2011 NHL Free Agency: 5 Changes San Jose Sharks Should Make This Offseason

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2011 NHL Free Agency: 5 Changes San Jose Sharks Should Make This Offseason
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With the playoffs in full swing and the San Jose Sharks preparing for their crucial game 3 showdown in Los Angeles, we take a sneak peek at the upcoming offseason.

While the upcoming offseason may not provide the pyrotechnics following the 2009 disaster or the huge changes from 2010, it’ll be plenty interesting.

With the number of unrestricted free agents and a few key RFA's, Doug Wilson certainly has his work cut out for him.

The top-heavy nature of the Sharks roster obviously makes things as difficult as ever, with large commitments to Heatley, Thornton and Boyle.

The 2010-11 playoffs and where the Sharks finish up their season will of course affect the offseason outlook, mostly revolving around the six depth skaters for San Jose.  

Although many of these players are in their first year with San Jose, their status will play a huge role in the team’s depth and bottom six skaters moving forward.

The long overdue need for the Sharks on the blueline also figures to undergo some turnover, with three key veterans becoming UFA’s at the end of the year.

All salary cap and contract specifications were used from www.capgeek.com. 

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