There is perhaps no team that has had as busy an offseason as the San Jose Sharks.
Three trades have bolstered the team's blueline with less loss to the deeper forward unit. While current players, prospects and draft picks were lost this summer, the team was able to make free agent pickups of complimentary pieces, that leave it at least a little better on paper than the team that lost in the Western Conference Finals last season.
But this team is still not clearly better than the Vancouver Canucks they lost to, nor the Boston Bruins who won the Cup. With moves the Washington Capitals made, this could very well be the year they put together a playoff run. The Pittsburgh Penguins are still the team to beat in the NHL if they are healthy.
In fact, the Los Angeles Kings improved more than the Sharks did. While they were not as good last season, they were only two overtime goals away from beating San Jose in the opening round with key players hurt.
Their more considerable improvements may well have closed that gap.
This is not to say this Sharks team cannot win the Cup. But the margin is too narrow to leave any stone unturned, and the Sharks could have done more.
Taking a look around the league, here are a dozen free agents whose contracts were within the Sharks cap space...