San Jose Sharktank Redemption. Do You Know The Way?

Jimmy BradshawContributor IFebruary 23, 2011

"Setoing Up In The Slot"
"Setoing Up In The Slot"Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks tease and encourage their loyal fans each and every campaign with the hopes of a visit to the Stanley Cup Finals. Recent seasons have left these supporters void of any gratification. The Sharks have exited the playoffs in first or second round series, well short of a Western Conference Final. Is this the year of a 'Sharktank Redemption?' Does anyone know the way to (inspire) San Jose?

Kudos must be extended to Sharks G.M., Doug Wilson, who consistently attempts to massage and tweak his parent club '20' in the effort to realize this goal.

Joe Thornton seems invested on the 1st line. Line mate Devin Setoguchi is on a two game/five goal tear. Antti Niemi has been stellar in goal.

San Jose has added Kyle Wellwood, Ben Eager and Ian White through trades and waiver moves to bolster both sides of the red line.

A hard drive during the playoff run could garner them a third place slot in the Western Conference. A first round series win would be expected. Their second round opponent could easily be their "niemi-sis", the Detroit Red Wings.

Should they accomplish an unexpected second round win, their reward would likely be the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

The 'Nucks are experiencing a renaissance year.

Do you know the way to (inspire) San Jose?

This campaign's 'Sharktank Redemption' might be a trip to the Conference Finals and that's it.

They're so close. Do you know the way?