Sharks need more from the farm
An injury to winger Martin Havlat necessitated a call to the minors early in the week, and while the promotion of 31-year-old career minor-leaguer Bracken Kearns was warm and fuzzy, it underscores an underlying problem for San Jose - there's not enough young talent ready on the farm.The Sharks knew this might happen when they included several recent first-round picks in trades to bolster the here and now.-- In 2008, San Jose packaged the 26th overall pick with forward Steve Bernier to Buffalo in exchange for offensive-minded blue liner Brian Campbell, who has since moved on.-- A year later, the Sharks again held the No. 26 pick and traded it along with defenseman Matt Carle, defense prospect Ty Wishart (a first-rounder in '06) and a lower pick to Tampa Bay for defensemen Dan Boyle (whom they really wanted instead of Campbell) and Brad Lukowich (now retired).-- Finally in 2011, San Jose bundled the 28th pick, their 2010 first-round selection (forward prospect Charlie Coyle) and established right wing Devin Setoguchi to Minnesota for defenseman Brent Burns and a pick.When the Sharks have needed help this season at forward, they've promoted undersized Tim Kennedy (acquired in trade) and Kearns, who last appeared in the NHL for five games with Florida in 2011-12.The change will be revisited after two seasons, when it wouldn't be a surprise to see expansion to two Western cities to balance the conferences.Chicago Cubs to honor Blackhawks' streak by losing 24 straight games to start the upcoming MLB season.