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May 14, 2014 | 6:19pm ET
Sharks plan on altering roster
TheFourthPeriod.com

The San Jose Sharks announced on Wednesday that GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan's jobs are safe, but the team is looking at making roster moves this summer.

In a statement released at 3pm PT (6pm ET) on Wednesday, Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner indicated his "disappointed in the way our team finished the 2013-14 season."

Plattner revealed that while changes won't be made behind the bench, Wilson plans on tinkering with his roster this off-season.

"Our teams have been consistently built to go deep into the playoffs and this goal won't change," Plattner said in the statement.

"Doug Wilson and I have met over the past two weeks. He has shared his support of the coaching staff, as well as his recommended changes to our team's roster, and he has my complete support moving forward.

"I am confident that with the proposed changes, Doug and his staff will build a team we can all be proud of."

The Sharks have five pending unrestricted free agents on the roster to focus on: forwards Mike Brown and Bracken Kearns, defensemen Dan Boyle and Scott Hannan, and goalie Alex Stalock.

The initial belief is that the Sharks want to re-sign Stalock and could let the other four players walk as free agents.

Boyle has indicated his desire to sign an extension with the Sharks, but has not yet had those discussions with the team.

Wilson will undoubtedly look to retool part of his roster, including his defensive corps, and could also go the trade route, as opposed to free agency.

With roughly $13 million in available salary cap space, if the cap hits the originally projected $71.1 million -- although the cap could fall between $68 million and $70 million -- the Sharks could also use one or two of their compliance buyouts to free up cap space and a roster spot this off-season.

Veteran right wing Martin Havlat has one-year left on his contract and his $5 million cap hit could be bought out in the summer.

Havlat, who is scheduled to earn $6 million next season, owns a no-movement clause and must approve any trade the Sharks attempt to complete, if they decide to deal him.


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