San Jose Sharks Base

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2004-05-14 Email Print this article Print

The National Hockey League team analyzed its players' numbers, cut payroll per victory in half—and produced a record season.

San Jose Sharks Base Case

Headquarters: 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 287-7070
Business: Professional hockey team; member, National Hockey League.
General Manager: Doug Wilson
Payroll: $34.46 million for 2003-2004 season, down 29% from previous year.
Challenges: Use proprietary and league databases to create an ideal roster within a certain salary range. Integrate scouting reports and statistics from personnel department with these databases to create player profiles.

Baseline Goals:

  • Earn 90 points from victories, ties and overtime losses during regular season.
  • Qualify for league playoffs at end of season.
  • Score at least 25 more goals than opponents in a season.
  • Reduce payroll from $48.5 million in 2002-2003, to below $34 million.

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    Senior Writer
    Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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