The Sharks were without a true third-line center this past season and it seriously hurt the team’s forward depth. However, the Sharks have very little cap space to work with this offseason and if no moves are made, San Jose won’t be able to sign anyone of major value. Especially if they’re intending to use free agency to make their addition, the Sharks aren’t likely to win any bidding wars with so little cap space.
The other interesting point is whether this is where the Sharks should be using the little cap space they do have. While it was an area of need for the team, is the third-line center spot the right position to prioritize upgrading?
Either way, I doubt that adding a center will be enough to push the team towards the playoffs – especially someone they get at a relatively low price – but we’ll wait and see what happens.
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Do you think adding a third-line center is the right way for the Sharks to use their cap space?