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Sharks finally land Wallin
Defenseman and a 5th round pick aquired for 2nd round pick
2/7/10 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks finally pulled the strings on the long rumored acquisition of defenseman Niclas Wallin. The Sharks send a 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Wallin and a 5th round pick in 2010. The veteran defenseman will make his Sharks debut on Monday night in Toronto .

Niclas Wallin
Wallin has spent all nine years in the NHL playing for Carolina , amassing 18 goals, 51 assists and 391 penalty minutes in 517 games for the Hurricanes. More importantly is the 69 NHL playoff games Wallin brings to the table, including a Stanley Cup Championship.

“Niclas is a playoff-hardened, veteran player with lots of postseason experience and a Stanley Cup ring,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. “Good, solid character players are hard to come by and we think he will complement our existing group very well. He has a history of playing his best when the games mean the most.”

Wallin is in the last year of a four-year contract that will pay him $1.725 million this season. Because of the number of games already played, the Sharks can fit Wallin in under the salary cap limit. According to NHLNumbers.com, the Sharks still have half a million dollars of cap space to play with.

One of the rumored sticking points to the Sharks acquiring Wallin was if they could resign him to at least a two-year contract extension. Giving up high draft picks in exchange for late season acquisitions has been costly on San Jose ’s draft strength in recent years, so Wilson was looking for some value in exchange for his 2nd round pick.

The six-foot-three, 220-pound native of Boden , Sweden was drafted by Carolina in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2000 draft. He played for the Swedish National Team at the 2008 World Championships, but will not represent his native country at the upcoming Olympics.

With the Sharks playing on the road before the Olympic break, fans in San Jose won’t get their first real look at Wallin until the team returns home on March 2nd.

Player Profile: Niclas Wallin
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