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Trade Deadline: Grier not shy in first deadline day
SJ starts to remold roster with handful of moves
3/3/2023 - By Mike Lee

The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. In his first year as Sharks General Manager, Mike Grier has not been passive in his attempts at improving the Sharks. Grier executed a flurry of deals on Friday, but the wheeling and dealing started weeks ago. Erik Karlsson and James Reimer are still Sharks, but the Sharks are a much different looking organization than on opening night.

The deadline doesn't mean Grier can't still make moves. The noon threshold on Friday is the cutoff for acquired players to be eligible for the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Teams out of the playoff hunt are more likely be teams involved in trades between now and July 1st, but anything can happen.

Here is a recap of all the moves San Jose has made since the season started back in October.

Trades / Claims --

January 6: Claimed LW Michael Eyssimont off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets

January 18th: Acquired C Kyle Criscuolo from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for F Jasper Weatherby

January 25th: Acquired D Jacob MacDonald and RW Martin Kaut from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for F Matt Nieto and D Ryan Merkley

February 5th: Acquired a 2023 4th round draft selection from the Seattle Kraken in exchange for D Jaycob Megna

February 26th: Acquired D Shakir Mukhamadullin, RW Fabian Zetterlund, D Nikita Okhotiuk, LW Andreas Johnsson, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a conditional 2024 1st round pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for F Timo Meier, D Scott Harrington, D Santeri Hatakka, F Timur Ibragimov, G Zach Emond and Colorado's 2024 5th round draft pick.

February 28th: Acquired D Henry Thrun from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2024 3rd round draft pick.

March 1st: Acquired LW Vladislav Namestnikov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for LW Michael Eyssimont.

March 3rd: Acquired D Arvid Henrikson from the Montreal Canadiens for Nick Bonino and a 2024 5th round draft pick

March 3rd: Acquired a conditional 2024 5th round draft pick and a 2023 7th round draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for D Tony Sund. The conditional 2024 fifth-round selection will become a 2024 fourth-round selection if Pittsburgh advances to the 2023 Eastern Conference Final.

March 3rd: Acquired a 2025 4th round draft pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for LW Vladislav Namestnikov

March 3rd: Acquired LW Jacob Peterson from the Dallas Stars for RWScott Reedy and a 2024 5th round draft pick

Call-Ups --

The guys who will get looks for the remainder of the season can vary of course, but San Jose made the much anticipated move of recalling William Eklund on Friday. Eklund showed at the beginning of the 2021-22 season that he belongs in the NHL, but the Sharks wanted to be patient with his development.

Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson are getting looks after being acquired from New Jersey last weekend. Zetterlund has looked comfortable in his limited time in San Jose and Johnsson recorded a point in his second game as a Shark.

Nick Cicek has seen the most opportunity with the big club. He's currently assigned to the Barracuda, but he could see time with the big club if there are any issues with the blueliners.

San Jose gave Martin Kaut a look, so he could be back, but San Jose is also evaluating guys currently on the roster. There is likely to be lots more movement in the off-season, so now is the time for guys to prove they belong. .

With Eklund's recall, look for Thomas Bordeleau to be right behind him. The young duo are both likely to start the 2023-24 season with the NHL club, so it makes sense for San Jose to give Bordeleau a preview before a full time assignment next fall.


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