The San Jose Sharks have been as inactive in 2013 NHL free agency as any team. Even the moves they have made were almost limited to keeping the same team that was on the ice for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Does this make sense when that team failed to win half the games it needed to?
The Sharks were playing very well with the unit they had going into the playoffs despite Martin Havlat's injury. They may have been able to handle the rest of the league had they not been so thin at forward in the Western Conference Semifinals.
San Jose was ironically the better team in that series everywhere but net. After dominating throughout the condensed NHL season, Antti Niemi had a great series against the Pacific Division rival Los Angeles Kings. Unfortunately, Jonathan Quick was even better.
Besides, keeping players is the best the Sharks can really do. Because Havlat's injury prevents any roster moves before the season starts, they cannot spend up to the cap.
The only way they would not have lost more players than they gained in free agency was to buy someone out. There were no players needing to be re-signed worth a buyout of anyone for whom that was an option.
Nevertheless, there will be nine players different for the 2013-14 Sharks than they dressed during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Three are definitely gone, four are in limbo and two who did not play in May will in October.