Trading has been Doug Wilson's weapon of choice for improving his club. He's made no shortage of major moves as Sharks' GM:
2003: Traded Mikka Kiprusoff for 2nd round pick (Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
2005: Traded Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm for Joe Thornton
2007: Traded Josh Gorges and 1st round pick for Craig Rivet and 5th round pick
2007: Traded Ville Nieminen, Jay Barriball and 1st round pick for Bill Guerin
2008: Traded Steve Bernier and 1st round pick for Brian Campbell and 7th round pick
2008: Traded Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, 1st round pick and 4th round pick for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich
2009: Traded Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and 2nd round pick for Dany Heatley and 5th round pick
2011: Traded Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and 1st round pick for Brent Burns
2011: Traded Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat
2012: Traded Jamie McGinn, Michael Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly for T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and 7th round pick
The Mikka Kiprusoff trade hurt early as Kipper eliminated San Jose from the Playoffs the next spring. But after a decade of great goaltending from Evgeni Nabokov and Marc-Edouard Vlasic becoming an elite young defenseman, that trade is a plus.
Joe Thornton came into San Jose in 2005 and won the MVP, making him the best midseason acquisition in NHL history by default. He has been one of hockey's best centermen since, while the only loss that hurt at all was Brad Stuart. Huge plus.
The Rivet and Guerin trades were both enormous busts, although it should be noted that San Jose had an extra first round pick that year, which they used on Logan Couture. So while the trades were busts, they weren't crippling.
Dan Boyle has been the best defenseman to ever play for San Jose, and arguably the best playoff performer in franchise history. Huge plus.
Dany Heatley did improve the Sharks' offense, but did not show up in his two postseasons in San Jose. Michalek has continued to get better and was an all-star in Ottawa this year, but his playoff track record since is limited and weak. Wash.
The Brent Burns, Martin Havlat and T.J. Galiardi trades are too early to evaluate, as they were all made to help this team in the postseason.
Grade: Above Average