Are changes coming soon to the San Jose Sharks? Will the NY Islanders move Mark Streit or Lubomir Visnovsky?
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Curtis Pashelka reports Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he’s always looking to improve his team, but believes the current roster is capable of overcoming its current slump, which saw them drop seven straight games after winning their first seven. Pashelka points out six Sharks, including their five highest-paid, carry no-trade clauses, meaning a shakeup involving those players (Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Martin Havlat, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns) seems unlikely. “The answer lies within that room,” Wilson said, pointing to the Sharks’ dressing room.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. If the answer lies within the Sharks room, they’d better find it quickly. It’s one thing to go through a slump like this early in an 82-game schedule, quite another in a 48-game schedule, with a quarter of it already played. Wilson may have shopped around for help but either hasn’t found anything to his liking, or the asking prices could be too high. If a trade isn’t likely in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised if speculation grows over how long head coach Todd McLellan keeps his job.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis believes NY Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is simply too valuable for the Isles to part with, but suggested Lubomir Visnovsky could be available if the Islanders are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently observed (and which Jonathan also noted), the Isles could retain Visnovsky if they’re in the playoff race by April 3rd. Of the two, Visnovsky would be the more likely to be dealt, but as with all things Islanders, that’s not a certainty.