Now that we’re already one-third of the way into the regular season, trade talk is seemingly starting to heat up around the league, and will continue until the NHL’s deadline on April 3.
Several mailbag questions this week had to do with potential moves the Sharks could make, as they try and reverse their recent losing ways.
Matt Moore (@thew2589) asked via Twitter: @KKurzCSN what player can the Sharks trade for that would make them better? Who would we trade to get that player?
Well, Matt, according to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Sharks could already be in search of a forward.
“Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle's name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”
Dreger went on to say that even captain Joe Thornton’s name was mentioned as a trade chip, although he thought that didn’t make much sense (and neither do I). As long as the Sharks are in a playoff position and the bottom doesn’t drop out on the season, the Sharks will almost certainly keep their core players together. Not to mention Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-movement clause, either full or limited.
Trading Boyle for a forward, even though he's the elder statesman at 36, would be playing with fire. He's still arguably the Sharks' best and most valuable defenseman, and if this team has any legitimate shot at a championship, Boyle is going to be a part of it. He leads the team in ice time again, with more than 23 minutes per game, and the Sharks simply have no one on their roster to replace those minutes.
The Sharks do need another forward that can put the puck in the net, though. They needed one last season after they traded Jamie McGinn. They needed one over the summer, and they needed one at the start of the season in January. They still need one now that the Scott Gomez experiment isn't panning out, and TJ Galiardi seems to be falling out of favor with the coaching staff.
Sharks mailbag: Shopping for a forward?
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