With starting goaltender Nabokov and defenseman Mike Rathje in contract disputes with general manager Dean Lombardi and the retirement of veteran defenseman Gary Suterthe team got off to a terrible start. Off-ice issues, including being cited for drunk driving and an alleged hit-and-run  contributed to his on-ice play.
An injection of youth, with players like Christian Ehrhoff and out-of-college signing Tom Preissingand the influx of energy from Alexander Korolyuk jump-started San Jose. However, they would not become the fourth team in history to pull off the comeback as the Sharks prevailed, 3—2, with the game-winning goal scored by former captain Patrick Marleau who had endured media criticism from former teammate and now NBC Sports Network television personality Jeremy Roenick for his lackluster play in Game 5 of the series against the Red Wings.
However, the season also saw the only rainout in the history of the NHL, when the Guadalupe River flooded its banks in Marchmaking it impossible for anyone to get into the San Jose Arena for a game between the Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings.
Their reward was a match-up against the top seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round who were favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The team lost Alexander Korolyuk. A concern made by fans and members of the media was the lack of a left winger to play on a line with the duo of Thornton and Cheechoo.
They would go on to win Game 4, lose Game 5 and finally win the series in its sixth game, with captain Joe Thornton scoring the series winner in the third overtime game of the series.
Louis Blueswho had finished first overall in the league that year, in seven games. Two significant trades were made at the trade deadline for defenseman Craig Rivet and winger Bill Guerin. For the next two years, the Sharks made the playoffs, yet never advanced past the first round.
Kingston was fired following the end of the —93 season. It was widely believed[ by whom? The Sharks started the season 8—0—1, and were the last team in the NHL to stay undefeated in regulation  until October 25, when the Sharks lost to the Boston Bruins.
Dany Heatley was acquired by the Sharks during the off-season. Return to Cow Palace Gund finally had his team and hockey was back in the Bay Area for the first time since Assistant coach Jim Johnson was also added to bring a defensive style to the play of the Sharks.
As the mouth is lowered the eyes flash red and fog pours out. On June 23,Wilson announced that they would not offer an unrestricted free agent contract to long-time goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after playing ten seasons with the team. Jim Fahey led all rookie defensemen in the NHL in points, despite playing in only 43 games.
While playing in the same Arena that the San Francisco Seals played in they managed to live up to the Seals reputation as the Sharks did not perform well on the ice, setting an NHL record for losses in with On March 31,the Sharks clinched their 13th and seventh consecutive playoff berth in franchise history with a 6—0 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Another major move by San Jose was stripping Patrick Marleau of the captaincy and assigning it to the newly re-signed Rob Blake. In the Conference Quarter-finals, the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators for the second year in a row. Despite posting a record of 40—33—9, the Sharks finished fifth in the Pacific Division and missed the playoffs for the first time in ten years.
General manager Doug Wilson promised the team would undergo significant changes in the off-season. Unfortunately the move to Oakland led to less attendance but they remained in Oakland and soon changed their name again to the Oakland Seals.
Following the season, long-time stalwart Patrick Marleau left the team to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending his year tenure with the team. However, the Sharks were defeated in the second round of the playoffs by the Dallas Stars.
San Jose Sharks History: One reason for the move was that Marleau was named captain by Wilson and McLellan wanted to name his own. Midway through the season, San Jose added playoff warrior Claude Lemieux to their roster.
After winning Game 1, 3—2 in overtime on a Joe Pavelski goal, the Sharks dropped the second game of the series 4—0, heading to Staples Center with the series tied at one apiece.
In the playoffsthe Sharks defeated the St. The 71 losses in —93 is an NHL record, and they also suffered a game losing streak, while winning just 11 games and earning a mere 24 points in the standings. Following the —02 season, the Gunds sold the Sharks to a group of local investors headed by team president Greg Jamison.
The Sharks finished the regular season with the best record in franchise history at 51—26—5. In the first round of the playoffsthe Sharks swept the Vancouver Canucks, their first series-sweep in franchise history.
They also added former League star Jeremy Roenick to the roster. The Sharks started the —06 season slowly, dropping to last place in the Pacific Division.
Wilson seemingly addressed this issue by acquiring year-old goal-scorer Mark Bell from the Chicago Blackhawks. Brett Heimlich was also promoted to the role of video coordinator to assist the new coaching staff.Roster for 2nd Annual San Jose Sharks "Legends Game" Announced Scrimmage To Take Place Following Sharks Fan Fest presented by Bay Area BMW Centers on Sun.
Sept. 23 at SAP Center and Will Feature Dan Boyle, Devin Setoguchi, Jeff Friesen, Mike Ricci and Many More. Apr 07, · After opening the new San Jose Arena, and Kevin Constantine taking the coaching reins from Kingston, Irbe led the Sharks to the biggest turnaround in NHL history.
San Jose Sharks History: Return to Cow Palace. Gund finally had his team and hockey was back in the Bay Area for the first time since The Sharks entered the NHL in the season and the. This is a list of seasons completed by the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.
This list documents the records of the regular season and playoff results for all seasons the Sharks have completed in the NHL since their inception in San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (SJSEE) is a private company based in San Jose, California which owns the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, and manages the SAP Center arena.
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