on how an offseason of change can lead to a season of new problems.
As no one has inside knowledge of specific trades that are on the table besides a few NHL executives, no one can tell Doug Wilson specifically what to do. Instead, looking at last offseason as a sort of anti-blueprint, we can examine what principles Wilson needs to follow this offseason in order to steer his franchise back in the right direction.