San Jose Sharks Trade for Tampa Bay Lightning Center Dominic Moore in Smart Deal

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Dominic Moore #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks have acquired veteran center Dominic Moore of the Tampa Bay Lightning and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a second-round draft pick, according to TSN. All picks involved are for the 2012 NHL entry draft.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson spoke about the trade in a release on the team's official website:

“Dominic is an extremely versatile player that has performed in a lot of important playoff games the last two years,” said Wilson. “We feel that he is a great fit in several areas and his veteran presence will benefit our team greatly."

According to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the second-round draft pick the Sharks gave to Tampa Bay was originally Minnesota's.

Moore, who had been with the Lightning since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, will add some quality depth at center for the Sharks in the playoffs.

The Sharks have had injuries at forward this season, including to winger Martin Havlat, who has only played in only 26 games thus far.

Adding a veteran player with playoff experience was a big need for the Sharks, and they have addressed that with this trade for Moore.

The Sharks are the ninth NHL team Moore has been a part of, and he will not play for San Jose tonight against his now former Lightning team.

San Jose is in third place in the Western Conference standings, but are just three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division.