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Dominic Moore was expected to be the seventh-best San Jose Sharks forward. He was supposed to help them finish the season strong and make a run for the 2012 Stanley Cup.
The Sharks were in first place when they got him and finished with their worst record in almost a decade. They were eliminated from the playoffs in franchise-record time.
This means the trade for Moore was not worth it. There were no short-term gains and if the team wanted him for next season, they could have just signed him as an unrestricted free agent without yielding a solid draft pick.
But that does not necessarily mean the team should not sign him for next season. After all, the Sharks were struggling when they acquired Moore, and that accounts for these issues, right?
The Sharks made the trade so close to their game against Tampa that they could not complete everything needed in time to dress their new acquisition. They had lost three of five, but three of those games were on the road while four came against playoff teams.
San Jose dropped the contest in overtime, 6-5. Antti Niemi had the worst performance of his career, but the non-playoff Lightning won that game without Moore, so he can hardly be considered pivotal in that game.
The Sharks proceeded to lose the next three games with him by a combined score of 12-7. He was injured early in the 6-3 loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, but was on the ice for one of the goals despite just 2:14 of playing time.
In the four games that followed without him, the Sharks were 2-2. They beat an inferior team, were blown out by a superior one and lost to an inferior one at the end of a nine-game road trip. They then came home and beat a team with a better record.
This suggests a player whose presence lacks impact. The fact that the Sharks lost the next five games upon his return by a combined score of 6-14 might even suggest that he had a negative effect on his team.
The Sharks rebounded to go 10-4-1, but Moore had just four assists and a minus-six rating. His playoff experience was not evident in the three playoff games he played: He scored no points and was minus-1.
More to the point, the Sharks goals-against average was more than a full goal worse in games he played than those he did not. Dominic Moore was on the ice for under 15 minutes on average, but was out there for one goal each game without an answer.
Unfortunately, the thing Moore is most remembered for in the 2012 playoffs is being the victim of a sneak attack that drove him to the ice in the second game of the first round. Fortunately, neither the action nor his fate were as bad as his brother, Steve Moore, who suffered tragedy at the hands of Todd Bertuzzi.