So, uh, who’s backing up Jones for Sharks?
James Reimer didn’t see any real playoff action, yet his departure from the Sharks could still sting San Jose in the vague category of “peace of mind.”
Because, really, it feels like the Sharks are headed toward the season with Martin Jones and ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
At the moment, the No. 2 job is going to Aaron Dell, a 27-year-old goalie with zero games of NHL experience. *Gulp*
To be fair to the Sharks, Dell has very promising AHL stats and Alex Stalock took a long time to really get his chance (only to perform pretty nicely at times for San Jose).
Dell is by no means a guarantee for the gig, which inserts a pretty remarkable element of uncertainty considering how close we are to the start of the regular season. TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that the Sharks are looking into signing a backup, possibly Mike Condon.
Plenty of NHL teams seem to dismiss the value of a good backup, but the Sharks are truly putting all their eggs in the Martin Jones basket.