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Deadline deals grab our attention
That doesn't always equate to success
2/27/11 - By Mike Lee

The NHL’s version of musical chairs on steroids ends on Monday afternoon with the arrival of the NHL trade deadline. Teams that wish to acquire new players have until noon (Pacific Time) to finalize moves they hope will improve their chances at winning a Stanley Cup. The spring ritual makes for one of the more entertaining days across the league as teams jockey to fill gaps in their lineups or position themselves for longer term dividends by stockpiling draft picks or prospects. Seemingly always on the cusp of greater things, the sharks have been buyers the past few seasons, but with the deals General Manager Doug Wilson has already made this spring, the Sharks may beaten their opponents to the punch.

When you think about it, making deadline moves doesn’t seem to position buyers to get the best value. Wilson’s eagerness to ad players over the past four weeks may have created a rebate of sorts for the Sharks general manager. Wilson landed the defenseman that he’s coveted in Ian White, and added a bit of playoff grit in his acquisition of Ben Eager from Atlanta.

It would seem unlikely that the Sharks will be big players on Monday, because there isn’t much wiggle room in terms of the salary cap, and with the way the Sharks have performed in February, there doesn’t seem to be a need to change anything.

Players can be acquired via trade after the Monday deadline, but they would need to clear waivers. San Jose has gone that route in the past, but teams would be more motivated to block playoff contenders.

Several prognosticators have suggested that San Jose might be in the market for a backup goaltender to provide some relief for Antti Niemi, but Antero Niittymaki is reported to be close to returning from the injured reserve, so that direction seems unlikely.

Given that Wilson’s moves are typically held tight o the vest, I’m not going to bother speculating on what might or might not happen in the next 24 hours. Ather, let’s take a look back at San Jose’s trade deadline moves.


Last season’s deadline day was an uneventful one for the Sharks. San Jose received a conditional 6th round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for LW Jody Shelley. Shelley’s role was diminishing, so the move was more about freeing up playing time for other forwards, especially as the playoff run approached.

The Sharks bigger deal happened a week prior to the deadline, when they traded the 2nd round draft pick they acquired from Buffalo to Carolina for defenseman Niklas Wallin and a 5th round draft pick. San Jose is still looking for Wallin’s playoff experience to pay dividends, which is one of the reasons they re-signed him last summer.


The Sharks were looking for some playoff grit when they acquired Travis Moen, but he didn’t get much of an opportunity to show his stuff after the Sharks were bounced by Anaheim, Moen’s former team, in the first round of the playoffs. San Jose also acquired defenseman Kent Huskins in the deadline deal that cost the Sharks prospects Nick Bonino and Timo Pielmeier, but Huskins was injured and saw no action. They would re-sign Huskins, but San Jose is still looking for the defenseman to pay dividends in the spring.


In one of the more costly deadline deals for San Jose, the Sharks rented defenseman Brian Campbell for two months in exchange for Steve Bernier and a 1st round draft pick. Campbell was a playoff bust, as were the Sharks that spring. Buffalo would use that pick to take forward Tyler Ennis. Bernier’s laziness on the ice made him expendable, but the draft pick stings considering Campbell’s immediate departure via free agency and the fact that he would win the Stanley Cup the following year with Chicago.

In a minor deadline deal, San Jose sent defenseman Rob Davison to the New York Islanders for a 7th round pick in 2008.


In another painful move, the Sharks gave up a 1st round pick (earlier acquired from New Jersey), along with forwards Ville Nieminen and Jay Barriball to St Louis for Bill Guerin. That pick turned out to be the 26th overall pick that the Blues used to take David Perron. Guerin was a short-tenured rental that did little in the playoffs.

Like the Shelly move in 2010, San Jose also shipped Scott Parker to Colorado for a 6th round pick. The Sharks also sent goaltender Nolan Schafer to Pittsburgh for a 6th round draft pick that turned into Justin Braun.

Two days prior to the deadline, the Sharks also acquired Craig Rivet and a 5th round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Montreal in exchange for defenseman Josh Gorges and the Sharks first round draft pick that season. Rivet played a bigger role the following season, but San Jose dealt two 1st rounder picks that year, but did little in the playoffs.


Not sure how the Sharks Ville Nieminen was the missing link for their playoff aspirations, but that’s all San Jose did on deadline day in 2006. They acquired the left wing from the New York Rangers for a 3rd round pick.

In a roster clearing move, the Sharks also shipped flash in the pan forward Niko DImitrakos to Philly for a 3rd rounder that would eventually be dealt to Columbus.


There was no deadline in 2005, because there was no season. 2005 was the infamous lockout season.


Three separate deals in 2004 netted the Sharks Curtis Brown. The Sharks shipped Brad Boyes (who was acquired from Toronto the prior year for Owen Nolan), to Boston for former 1st round pick Jeff Jillson, who was then sent to Buffalo for Brown and goaltender Andy Delmore. Delmore was then shipped to Boston for future considerations. Brown turned into a fan favorite, but he was a third line guy that made little impact in the playoffs. 2004 was a lot of flash, but no sizzle.


Hard to believe it’s been eight years since the Sharks were sellers, but that’s what the case was after the wheels fell off in 2003. The big deal sent Owen Nolan to Toronto for centerman Alyn McCauley, Boyes and a 1st round pick. Nolan had finally won out his welcome in San Jose, and the Sharks were looking to change the locker room attitude.

Defenseman Bryan Marchment was also sent packing, being dealt to Colorado for a 3rd and 5th round pick.

The Sharks also sent defenseman Dan McGillis to Boston from a 2nd round pick, and they would ship Matt Bradley to Pittsburgh for centerman Wayne Primeau. The pick would turn into Steve Bernier and Primeau would later be packaged in the deal that landed San Jose Joe Thornton.


The Sharks did absolutely nothing in 2002.


The only deadline activity in 2001 brought winger Bill Lindsay to San Jose from Calgary for an 8th round draft pick. Lindsay was a short lived option, especially given San Jose’s short playoff run.

The bigger deal happened before the deadline when the Sharks pulled off a blockbuster when they acquired Teemu Selanne from Anaheim in exchange for LW Jeff Friesen, G Steve Shields and future considerations. Selanne’s playoff run ended prematurely in 2002, but he would participate in San Jose’s lengthy post-season run in 2002. When the Sharks imploded in 2003, Selanne decided to bail and sign with Colorado.


The Sharks had to give to get, but in 2000 it landed them former Montreal Canadiens captain Vincent Damphousse. They would surrender a 1st and 5th round selection in the 2000 NHL Draft, and a 2nd round pick in the 2001. Damphousse brought legitimacy to the Sharks lineup, but they wouldn’t be able to repeat the magic that Damphousse brought to Montreal.


No blockbusters in 1999. The lone deal landed San Jose winger Greg Pankewicz from Calgary in exchange for future considerations.


A flurry of deals would bring several players to San Jose in 1998. The Sharks acquired defensemen Bryan Marchment and David Shaw from Tampa Bay in exchange for big winger Andrei Naarov and Tampa Bay’s option to swap 1st round selections in the 1998 NHL Draft.

The Sharks also acquired right wing Joe Murphy and cash considerations from St Louis in exchange for former captain Todd Gill. They would also pick up goaltender Jason Muzzatti from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Richard Brennan.


No trade deadline deals for the Sharks in 2007, although they did acquire Ed Belfour in late January, a month prior to the deadline. Belfour would finish out the season in San Jose, then bolt for Dallas, citing the lack of state income tax as his reason for choosing Texas over California.


In moves intended to rid the clubhouse of several cancers, the Sharks shipped Craig Janney to St Louis for Darren Turcotte and a 2nd round pick for starters. Janney spent most of his tenure in San Jose pouting about being dealt to the 5th year franchise.

They also traded sniper Ray Sheppard and a 4th round draft pick to Florida in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round selection in the 1996 NHL Draft. The two 2nd round selections were eventually sent to Chicago for their 1st round pick, which was used to take Marco Sturm.

Kevin Miller was also sent to Pittsburgh for a 5th round draft pick in the 1996 NHL Draft and future considerations.


In what would prove to be one of the biggest mistakes in team history, the Sharks acquired Janney and other considerations from St Louis in exchange for D Jeff Norton, a 4th round selection in 1995 and future considerations. Norton was a fan favorite, but the Sharks were in need of some scoring punch.

San Jose also completed the termination of the Ov-Line, when they sent Johan Garpenlov to Florida in exchange for a 5th round selection in 1998 and future considerations.

Bob Errey was traded to Detroit a week prior to the trade deadline in 1995, for a 5th round selection that netted the Sharks C Michal Bros. Errey helped Detroit win a Cup in 1995 and Bros never played a second in the NHL.


In what would prove to be a win for the Sharks, they landed right wing Ulf Dahlen from Dallas in exchange for defensemen Mike Lalor and Doug Zmolek. Zmolek was the defensive prospect that enticed Dallas into making this move, but Dahlen would provide a solid 2nd line forward for three plus seasons.


Nothing doing in 1993. Not much to work with, other than draft picks, and the Sharks were expecting to have lots of high value picks to work with. Problem is, they would screw that all up by making the playoffs a year later.


San Jose went hog wild their first season, making a series of trades on deadline day. They would acquire Garpenlov from Detroit in exchange for defenseman Bob McGill and an 8th round selection in the 1992 NHL Draft. They also grabbed Vancouver’s 8th round draft pick for defenseman Ken Hammond. Finally they acquired winger Dave Snuggerud from Buffalo in exchange for right wing Wayne Presley. Not much in terms of real value, with the exception of Garpenlov, who would go on to have success with linemates Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov.


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