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You have to give to get
Assessing the Sharks trade outlook
1/19/10 - By Mike Lee -

With the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away and the Sharks in desperate need of a shutdown defenseman, there is no shortage of players the Sharks could be targeting. Acquiring a player via a trade will require the Sharks to actually give something up. Any impending deal will require the subtraction of current roster players, prospects, draft picks, cash or any combination of those assets.

San Jose will also have to deal with the NHL salary cap, which they are within $1.3 million of exceeding. That means that the Sharks won't be acquiring any big money players without dumping some of the big salaries currently on the roster. Teams that are shopping money players are less likely to take on big contracts, because most sellers are trying to create cap space for the upcoming free agent signing period or building with younger, lower priced players.

So while sending cash to a team for players is one option, taking on salary is something that will handcuff San Jose. They have plenty of salary to send packing, but it'll be hard to find takers.

As for draft picks, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has leaned on this asset to swing deals in the past. The issue is, he has few draft picks to play with, because of his past dealings. The big question is, does Wilson mortgage the future by shipping the few top picks that he has left and eliminating his ability to build via the draft?

In 2011, he has 1st, 2nd, 3rd and two 6th round picks to play with. Anaheim controls his 4th round pick (Kent Huskins/Travis Moen acquisition), Atlanta controls his 5th (Ben Eager), and Pittsburgh controls his 7th (Penguins 2010 7th round pick). Wilson controls all of his 2012 picks with the exception of this 4th round pick, which he also lost to Anaheim in the Huskins/Moen deal.

In terms of roster players, everyone is fair game. Question is, who is a logical fit for another team and do the Sharks want to move them in order to clear roster space, salary or because they really want to land another player. Here's my take on handicapping the current Sharks roster and the trade outlook for each player.

Dany Heatley
Trade Odds: 30:1
2010/11 Contract: $7,500,000
Years Remaining: 3
Trade Outlook: Heatley brings a big offensive upside, but he's a defensive liability. He's been a model citizen in san Jose, but league GMs all remember how Heatley forced the Senators to deal him. If he were to be dealt, it's to a contender looking for offense and willing to give up a big money defenseman. His contract is also a big obstacle for any deal.

Joe Thornton
Trade Odds: 50:1
2010/11 Contract: $7,200,000
Years Remaining: 3
Trade Outlook: Thornton's trade value is still high because of the value he brings as a setup man, bus his scoring numbers have decreased each of the last three years. Given that Thornton wears the C, it's unlikely that Wilson would trade his team leader. Wilson also believes Thornton is one of the pieces key to getting the Sharks over the hump.

Patrick Marleau
Trade Odds: 15:1
2010/11 Contract: $6,900,000
Years Remaining: 3
Trade Outlook: Marleau comes relatively cheap for his offensive upside, but it seems unlikely the Sharks give up their former captain after the season he had a year ago. Problem is that was a contract year and Marleau's numbers have significantly dropped off this season. A lengthy dry-spell didn't bode well for Marleau, but so long as the Sharks are buyers, Marleau isn't going anywhere…this season. If the Sharks pull off a blockbuster, Marleau is most likely involved.

Joe Pavelski
Trade Odds: 50:1
2010/11 Contract: $4,000,000
Years Remaining: 3
Trade Outlook: Pavelski's age and maturity on the ice make him a highly coveted asset, and could be targeted by a either a contender or a team that's rebuilding. Given that, the 2010 Silver Medalist seems like an unlikely target for Wilson. With the Big 3 cresting the 30-year old mark, Pavelski represents the next generation of Sharks top line players.

Ryane Clowe
Trade Odds: 30:1
2010/11 Contract: $3,625,000
Years Remaining: 2
Trade Outlook: After a slow start, Clowe has been one of the Sharks most reliable players as of late. Clowe also represents one of the few players that can play both a skill and power game. Anything is possible, but he sharks need to add more players like Clowe, not ship them away.

Devin Setoguchi
Trade Odds: 3:1
2010/11 Contract: $1,800,000
Years Remaining: 0 (RFA)
Trade Outlook: Setoguchi is one of the Sharks biggest bargaining chips, because of his age, upside, and restricted free agent status. His vanishing act for the majority of this season has not endeared him to Wilson. His numbers last season make him an attractive player, and the reasonable price tag make him that much more attractive.

Torrey Mitchell
Trade Odds: 10:1
2010/11 Contract: $1,366,667
Years Remaining: 1
Trade Outlook: Mitchell just hasn't been able to match the play that made him a surprise addition to the roster his rookie season. After his injury in training camp the following year has been a setback that Mitchell hasn't been able to shed as a red flag on his resume. He's also been too inconsistent on the offensive side of the puck, which make him expendable. Problem is, is there any GM willing to take him.

Logan Couture
Trade Odds: 100:1
2010/11 Contract: $1,241,667
Years Remaining: 1
Trade Outlook: The Calder Trophy candidate has been the Sharks best offensive player this season, and his potential make him almost untouchable. Teams interested in acquiring him would have to make insane offers to land the Sharks top prospect.

Jamie McGinn
Trade Odds: 6:1
2010/11 Contract: $996,667
Years Remaining: 0 (RFA)
Trade Outlook: The only thing McGinn has going for him as a trade prospect is his restricted free agent status. It's hard to define the 4th year player's role, which means it'll be equally difficult for an inquiring GM to figure out how to use McGinn. He's not a goal scorer or setup man, nor is he a penalty killer or agitator. McGinn has been limited to checking line duty, but given the Sharks penchant to surrender goals this season, that's not necessarily going to catch any GMs attention.

Scott Nichol
Trade Odds: 20:1
2010/11 Contract: $760,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: Nichol serves a very distinct role, but given his age and unrestricted free agent status at the end of this season, it's unlikely that any GM would actively persue a player like Nichol. Nichol's role is likely to diminish during a playoff run, so why would any team take him in trade. If they want him next season, he's available for the taking via free agency.

Benn Ferriero
Trade Odds: 10:1
2010/11 Contract: $850,000
Years Remaining: 0 (RFA)
Trade Outlook: While not a top line prospect, Ferriero becomes an interesting option for some GMs. His blend of size and scoring potential make him intriguing option. He's a cheap option for a tea trying to build with young players and he's one of the Sharks top offensive prospects.

Jamal Mayers
Trade Odds: 20:1
2010/11 Contract: $600,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: Like Nichol, Mayers is on the downside of his career and his age makes him a tough sell for teams. Contenders don't typically go after enforcers late in the season, and Mayer's game doesn't provide much in terms of marketable skills for Cup contenders. He's also an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

John McCarthy
Trade Odds: 15:1
2010/11 Contract: $550,000
Years Remaining: 0 (RFA)
Trade Outlook: McCarthy is another interesting prospect that could be coveted by teams looking to build with youngsters.

Ben Eager
Trade Odds: 50:1
2010/11 Contract: $965,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: The role player was acquired on Wednesday to bring more grit to the Sharks lineup. With Ryane Clowe on the shelf, Eager's becomes more pronounced. The Sharks will need Eager's presence on the ice should they make the playoffs. His UFA status at the end of the season doesn't make him that endearing to GMs looking to deal this season.

Kyle Wellwood
Trade Odds: 5:1
2010/11 Contract: $650,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: The Sharks acquired Welwood by placing a waiver claim on the former Vancouver Canucks, blocking the St Louis Blues from picking up the forward. Don't be surprised if Wellwood is set packing as part of another deal that Wilson is working on. With Clowe and Mitchell still on the injured list, Wellwood becomes an offensive option that could be a stop gap until those players return.

Dan Boyle
Trade Odds: 75:1
2010/11 Contract: $6,666,667
Years Remaining: 3
Trade Outlook: It's unlikely Wilson moves the offensive minded defenseman. Boyle has everything the Sharks need in a blueliner, and if anything, they need to plug holes in the defense, not create them.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Trade Odds: 30:1
2010/11 Contract: $3,100,000
Years Remaining: 2
Trade Outlook: With Boyle getting long in the tooth, Vlasic is the future of the Sharks defense. He's struggled with the departure of Rob Blake, because more responsibility has been placed on his shoulders, but he's still someone the Sharks expect to lean on for a long time.

Douglas Murray
Trade Odds: 15:1
2010/11 Contract: $2,500,000
Years Remaining: 2
Trade Outlook: The big hitting defenseman is one of the reasons the Sharks are in need of defensive help. His skating ability was already a liability, but combined with increased minutes, it's been clearly exposed. If there's a team looking for a wrecking ball to place on their backline, Murray fits the bill. Wilson should grab whatever he can get for the rugged defenseman if suitors come calling.

Niklas Wallin
Trade Odds: 15:1
2010/11 Contract: $2,500,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: Wallin was supposed to be the missing piece to the defense last year, but his stay at home style provided little in stopping the speedy Blackhawks attack. Given that San Jose's woes are centered around the defense, Wallin could be the odd man out, but moving him becomes difficult given his age and UFA status at the end of the season. Wallin only become a viable trade candidate if the Sharks are dumping players as sellers. That would require a complete collapse between now and the trade deadline.

Kent Huskins
Trade Odds: 10:1
2010/11 Contract: $1,700,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: Huskins has been one of the sore spots on the backline this season, so his value to other GMs is most likely minimal. If he gets shipped, it will most likely come as part of a package that helps the Sharks free up some cap space as part of a bigger deal.

Jason Demers
Trade Odds: 10:1
2010/11 Contract: $543,333
Years Remaining: 2
Trade Outlook: Demers is another youngster that Wilson most likely doesn't want to deal, but becomes a more likely candidate because of his age, price and upside. San Jose may have to give up on the youngster to acquire a top 2 or 3 defenseman.

Derek Joslin
Trade Odds: 15:1
2010/11 Contract: $500,000
Years Remaining: 0 (RFA)
Trade Outlook: This may be Joslin's last go-round at the Sharks rodeo. Given the opportunity to play every day, he's missed his chance at convincing that he's a long term option. With this contract expiring, look for the Sharks to try and move him before cutting ties outright in the off-season.

Antti Niemi
Trade Odds: 10:1
2010/11 Contract: $2,000,000
Years Remaining: 0 (UFA)
Trade Outlook: The Sharks brought Niemi into the fold thinking they would be riding an extended wave following his Stanley Cup winning season a year ago. Problem is, he doesn't have the 2009-10 Blackhawks defense playing in front of him. San Jose has tried to get him on track with more playing time, but that could turn out to be more of an audition if the Sharks try to swing a deal to acquire Tomas Vokoun from Florida.

Antero Niittymaki
Trade Odds: 9:1
2010/11 Contract: $2,000,000
Years Remaining: 1
Trade Outlook: If Vokoun is really in Wilson's sites, either Niittymaki or Niemi has to go. Niittymaki becomes more likely, because the Sharks don't need a $2,000,000 backup next season. If a deal for Vokoun were to play out, they could shed Niittymaki's contract in exchange, and let Niemi walk at the end of this season.

And then there are prospects that may be of interest to other teams. In no particular order, some of the players that could draw inquiries:

Justin Braun - skilled defenseman that showed flashes in his brief NHL stint

Brandon Mashinter - Big left wing with some offensive up side

Alex Stalock - The Sharks goaltender of the future

Charlie Coyle - Top pick last year.

Nick Petrecki - Best defensive prospect in the system

William Wrenn - Right behind Petrecki and Braun on the D depth chart

Tommy Wingels - Wide open centerman, will be a fan favorite

Mike Moore - Big defenseman, got a taste of the big time earlier this season


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