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Deals Have Not Helped the 2012 Sharks

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It wouldn't be the Sharks without a nailbiter...

The Sharks aren't performing the way Wilson and his staff envisioned last May when they analyzed their elimination from the Western Conference finals and began building this year's team. Players came, players left.Now time is getting short.

A woeful 3-9-3 record over the past 15 games gives the Sharks only four weeks -- starting Monday against the Edmonton Oilers -- to make the playoffs and then hope their late-season surge carries them far.

Though the Sharks have multiple games in hand, things have gotten so bad that even on Sunday's off day they dropped two places to 11th in the Western Conference as the two teams that had been directly below them won.

For now, however, the team architect doesn't want to say anything that might be a distraction, including his assessment of the deals he has made.

"We can get to that at the end of the year," said Wilson, who went directly from Phoenix to this week's NHL general managers' meetings in Florida. "Right now it's what do we need to do to play the right way tomorrow, win that game and go on to the next one. You stay in the moment. This time of year, that's what it's really about."

With 15 games left in the season, a lot can still happen, but first the Sharks must pull out of this slump.

A postseason surge can only start if the Sharks make the postseason.

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