After hitting the 100 point mark and winning the division, the NHL had a lockout during the 2004-05 season. The players association and the league agreed on terms after a year and the regular season began again for the 2005-06 season. The Sharks found themselves in a hole which is when they traded for Joe Thornton. After that trade the Sharks have been consistently in the playoffs and even held the record for second longest streak at 10 times.
The team missed the playoffs in 2015 as things within the organization got a little intense. There was talks of trading Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton ultimately head coach Todd McLellan got the axe. The Sharks hired Pete DeBoer for the 2015-16 season. Douf Wilson also signed Joel Ward and traded for a new goaltender in Martin Jones. The Sharks would make the Stanley Cup final for the first time in team history. They ended up falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. In the last season the Sharks kept most of the same roster and did make up the playoffs again but fell in the first round due to injuries to core players.