All 3 NHL teams in Golden State are rebuilding

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What just a few years ago was the most treacherous stretch of the NHL schedule for many teams has turned into a bit of breather of late.
The days of being run by the physical, overpowering teams in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles are long in the past. The stars on those teams have slowed with age or moved on to other places.

All are in the midst of retooling following back-to-back seasons where all three California teams missed the postseason.

"We knew that this type of phase was coming in at some point in this phase of our journey," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "We had a pretty good run for along time. We had to replenish our system."

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It's a pattern that is similar in Southern California where the Ducks and Kings are dealing with the same process. It's just a bit shocking that it is happening at the same time considering the success those franchises had.

Since Anaheim entered the NHL in the 1993-94 season, there had been only season (1995-96) where none of the California teams went to the playoffs before the past two seasons.

The Sharks have missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the third time in franchise history. The Ducks have matched a franchise-worst playoff drought of three years and the Kings also have missed three years in a row.

This comes after a stretch between 2003 — when the Ducks made…
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