Jamie Langenbrunner #15 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his game-tying goal against the San Jose Sharks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Sharks 3-1 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Now that the substandard and inconsistent 2011-12 Sharks campaign is over, general manager Doug Wilson and his staff have some decisions to make regarding their current roster.
The team has a number of free agents, both restricted and unrestricted, and several players likely played their last game in a Sharks uniform on Saturday in St. Louis.
Unrestricted free agents: Torrey Mitchell, Dominic Moore, Jim Vandermeer, Daniel Winnik, Colin White, Brad Winchester.
Restricted free agents: Justin Braun, Andrew Desjardins, Benn Ferriero, TJ Galiardi, Tommy Wingels.
*** Among the unrestricted players, Winnik is probably the most likely to re-sign. Although he’s not going to light up the scoreboard, Winnik brought some good energy and physical play on a team that lacked just that. His presence didn’t help the Sharks’ penalty killing unit like it was supposed to, but that’s likely due to the drastic differences in style between San Jose’s passive and maddeningly ineffective strategy rather than Colorado’s aggressive philosophy.