Sharks' offseason checklist

Sharks' offseason checklist
June 5, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The Sharks have reached the playoffs nine consecutive years, not counting the lockout-cancelled 2004-'05 season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Editor's note: Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz presents 10 suggestions for what the Sharks should do before training camp opens in mid-September. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

No. 10 -- Keep Burns as a forward

"There aren’t many players in the league like the 28-year-old Burns, who was the Sharks’ best forward on many nights, using his massive, 6-foot-5 frame and impressive speed for a big man to get in on the forecheck and make things difficult for opposing defensemen."

No. 9 -- Return Gomez for the right price

"Todd McLellan mentioned more than once that Gomez, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons, acted as an extra coach on the bench, reminding players to keep their shifts short and stay in the right position. ... As long as the price is right, a fourth line of Gomez, Andrew Desjardins and Adam Burish would be a gritty, defensively responsible group that McLellan could roll on a regular basis."

No. 8 -- Sign RFAs to one-year deals

"The Sharks have four notable restricted free agents in defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Andrew Desjardins, TJ Galiardi and James Sheppard. It’s very likely that the Sharks will qualify and sign all four of them."

No. 7 -- Keep stockpiling prospects

"Restocking the minor league system/prospect pool should be a priority as the core group continues to get older, and fortunately the organization seems to have realized that based on its trade deadline activity."

No. 6 -- Explore the trade market for Thornton, Boyle

"Putting out some feelers in the offseason for Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle makes sense, and if the Sharks struggle out of the gate in 2013-14, it might be time to finally break up the core group that has failed to get the club to the final round."

No. 5 -- Add a scoring winger via free agency

"The Sharks simply need more scoring depth if they want to compete with the big boys in the Western Conference. Adding another veteran forward that can put the puck in the net via free agency should be on the agenda."

No. 4 -- Re-sign Raffi Torres

"No single Sharks player generated as wide a range of emotions among the fan base than Torres. But those boos quickly turned to cheers when Torres laid some big hits on opposing players and started showing up on the scoresheet."

No. 3 -- Extend Joe Pavelski

"Joe Pavelski is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so, much like they did with Marc-Edouard Vlasic last July, the Sharks could be looking to ink Pavelski to an extension over the summer."

No. 2 -- Cut ties with Havlat

"Martin Havlat’s inability to make a real impact on his team goes beyond injuries, and his performance in the shortened 2013 campaign should be enough for the Sharks to cut him a sizeable check to go away."

No. 1 -- Sign Couture long term

"Sharks star center Logan Couture wants to stay in San Jose. The Sharks most certainly want to keep him here. Couture has blossomed into one of the rising young stars in the NHL, making his first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game in 2012 while scoring 30 goals for the first time that season, and improving even more in the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, with 37 points (21g, 16a) in 48 games."