Plan C – The Status Quo
This is obviously the nightmare scenario for Sharks fans. That is the Sharks re-signing Hertl, Tierney, and Thornton and waiting until the deadline or longer to make another significant move. This is problematic because the Sharks will waste another season of their core players. Do we really want to see Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski just eat leftover cap dollars like pigs at a trough going forward?
This isn’t to say the Sharks would be terrible next year. They would still be a threat for the playoffs in the Pacific division a feat they accomplished last year without their number one center. A Stanley Cup threat on the other hand, unlikely.
Kane – Thornton – Pavelski
Hertl – Couture – Meier
Labanc – Tierney – Donskoi
Sorensen – Goodrow – Karlsson
Burns – Ryan
Braun – Vlasic
Heed – Dillon
Roster Dark Horses: Dylan Gambrell, Vincent Praplan, Antti Suomela, Kyle Wood.
This would obviously be the most disappointing outcome for Shark fans, the reality is Joe Thornton isn’t getting younger and the Sharks don’t have a replacement for him in their current line up. Granted outside of Tavares you are not going to find a true replacement in free agency the Sharks will need to make some moves to really be a true contender going forward. Doug Wilson has put the Sharks in as good a condition as they could be to woo Tavares. If the Sharks are unsuccessful all we can do as fans is hope that there is a plan B in place rather than the plan C I have presented here.