I will always respect Mike Vernon when he was on the Red Wings for dropping the gloves with Patrick Roy. He was traded to the Sharks 1997, and in three seasons, Vernon went 52-49-19 with a terrific 2.39 GAA.
The Sharks made the playoffs all three years with Vernon minding the net, but failed to make it past the second round.
He has 375 career wins, which is the third-most wins for a goaltender not in the Hall of Fame.
Shields took over the starting role from Vernon during the 1999-2000 season, his only season as the team's starting goaltender. He spent three seasons (1998-2001) with the Sharks and, like Vernon, failed to advance past the second round.
Shields' stat line with the Sharks is respectable: 48-49-21, 2.44 GAA.
Toskala is probably the first name on the list that modern Sharks fans actually recall. He spent five seasons with the Sharks (2002-2007), but was used sparingly during his first two seasons.
He burst onto the scene in 2003-2004, going 12-8-4 with a 2.06 GAA, and followed that up with an even better season in 2004-2005: 23-7-4, 2.56 GAA.
Toskala split playing time with Evgeni Nabokov throughout his Sharks career, with each of them starting every other game.
Eventually, the Sharks decided that they had to commit to one of them, and traded Toskala to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the 2006-2007 season.
The good news for the Sharks? Toskala struggled with the Leafs and is now playing in Europe.
Even better news: This set the table for a Russian goaltender named Evgeni Nabokov to take over.
Nabokov, or "Nabby," is probably considered to be the best goalie in Sharks history. He made arguably the greatest save in NHL playoff history, robbing Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars from point-blank.
After Toskala's departure, Nabokov was the undisputed "No. 1" for three seasons (2007-2010).
He set several Sharks records during his tenure, including most games played, most career wins and most career shutouts.
However, Nabokov will always be remembered for his poor performance in the playoffs. The Sharks made the postseason every year that he played for them, yet they reached the Western Conference Finals just once, never winning the Stanley Cup.
The Sharks decided not to re-sign him after the 2010 season, and he is now playing for the New York Islanders.
After defeating Nabokov and the Sharks in the 2010 Western Conference Finals en route to winning a Stanley Cup, Antti Niemi took his talents to San Jose, replacing Nabokov as the starter.
Niemi led the Sharks to another WCF appearance the following season, only to lose to the Vancouver Canucks. This past season (2011-2012), the Sharks fell to the St. Louis Blues in the first round.
Niemi is 69-40 with a 2.40 GAA in his two seasons with the Sharks and will most likely be the starter next season.