Now that the dust has settled on the trade deadline it’s time to take a look at the good, bad and ugly of the Sharks Trade deadline. The Sharks made most of their moves leading up to deadline day so most of this won’t be new news and this format will probably not work but here we go.
The most important thing is that the Sharks made moves that addressed actual needs. They didn’t just make moves to add guys for the sake of adding players for name recognition that might not fit in the line up. The Sharks added Roman Polak, Nick Spaling, James Reimer and Jeremy Morin. The Sharks would in total give up the contract of Raffi Torres, Ben Smith, Alex Stalock a 2017 2nd round pick, a 2018 2nd round pick and a conditional fourth round pick. They would also let Mike Brown go on waivers as he was claimed on by the Montreal Canadiens.
The key for the Sharks is that they didn’t give up anything off their roster that helps them win now, signifying that the Sharks are all in for this playoff run. Torres was never going to play in San Jose again, Ben Smith as much as I personally liked him was in the coach’s dog house never to return and Alex Stalock just may have been the worst backup goalie in the league over the past two seasons. I seem to be higher than most on Nick Spaling but I am happy to see Barclay Goodrow get key minutes for the Barracuda than playing less than ten minutes a night in San Jose. The sharks gained depth without simply depleting what little depth they already had.
Due to visa issues the Sharks appear like they will not have Reimer in time for tonight’s contest with the Montreal Canadiens with AHL roster eligibility needed to be finalized at the trade deadline, because of this the Sharks will need to send Dell to the San Jose Barracuda and use one of their four call-ups that they have remaining for the end of the season to have Dell back up Jones. Now if the Sharks stay healthy it won’t matter but a string of injuries could make this a big deal even though this is obviously out of the Sharks hands.
At this point in time, it’s hard to really call anything the Sharks did ugly. However going forward this could be considered very ugly if the Sharks underperform in the playoffs (a bad first round exit), or fail to recoup some of their draft picks that they gave away going into draft years where the Sharks could be a rebuilding team. Also should the Sharks not resign any of the traded for players that would be a disaster as well. Should they be rebuilding those lost picks will come back to haunt Doug Wilson or whoever the general manager of the Sharks happens to be at that time.
The Sharks couldn’t win an arms race with the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings because the foundation of both of those teams is simply greater. The Ducks have been tinkering with their lineup all year and seem to have it sorted out. That being said the Sharks made many meaningful moves that definitely made their team better by addressing needs while giving players whose days in teal were likely numbered. Doug Wilson may not be everyone favorite general manager, he certainly isn’t mine but it’s impossible to deny that he has done a fantastic job redeeming himself since the last offseason. The Sharks may not be a cup favorite but they are as good as they could possibly be heading into the playoffs and that is all you can ask for from your general manager.
Don’t forget to get all the reactions from the trade deadline and the game tonight from your friends on Pucknology After Dark tonight after the Sharks host the Canadiens.