The problems that lingered during the regular season were amplified in their playoff series with the Blues—mainly their lack of scoring depth.
There is a huge pressure on the stars to score, and if they don't come through, the team will lose.
The Sporting News reported Aug. 4 that the Sharks were the frontrunner to land long-time Coyote captain Shane Doan.
Doan would add even more firepower to a star-studded roster. It would also allow the coaching staff to move Joe Pavelski to another line, adding a significant amount of depth.
However, Doan is far from a lock to land in San Jose. He has had many suitors pursuing him this offseason, and in the end, he may end up staying put in Phoenix with the franchise that drafted him seventh overall in the 1995 draft.
According to Doan's agent, Terry Bross at azcentral.com, Doan is expected to make a decision before Sept.15:
Shane is going to sign a contract before the CBA expires on the 15th. (Ownership has to) be done before the 15th, otherwise we're signing somewhere because we don't know what the new CBA is going to look like, and I don't know if it's going to limit any scope of a contract, so we want to make sure we sign before then.
If Doan does not end up in a Sharks sweater next year, what moves could the team make to improve in free agency? Here are five solid free-agent pickups that could be backup plans if Doan does not become a Shark this offseason.