The San Jose Sharks are pretty good right now. The team is 12-2-3 in their last 17 and just four points behind the Pacific leading LA Kings. Oh, and the Sharks have a game in hand. Not too shabby for a team that was near .500 in late November/Early December. But, it’s not all smiles for the team right now. There are a couple of glaring problems the team has.
A big problem is the backup goal-tending. It’s awful. Alex Stalock has been pretty subpar/bad this season. He’s 3-5-2 this season with a 2.94 GAA and .884 SV%. I wake up in a cold sweat at night whenever I have a nightmare about Martin Jones getting injured and Alex Stalock becoming the starter. It’s not just his stats that are bad either, it’s his entire play style. He tries to be so aggressive with the puck that it completely screws the team over. Case in point:
Oh, we’re not done yet. No way.
WHAT THE F**K?!
So, I would HIGHLY SUGGEST that the Sharks trade for a new backup because if Martin Jones get’s hurt down the stretch here, the Sharks are screwed. Season= over.
Maybe try to get Jimmy Howard? Or a trashcan?
Then there’s the problem with the defensive depth. Until recently, the team only had 5 actual defense-man who could be counted on every night. The 6th spot was a rotation between Tennyson and Mueller mostly. Then they brought in Dylan DeMelo and he’s actually become a solid pairing with Brenden Dillon. Regardless, if Dillon, DeMelo or any of the other starters get injured long term, they don’t have another solid, trustworthy blueliner to replace them with. That could be an issue, just maybe.
Keith Yandle would be a pretty piece to trade for. There’s always the chance that they could get Roman Polak if the Leafs decide to completely clean house these next couple weeks. The Sharks could even do an inner-conference trade and get Justin Schultz from Edmonton.