As the NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are being talked about more than ever. On Thursday, March 21, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area columnist Kevin Kurz outlined the arguments to stay the course, make minor tweaks and blow it up.
His minor tweaks could be considered to include some major trades. He makes good arguments for staying the course considering he means it literally and there is no reason to think the team can win the Stanley Cup without some changes.
The Sharks will be making a trade in the final 250 hours before the deadline. The only question is whether they should buy or sell.
Selling means failure. It requires giving up on an entire core assembled to win a Stanley Cup. That makes it a tough decision, but one that must be made if it is necessary.
It is not necessary until the morning of April 3, their last chance to make a deal. Only general manager Doug Wilson knows what offers are on the table, and chances are the prices are high while he gets a feel for the interest in his players and the cost of others.
With the success of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012, struggling teams know all they need to do is make it into the Stanley Cup playoffs to win it. The Sharks are currently in the Western Conference playoff picture, and are one piece away from being more than just competitive with the elite Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.
But they have to show they are better than the team that has just three non-shootout wins over current playoff teams. It is a chance they will get through the end of March with their list of opponents.