A monumental trade last summer was designed to put the two-time conference finalist San Jose Sharks over the top.
San Jose gave up a younger Devin Setoguchi, top prospect Charlie Coyle and dropped the team's first pick in this year's draft (since traded for Dominic Moore, anyway) by more than 20 places. In return, they got 2011 All-Star defenceman Brent Burns.
Since they were the second team eliminated from the playoffs, the future appears mortgaged for nothing. But if Burns turns into the elite player, it could still work out.
The Sharks are banking on that, offering him a five-year, $28.8 million extension through 2017. It is likely his price would have gone down if they had waited to see how he played in California. That being said, they know Burns can be a core player on their blue line for the next five seasons.
Here is a look at the good, bad and ugly truth of Burns' first season in teal...