Sharks busy June

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  1. PasiK

    PasiK Registered User

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    San Jose, California - following the season, rumours told that the status of General Manager David Astles was in some doubt and 11th of June sharks announced new GM name. First piece of the puzzle was placed when Pasi Koskinen took the GM job and began his work with the team.

    Second piece of the puzzle was to negociate new contracts with the team key players Scott Niedermayer, Peter Forsberg and Cristobal Huet. Some rumours told that Niedermayer might have been contemplating retirement, but 15th of june GM Koskinen declined those rumours and confirmed that Niedermayer signed a new 4 year contract with sharks worth of 7,1mil per season. At the same time Forsbergs new contract was announced. Negociations with Huet are still continuing, rumours are telling that he is close on signing new 4 year contract worth of 3,2mil per season.

    Third piece of the puzzle was to hire some scouts to do quick scouting work for the draft in the 17th of June. GM Koskinen didnt found good and reliable scouts, so he had to do that work alone. 17th day first three rounds of draft was went through and sharks picked two forward prospect in the second round, Spencer Machacek and Mike hoeffel. More prospects will join the team at 21st of June when the rest of the draft are gone through. Good scouting or bad scouting? future shows can shall GM Koskinen need a scouts to do that work or can he do that alone.

    Fourth piece of the puzzle was to strenghten team and keep payroll around the 44mil level. 13th of June first trade happened under new GM and Ed Jovanovski was the player GM Koskinen traded away. Mike Commodore came to sharks in that same deal, where Sharks dumped some salary away. Followind day Sharks acquire Jason Arnott with Gary roberts, Mark Stuart and team 1st round pick. That meant the team really are going to win the cup next season. At the same day Sharks dumped more salary by selling Kim Johnssons negociation rights to Carolina for prospect defenseman AJ Thelen. On a draft day happened the next trade where Sharks got a replacement for Johnsson, Willie Mitchell. other way went Viktor Kozlov with some minor additions, more salary were dumped. Dumping salary meant that something bigger was in GMs mind. After Osgoods trade 19th of june rumours around Alexander Radulov grew. Yesterday Carolina newspapers told that GM Koskinen has confirmed that Alexander was traded to carolina with Rivet and next year 1st round pick for Keith Tkachuk, Lee Stempniak and Cam Barker. Team looks ready for the next season?

    Fifth piece of the puzzle is in GMs hand at the moment and it is to evaluate the risk of playing the season through with 20 players. Current payroll is 44,150,000 with the 20 players in the roster. risk might be too high and payroll is still over the cap. That probably means that GM Koskinen is planning to do some more trades. Looking at the roster, probably the players under the radar are Patrick Elias, Jason Arnott, Steve Sullivan and Keith Tkachuk. but seeing how much sharks pay for Tkachuk and Arnott, pointing finger is directed towards Elias.

    Some pieces are left of the table still and there are nine days to go on June. So busy June might not be over yet...

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