SAN JOSE -- Sharks general manager Doug Wilson always leaves the door open for personnel moves. But Tuesday, as the NHL continued to prepare for its lockout-shortened season, he didn't sound like someone ready to tap into the free-agent market.
First, Wilson said, he needed to know more about the health and fitness of his players.
"A lot is dictated by where your own guys are at," he said, "and we can't know that until we see them and test them."
That won't happen before the opening of camp, now projected for Sunday. And this year, with a 48-game season expected to begin Jan. 19, there's less time than usual for newcomers to become familiar with the Sharks' approach to the game and terminology used by the coaches.
"We brought in 10 players a year ago," he said. "I wouldn't want to be bringing 10 players into a short and compressed season."
After making their earliest playoff exit in franchise history last April, the Sharks added only two players from outside the organization -- defenseman Brad Stuart and forward Adam Burrish.
While that five-game loss to the St. Louis Blues may have suggested greater turnover would follow, Wilson said the limited changes should benefit San Jose under present circumstances.
"You've got to integrate players in to get off to a good start," Wilson said. "I think the strength of our situation is everybody kind of knows each other."
No personnel moves can occur until both owners and players ratify the tentative agreement reached early Sunday morning. The NHL governors are expected to do that Wednesday in New York, but player voting could extend until Saturday.
The Sharks' main concern at this point would appear to be depth on the blue line. Brent Burns is skating but reportedly still is recovering from groin surgery last spring. Jason Demers and Justin Braun both returned from stints in Europe with what are believed to be minor wrist injuries.
If those injuries aren't healed by opening day, the Sharks are likely to look to their Worcester development team for replacements rather than turn to the journeymen veterans available as role players such as Mark Eaton, Chris Campoli or even former Shark Jim Vandermeer. Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson are likely to be the first prospects brought into camp. Beyond the chance to reward prospects, it also gives Wilson more flexibility as any ailing players get ready to return.
"You don't want to bring somebody in and then you're leapfrogging your own guys who are coming back right at that time," Wilson said. "The next thing you know, you've used cap space that you didn't need to use and you're jumping over guys that have worked (hard) to get that opportunity."
Katie Moore was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in April, two months after her husband was acquired by the Sharks. Moore did not play in San Jose's final two playoff games against St. Louis for what was only noted as personal reasons. He later released a statement explaining his absence.
Tuesday, the Sharks organization said in a statement that their thoughts and prayers are with Moore and his extended family.
"The courage that she showed during her illness is an inspiration to everyone who knew her," the team said.
Moore, 32, had six assists in 23 games with the Sharks as a checking center and is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Robinson, who has nine Stanley Cup rings in his collection, said Montreal coach Scotty Bowman told him it might help to hit someone on his first shift and he nailed Bobby Nevin of the Minnesota North Stars.
"Poor Bobby Nevin," Robinson recalled. "He wouldn't hurt a fly."
Robinson also was an assistant coach in New Jersey 18 years ago when the NHL last lost almost half a season to a lockout. The Devils then went on to win the 1995 Stanley Cup.
"I hope history repeats itself," he said.
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