After another playoff failure, general manager Doug Wilson has some difficult decisions to make regarding the Sharks' current roster, as the club showed once again that it is a very good team in the regular season but not good enough when the postseason rolls around.
So, who will stay and who will go? There’s no question the roster will look a bit different, maybe even very much so, by the time training camp begins in September.
All contract figures courtesy of CapGeek.com.
Part 3 – The goalies
Contract status: 1 year remaining
2014-15 cap hit: $3.8 million
Niemi was simply not the goaltender in 2013-14 that he was in the shortened 2013 season when he was the Sharks’ most valuable player. His inconsistent play in the regular season carried over into the playoffs, when he was pulled in two of his six starts and benched altogether for Game 6. The Sharks could be better off with Alex Stalock, who not only had better numbers than Niemi in the regular season, but is much better at playing the puck and helping the skaters out in the transition from defense to offense.
Chances he returns: 70 percent
Contract status: Pending unrestricted free agent
The first thing the Sharks need to do with Stalock is get him signed, as the 26-year-old did not play in enough games to qualify as a restricted free agent. It’s hard to imagine Stalock playing hardball after the organization stood by him during his lengthy rehab process, but he will still earn a bigger pay day than if he had remained restricted. His best chance to become a starting NHL goalie is still in San Jose.
Chances he returns: 90 percent