Coming into Monday, the Sharks were strong contenders to possibly land a superstar via a trade (Rick Nash or James van Riemsdyk). Unfortunately, Doug Wilson could not sway a number of GM's to acquire that superstar without giving up Logan Couture.
So, Sharks' fans will have to settle for this following deal:
San Jose Acquires: T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik, 2013 Seventh Round Pick
Colorado Acquires: Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, Michael Sgarbossa
Here's some info on these players from Sharks' official press release:
Galiardi has posted 14 points (eight goals, six assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. The six-foot-two, 190-pound forward was a second round selection of the Avalanche in 2007 (55th overall). Currently in his third full NHL season, Galiardi has 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 171 games – all with Colorado.
Winnik has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 63 games. He has played every Avalanche game this season and is second on the team in shots with 155. Originally selected by Phoenix in ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Toronto has notched 96 points (34 goals, 62 assists) and 177 penalty minutes in 345 NHL games.
McGinn has played in 204 games, all with San Jose and has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) and 99 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Sharks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Connolly was signed as a free agent by the Sharks on April 14, 2011. He is currently in his first professional season with Worcester, where he has 30 points (ten goals, 20 assists) in 40 games.
Sgarbossa, signed as a free agent on Sept. 21, 2010, is currently playing with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League.
Who Got the Better Deal?
In my opinion, Colorado got the better deal. McGinn is just 24 and has improved each and every season since his rookie campaign with the Sharks. He is having a career season, with twelve goals and twelve assists, and could blossom into a really nice player for the Avalanche.
The Avalanche also received two prospects, including Mike Connolly, who is second on the Worcester Sharks in points with 30. The Sharks already have a thin group of prospects, and giving away one of their top prospects does not help.
However, the Sharks did get what they wanted. Galiardi and Winnik are going to play every day on either the third or fourth lines, giving the Sharks much needed depth. This will allow defenseman Jim Vandermeer to move back to playing defense, instead of dressing him as a forward.
Winnik is a scrappy forward who gives the Sharks energy and even some scoring on the third or fourth line. He should know Ryanne Clowe pretty well, as he fought him earlier this season (video here).
But Sharks fans should be the most excited about T.J. Galiardi, who is the same age as McGinn. He played in just 35 games last year, but in 2009-2010, he placed sixth among rookies in scoring with 15 goals and 24 assists.
However, the Avalanche still got a better deal by receiving McGinn and a top prospect. But considering what the Sharks are going through right now, they need some extra players to provide some jump and energy to the team.
So who do you think got the better deal? Will Winnik and Galiardi produce in San Jose? Will McGinn become a terrific player with Colorado? Respond to the poll and feel free to comment below.