Sharks become Stanley Cup challengers after on-the-fly makeover

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In a nine-day span in March and April, the Sharks shipped out Douglas Murray, Michal Handzus, and Ryane Clowe. They got back four 2013 draft picks: a pair of second-rounders, a third-rounder, and a fourth-rounder. The moves were part of what GM Doug Wilson calls the organization’s reset/refresh program.

The Sharks said goodbye to three older, slower players on expiring contracts. They allowed younger, faster, and quicker players such as Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto, and Jason Demers to compete for the openings.

The result of the on-the-fly makeover is a ferocious club that could push for a Stanley Cup.

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