After making minor moves to bolster forwards in the system, the San Jose Sharks are likely done in free agency. They will have to officially start the season with a reserve taking the place of Tomas Hertl to fit under the salary cap until Martin Havlat can be placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR).
That will leave them less than $400,000 in room. At best, they can replace the reserve on the San Jose roster with a better one worth close to $1 million in 2013-14.
Such a player would frankly have a hard time cracking the starting roster: San Jose will already have to scratch someone on the blue line making at least that, while the last three forwards dressed are all younger players still developing that are also more familiar with coaches and teammates.
The chances of the Sharks adding another forward better after Havlat's cap space is freed up by LTIR are slim. More than likely, that will have to come in a trade later in the season.
That makes it appropriate to break down every position right now.
Because the Sharks are strong down the middle, a strict look by position would not be as telling when they will play centers on the wing. Thus, this breaks down positions into eight non-traditional categories...