As of 12pm Pacific Time, the San Jose Sharks announced they have acquired Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini along with a reported 2017 7th Round Pick from the Ottawa Senators for Tommy Wingels.
Unfortunately for Wingels, this was a salary cap dump to make room for the eventual return of Tomas Hertl and enough room for perhaps developing minor league players getting a call up from the Barracuda.
Wingels, 28, has five goals, three assists this season in 37 games. He leaves San Jose scoring 51 goals, 71 assists for 122 points in parts of seven seasons in San Jose. Wingels had peak years in 2013-14 and 2014-15 where he had back-to-back 15 plus goal seasons. Unfortunately, with a new coaching staff, he wasn’t fitting too well in Peter DeBoer’s lineup and subsequently saw going to the third and fourth lines during the remainder of his tenure in San Jose. He would play in the Stanley Cup Final, but saw his time on ice diminish when clutch time would come into play.
So what did San Jose get in return?
Buddy Robinson, 25, is a right winger and played four games for the Sens with no points and two penalty minutes. He has seven goals and five assists in 33 games with Binghamton, the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate. He had a goal and an assist in three games last year, his first in the NHL.
Zack Stortini, 31, is a right winger who has two goals and one assist in 22 games with Binghamton. He has 257 games of NHL experience, most recently with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12. He did have a stint with Edmonton from 2008-2011 with a career high in goals with six in 2008-09.
Now I get what you’re saying… the Sharks got hosed on this. Two mostly career minor leaguers for Wingels? Sure, on paper, it looks awful. Wingels wasn’t getting the time in the lineup and with the development of Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Ryan Carpenter, and others with the Barracuda, it was only a matter of time.
This is a salary cap dump. What this means is Tomas Hertl is very close to getting back into the lineup. Despite San Jose retaining 30% of Wingels’ salary, this opens up $1.7 million in cap space to make call-ups or for players returning from injury.
We will have more on this tonight on Pucknology After Dark.