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Sharks acquire Moen & Huskins
McLaren sent to Philadelphia for draft pick
3/4/09 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks add a couple of key pieces to the puzzle on Wednesday, in a trade deadline deal with their inter-state rivals from Anaheim . San Jose added a pair of Stanley Cup proven veterans, in left wing Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins. San Jose sent prospects Timo Pielmeier and Nick Bonino to Anaheim , along with a conditional draft pick.

Tuesday night’s affair with the Dallas Stars was all too reminiscent of the Sharks playoff failure against the same team last spring, which was devoid of any response to the Stars rough and tumble game plan against the Sharks. Moen and Huskins address part of that problem in one move.

''These two players understand that the team comes first,'' Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. ''They have both won a Stanley Cup and will be great additions to our club.''

Moen will move to the 3rd line, filling the role vacated by Jeremy Roenick, who was regular season write-off on Monday, after sustaining another injury to his shoulder. The 6-foot, 2-inch Stewart Valley , Saskatoon native played in 63 games for Anaheim this season, scoring 4 goals and adding 7 assists, to go along with 77 penalty minutes.

The big left wing was involved in an altercation with Stars agitator Steve Ott at the end of the Ducks and Stars game. Ott gauged at Moen’s eye and received a one-game suspension for the intent to injure. Moen will get a chance to exchange pleasantries with Ott on March 21st when the Stars return to San Jose for their regular-season series finale at HP Pavilion.

Huskins has seen far less action for Anaheim this season. He broke his right foot on January 2nd, and has been on the injured reserve ever since. The 6-foot, 3-inch Ottawa native, brings more size to the blueline.

Both players were key pieces to Anaheim ’s Stanley Cup Championship run in 2007. The Sharks hope both players can help get them over the hump this spring, and will pay a little extra depending on how well they do.

There were five stipulations attached to the deal between the clubs:

1. In the event San Jose qualifies for the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, then San Jose will transfer Buffalo's second-round draft pick in the 2009 Draft (previously acquired), instead of San Jose's 4th round draft pick in 2011.

2. In the event San Jose re-signs one or both of Moen or Huskins for the 2009-10 season, then San Jose will also transfer its own fourth-round pick in the 2012 Draft.

3. In the event Anaheim re-signs one or both of Moen or Huskins for the 2009-10 season, then Anaheim will transfer its own fourth-round draft pick in the 2011 Draft.

4. In the event San Jose and Anaheim each sign one of the above players for the 2009-10 season, then the transfers referenced in 2 and 3 are cancelled out.

5. The transfer by San Jose of its fourth-round draft pick in 2011 (or Buffalo 's 2nd round draft pick in 2009) is conditioned on both Moen or Huskins playing at least one (1) game (regular season or playoffs) for San Jose during the 2008-09 season.

Pielmeier was selected by San Jose in the third round (83rd overall) in 2007. This season in 41 games with Shawinigan (QMJHL), he has posted a 29-9-0 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

Bonino was originally picked by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In his second season with Boston University (Hockey East), Bonino has 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists).

In a another move that clears out a big salary hit, the sharks sent veteran defenseman Kyle McLaren to Philadelphia for a 6th round draft pick. The Sharks don’t get any salary cap relief from the move, because McLaren was relegated to the Shark’s minor league affiliate in Worcester before the start of the regular season in order to get under the cap.

He became expendable with the addition of Dan Boyle and Rob Blake last summer, but the Sharks were unable to move him in a trade prior to the deadline on Wednesday.

“Kyle has been nothing but professional throughout this whole process and we wish him and his family all the best,” said Wilson.

In 302 career games with San Jose , he posted 83 points (12 goals, 71 assists) with 301 penalty minutes and a +19 rating.

Profile: Travis Moen

Profile: Kent Huskins


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