San Jose Sharks: The Sharks’ Hunt for a Captain and Playoff Success

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With a 5-1 game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last spring, the San Jose Sharks became just the fourth team in NHL history to lose a playoff series after having a 3-0 lead.

Their first round exit was just one of many disappointing post-seasons for the Sharks, a team that has never advanced past the Conference Finals despite having made the playoffs in 10 consecutive years and 17 of the 22 seasons since their inception. Management decided it was time for a change, and chose to reset the team’s leadership hierarchy. In late August they announced that training camp would begin with no named captains or alternates.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: As the Leafs Begin to Change

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The last two seasons have seen two monumental collapses for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They seemed like locks to make the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the last month of the season. They looked as though they had the Boston Bruins exactly where they wanted them the year prior. So what happened? Was it Coaching? Leadership? Or was the pressure of the biggest market in hockey just too much for the young group of players to handle? It was impossible to say for sure what has happened the last two years, the only guarantee was that something had to change. This “culture change” as it was called by the management was put forth so that the events of the last two seasons would not be in vain, they had to be learned from. New players were brought in, managers and the coaching staff were changed and a new president was hired.  However, what it all boils down to is, will the changes be enough?

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