The Sharks have been a bad hockey team the last two seasons.
They're determined to be much better in 2021-22, dead-set on getting back to the playoffs, but it's difficult to see that happening without some serious roster upheaval this offseason.
The problem is, San Jose is very restricted in its ability to overhaul the composition of the roster. Most of the larger salaries are unmovable or close, and the Sharks don't have much in the way of young NHL-ready players who could bring back a significant return in a trade. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they rank near the bottom of the league in terms of 2021-22 Stanley Cup Champion odds.
The Sharks are plus-10,000 to win the Stanley Cup next season on PointsBet, meaning that a $100 bet would pay out $10,100. Only seven other teams have worse odds.
Of the two NHL teams that have identical odds to the Sharks', one doesn't even have anything resembling a full roster at this point. That team, of course, is the Seattle Kraken, who will build out their roster via the Expansion Draft later this month.
That's not exactly what you would call a vote of confidence in San Jose. If the Sharks' odds are going to improve before the start of next season, it's going to be a busy couple of months.
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