You can call it desperation, or you can call it panic, but the San Jose Sharks are playing terrific hockey right now. It just happens to be at the exact right time, as well, as the Sharks are in an ever-changing playoff scenario with five other teams to make the NHL playoffs.
The trade of Jamie McGinn to the Avalanche for T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik is not looking so good from the Sharks' angle, but both Winnik and Galiardi are starting to make significant progress in producing for this team. Their added production would only further the Sharks' chances of making the playoffs.
However, neither one of the NHL trade deadline acquisitions are even a factor in why the Sharks are currently playing well and making a case for why they should be in the playoffs. In fact, the reasons why the Sharks are playing so well have been on the team or have been characteristics of the team the entire season.