With a new coach, comes changes. Changes in philosophies, styles and even training clichés:
We want to be a structured team that plays freely.
— JD Young (Content Boi) (@MyFryHole) July 26, 2022
San Jose Sharks General manager Mike Greer has been busy grocery shopping this offseason, trying to make a cauldron of leftovers from a previous regime, using coupons and savings wherever he can. The shopping is almost done, with the exception of new contracts for Mario Ferraro, Noah Gregor and Jonah Gadjovic, and it’s time for new head coach David Quinn to get to work in the kitchen.
With a new chef, some recipes or ingredients may not be used the same. We’ve already seen Greer make changes by shipping Brent Burns, acquiring Rudolphs Balcers and not re-signing Jonathan Dahlen. Which players might be looking at David Quinn’s Slow Cooker or Backfire?
What looked like a near lock for a starting roster spot back in April now looks a lot more in the swing of things. It might have less to do with Kevin and more to do with him playing numbers. The Sharks currently have Thomas Hertel, Timo Meier, Logan Couture, Nick Bonino, Alexander Brabanov, Matt Nieto and Kevin Labanc all returning to the forward group, plus the additions of Nico Sturm, Steven Lorenz and Oskar Lindblom. Then there’s Scott Reedy, Jasper Weatherby and Jeffrey Weil, who all played at least 30 games last season but are still waiver-eligible.
And that doesn’t even include Noah Gregor and Jonah Gadjovic, who are both waiting to sign new deals. andOf course, William Eklund will also be fighting for a job after making the Sharks out of camp last season before being sent back to Sweden after a nine-game trial. Greer and Quinn want a competitive team and while Bordeaux will eventually win the job over the Sharks, Quinn will likely lean toward the veterans to get things started.
I’ll start by saying that it’s unlikely Kevin will force Karlsson or force him out of the team until the end of the season. But I’m curious about the relationship between Quinn and Carlson. After the press conference to announce Quinn’s hiring, Greer mentioned that some of the employees New York Rangers Players have bigger personalities and it can be difficult for coaches. Erik Karlsson isn’t shy about talking and is known to have one of the bigger personalities in the locker room – even more so with Burns now in Carolina.
How will David Quinn manage some of Karlsson’s quirks and his tendency to go for the home run game? There are nights when Erik Karlsson is easily the best player on the ice, but increasing injuries and instability have begun to rob the Swede of his days. If Kevin and Carlson don’t click, could this spell the end of the Sharks/Carlson marriage?
Nieto has become a staple on the Sharks’ penalty kill since returning to San Jose. Last season, he ranked fourth among forwards in penalty kill time on the ice, but with the additions of Luke Kunin (5th short TOI on Nashville Predators), Oscar Lindblom (sixth short TOI on TOI). Philadelphia Flyers) and Steven Lorenz (9th shorthanded TOI on the Hurricanes’ top-rated PK unit), Matt Nieto’s specialty can be replaced. All of these players add more offensive ability (Lindblom) or versatility in center or wing play (Kunin and Lorenz) and have more money invested in their contracts.
Nieto entered the final year of his two-year contract worth $850,000. They could try to waive him for an AHL reassignment or perhaps trade him to a team looking for more help on the penalty kill.
Merkley showed flashes of pure brilliance in his time in San Jose, but also showed plenty of moments of folly that landed him in Bob Bonner’s doghouse on multiple occasions. Markelli has a great opportunity – now that Brent Burns and his 2100 minutes of ice time are gone – to really make a case for being the second defenseman. Marcus Notivara is likely his main competition for ice time, as the right side should look like this:
Marcus Nutivara/Ryan Markley
Nutivaara is a lefty, but is comfortable playing both sides of the ice as a very handsome member of the media asked him during his last availability:
Marcos says he is comfortable playing both sides of the defense and Eto is coming to San Jose.
— JD Young (Content Boi) (@MyFryHole) July 19, 2022
Notibara is coming off an injury that cost him all but one game in the 2021-2022 season, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Ryan Markley has a chance with a new coaching staff and a fresh start to try to reach his full potential with a coach who helped Adam Fox win Norris.
It may surprise, as well. Timo Meyer is entering the final year of his four-year, $6 million annual contract. He has a matching offer of $10 million in the 2023-24 season. The Sharks already have $63 million next year in 13 players on the roster, not including the upcoming deal of Mario Ferraro. The same song and dance that Sharks fans did with Thomas Hertel last season is about to happen again.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old will look at what Johnny Gaudreau (seven years at $9.75 million) and Matthew Tkachuk (eight years at $9.5 million) got and expect something in the same ballpark. The assumption is that Timo Meyer is going to fit Chris Kreider’s role in the offense, but if Meyer comes out of the gates poorly or doesn’t like his role on the team, will he and the Sharks look to part ways before having to pay him a long-term deal?
Mike Greer has provided David Quinn with plenty of ingredients to choose from, it will be interesting to see how players will adjust, which players don’t fit the recipe book and which ones may need to be cooked in the AHL before their Kevin debut.
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