2011-12 San Jose Sharks UFAs: Grading Colin White and Jim Vandermeer

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2011-12 San Jose Sharks UFAs: Grading Colin White and Jim Vandermeer
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The San Jose Sharks finished the season with 11 players for the final six active spots

Last week, I talked about why the San Jose Sharks should not re-sign Dominic Moore.

It was heavily misunderstood by a couple commenters. I never said his problems were not in some way systematic (San Jose: Where Penalty Killers Die) or circumstantial (what his wife was going through) or certainly that he's not a solid player.

But I did refer to him and two others as "ice-time vampires taking up roster space." Sounds pretty harsh until you break it down.

The Sharks are an aging team with a dearth of future stars. But they have an abundance of talent just good enough to play in the NHL. They could field two extra lines and pairs below those who are active with players who have NHL experience.

Most of these players are young and could develop into something with more playing time. But they are trapped behind the caravan of veterans the team uses in a rotation for the fourth line and sixth defender.

How much of a difference would Moore, a player whose best years are behind him, make over T.J. Galiardi—one potential young player who he might be chosen over. I will tell you how much of a difference—at least a half million in the wrong direction.

Otherwise, maybe Galiardi lets in one or two more goals, or maybe he scores two to four more. But whatever the case, the Sharks can ill afford to ignore their future any longer. They have to stop signing veterans who provide less upgrade than they cost compared to young talent they're keeping off the ice.

Moore held the most players back, as there were six comparable forwards younger than him. But the other two ice-time vampires bring less to the table than Moore.

I am talking to you, Colin White and Jim Vandermeer.

The Sharks signed both to one-year, $1 million contracts last summer. It was thought they would compete for time on the final pair, and to some extent, that was what happened: White was paired with Justin Braun and Vandermeer with Jason Demers, and the pair playing better was dressed.

But ultimately, that sixth defenceman was San Jose's weakness.

Here's a look at the good, bad and ugly truth about each veteran's game...

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