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Wallin to San Jose?
Rumors swirl after TSN Report
2/3/10 - By Mike Lee -

The trade winds might be brewing in San Jose. TSN columnist Darren Dreger reported on Twitter on Wednesday that the Sharks are working on a deal to bring defenseman Niclas Wallin to the Sharks from Carolina.

San Jose is in immediate need of defensive help with both Dan Boyle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the shelf with injuries. The absence of the pair has forced San Jose to lean on rookie defenseman Jason Demers and Derek Joslin.

Joslin committed a pair of errors in Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings that exposed his inexperience. Demers has been part of the shuttle between the Sharks minor league affiliate in Worcester and the NHL this season.

Wallin turns 35 on February 20th, and would bring eight plus years of NHL experience to the Sharks blueline

Walin has played all of his NHL games in a Hurricanes uniform, helping Carolina to win the Stanley Cup in 2006.

The native of Boden, Sweden stands 6'3", weighing in at 220 pounds. He's played in 517 NHL games. Dreger reported that Wallin was scratched from Carolina's Wednesday night game against the Calgary Flames.

San Jose isn't the only Pacific Division team named in trade rumors on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Kings were mentioned in a potential deal that would bring Atlanta Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk to the west coast.

Anaheim made an early splash by dealing goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Toronto for former Sharks netminder Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake.


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