Sharks open with new vibe after playoff collapse

Sep 19, 2014 5:56 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A tumultuous offseason that featured a rehash of a historic playoff collapse, talk of rebuilding and questions about the leadership on and off the ice has mercifully come to an end for the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks returned to practice Friday for the opening of training camp, looking to put that playoff loss to Los Angeles in the past and build a new kind of team even if it contains most of the same players.

After becoming just the fourth NHL team to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games, the Sharks entered a new phase with general manager Doug Wilson talking about rebuilding and calling the franchise a "tomorrow" team after nearly a decade of being a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

But that doesn't mean the players have altered their high expectations.

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