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Dimitrakos traded to Philly
SJ gets a 3rd round pick
3/9/06 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks didn't pull off any blockbuster deals at the NHL trade deadline on Thursday afternoon, but they did alleviate some of the buildup at forward by trading right wing Niko Dimitrakos to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

The move was necessitated by the acquisition of left wing Ville Nieminen from the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The log jam at wing meant that Dimitrakos had to either be sent down to the minors or dealt.

The club had grown impatient with Dimitrakos' inconsisitency in play this season. The Boston native was originally drafted by San Jose in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and played in 153 games with the Sharks. He recorded 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) and 83 penalty minutes over the course of three seasons in San Jose.

This season, he scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 45 games with San Jose.

The Sharks essentially recoup the 3rd round pick they gave up to land Nieminen on Wednesday, although it's likely that Philadelphia will finish with a better record than the Rangers.

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