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Midseason musings
Sharks season shapes up as a disappointment
3/23/21 - By Paul Krill -

Well, the season is a bit more than halfway over, with Monday’s pleasant 2-1 win over the Kings snapping a four-game losing streak. Probably the most obvious thing that can be said about the season so far, with the Sharks’ record at 12-14-4, is that this is the ideal season for fans not to be allowed in the building.

We’re not missing much. (I haven’t been inside the arena for nearly 13 months, myself.) During this season, which is likely to be the second consecutive campaign that falls short of making the playoffs, we’ve seen lots of Sharks losses, some questionable penalties (a faceoff violation?), more blown leads, not much scoring, and a complete and total inability to beat the Vegas Golden Knights.

Unfortunately, the Sharks salary and contract structure is about winning now, which obviously is not happening. We’ve got lots of players tied up for multi-year contracts who are not producing the numbers warranted by the size of those deals.

So where do we go from here? I suppose some tweaks can be made on the roster, but so many players (we all know who they are) are booked for big deals that would likely require the Sharks to package them with a first-round pick or two if we want to move any of these players.

With the playoffs highly unlikely, Sharks fans have little to look forward to this season but the draft lottery, seeing where the Sharks pick and what high-ranked player they will select.

Maybe some of the Sharks players can return to past glory, like Erik Karlsson. When he’s on his game, he controls the play. But we haven’t seen enough of that this season. Barring some kind of massive winning streak and a total collapse by teams ahead of us, we’ll be just playing out the season from here on out. And next season, hopefully we can all be back at the rink to watch the games in person, with all the teams (not just a handful) coming in again.

For now, we can enjoy small victories, like Monday’s game against the Kings, and hope for at least a few more.

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