With the Stanley Cup playoffs over and done with, all 30 of the NHL teams are now focused on re-examining personnel. The San Jose Sharks are no exception.
And with the upcoming draft and free agency period, the Sharks have a bunch of questions to answer on how they want to move forward.
Considering their GM Doug Wilson is never afraid of the big move, almost anything can happen with San Jose's roster.
Perhaps if another team offers restricted free agents Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi large contracts, then maybe Wilson takes the draft pick compensation.
Fans can rate how likely that is on happening and most will say that both Pavelski and Setoguchi are must keeps for the Sharks.
But with so many Sharks due for raises, you never know how everything will end up fitting under the cap.
As for the Sharks' unrestricted free agents, possibilities abound. They appear to have 3.5 million dollars of cap space about to be freed up with Rob Blake's impending retirement, but they still might be left without their two longest tenured players.
Both starting netminder Evgeni Nabokov and star forward Patrick Marleau will be free to sign with any team on July 1st unless either one decides to signs an extension within the month.
Now it would seem that with the emergence of younger players like Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture that the Sharks could move on without Marleau but team speed cost the Sharks against Chicago in the Conference finals.
Could they really fare better next year without a speed guy like Marleau?
Or without a proven netminder in Nabokov?
This speculation about which players will remain in San Jose and which will be moving on will be the headliner topics throughout the offseason.
Seeing that the Sharks aren't in the market for a huge new acquisition via free agency and with a fourth blockbuster trade in five years for Doug Wilson seeming unlikely, San Jose probably won't find themselves with any new star players.
But what about the role players and that coveted "secondary scoring" or "shutdown" defensemen? Or even a cheap replacement for Nabokov?
While San Jose probably won't be adding a new big name star, they can still modify their team substantially with critical players.
And this offseason, their are five soon to be free agents that would fit quite well in San Jose.