The San Jose Sharks aren't quite good enough to be contenders, yet they aren't bad enough to be a lottery team yet, so they must make some moves to improve the team if they are to be a contender this season. Here is what I would to improve the San Jose Sharks.
Before the season a few trades are made
San Jose Sharks trade Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils for Damon Severson, Jesper Boqvist, Fabian Zetterlund, 1st round pick '24.
The Sharks get a pretty good haul for Timo Meier, who is a good player, but he might not fit into the Sharks' long-term plan. On the flip side of the trade, Meier will make the Devils' top 6 a lot more lethal.
The Sharks also trade Radim Simek, '23 2nd, '25 3rd to the Chicago Blackhawks for 3rd round pick '23.
The Sharks use a 2nd-round pick and 3rd-round pick to unload Radim Simek's contract.
James Reimer is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for 2nd round pick '23, 6th round pick '24.
The Sabres need a starting goalie and James Reimer is one of the better options out there on the trade market.
Kevin Labanc is traded to the Arizona Coyotes for '23 3rd, 24 4th.
The Sharks unload Kevin Lebanc's contract for some draft picks.
Ryan Merkley is traded to the Washington Capitals for Alexei Protas.
Ryan Merkley has been a highly hyped prospect since he was drafted in 2018, but he just hasn't lived up to expectations with the Sharks; the Caps need more depth on defense, while San Jose could benefit from having a big forward like Protas.
San Jose Sharks re-sign the following players:
Mario Ferraro-3yrs/3M per
Noah Gregor-2yrs/1M per
San Jose Sharks sign the following Free Agents:
This is how the lineup looks like next season
2022-23 San Jose Sharks
F: W.Eklund, O.Wiesblatt, T.Bordeleau, F.Zetterlund, Tristen Robins, Daniil Gushchin
D: S.Hatakka, A.Kniazev, G.Laroque
G: S.Mann, E.Makiniemi
While this team isn't exactly a contending caliber team yet, the Sharks made moves to put themselves in a position to be a contender in two to three years.