For a while during the 2019 playoffs, the Sharks looked like a team of destiny: a Game 7 comeback for the ages to eliminate Vegas, a caught-on-camera offside call that helped propel them past Colorado, an undetected hand pass for a victory over St. Louis. Ultimately, they played well in the post-season, but their quest for that elusive first title again fell short.
Any carryover optimism, however, is tempered by the fact the Sharks enter this season without Joe Pavelski, their heart-and-soul ex-captain who at 35 found himself the odd man out as GM Doug Wilson struggled to fit his roster under the salary cap. Retaining elite defenseman Erik Karlsson and young power forward Timo Meier were higher priorities. Now, with Pavelski and at least four other regulars gone, San Jose again must turn ...
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