Editor's note: Over the next two weeks, Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz will present 10 suggestions (one per weekday) for what the Sharks should do before training camp opens in mid-September. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.
No. 10 -- Keep Burns as a forward
"There aren’t many players in the league like the 28-year-old Burns, who was the Sharks’ best forward on many nights, using his massive, 6-foot-5 frame and impressive speed for a big man to get in on the forecheck and make things difficult for opposing defensemen."
No. 9 -- Return Gomez for the right price
"Todd McLellan mentioned more than once that Gomez, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons, acted as an extra coach on the bench, reminding players to keep their shifts short and stay in the right position. ... As long as the price is right, a fourth line of Gomez, Andrew Desjardins and Adam Burish would be a gritty, defensively responsible group that McLellan could roll on a regular basis."
No. 8 -- Sign RFAs to one-year deals
"The Sharks have four notable restricted free agents in defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Andrew Desjardins, TJ Galiardi and James Sheppard. It’s very likely that the Sharks will qualify and sign all four of them."
No. 7 -- Keep stockpiling prospects
"Restocking the minor league system/prospect pool should be a priority as the core group continues to get older, and fortunately the organization seems to have realized that based on its trade deadline activity."
"Putting out some feelers in the offseason for Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle makes sense, and if the Sharks struggle out of the gate in 2013-14, it might be time to finally break up the core group that has failed to get the club to the final round."
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