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2012 NHL Free Agency: San Jose Sharks Swap Torrey Mitchell for Adam Burish

Adam Burish can be an impact player in the true sense of the word.
Adam Burish can be an impact player in the true sense of the word.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
MJ KasprzakSenior Writer IIJuly 2, 2012

For most teams, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm PDT July 1st is the busiest 12 hours of any year. This is when contract years expire, marking the first 12 hours outside teams can talk to unrestricted free agents.

Once again, the San Jose Sharks were not one of those teams. They don't even lose players quickly to other teams.

This year, they lost only Torrey Mitchell to the Minnesota Wild ($1.9 million per season cap hit on a four-year deal), and signed Adam Burish to a three-year deal with a cap hit just $100,000 lower.

Last season, general manager Doug Wilson signed penalty-killing forward Michal Handzus and added Jim Vandermeer for reserve depth. The Sharks lost Ben Eager and Scott Nichol.

The rest of the league saw 48 players change teams before the day was out.

It is no accident there was no more movement in San Jose. Wilson's M.O. is to either re-sign the top talent before the eve of free agency or move on. The players they lose and replace are the kind you hope to get a deal on later, and who are hoping to get a better deal than the one they are being offered.

For an in-depth analysis on the impact of this trade-off, visit this San Jose Sharks Examiner link.

For both players, it meant a reunion.

Torrey Mitchell is rejoining former Sharks teammates Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. He might even end up on the same line as Seto if he is moved back to centre.

Meanwhile, Burish was a teammate of Joe Pavelski when the Wisconsin Badgers won their sixth NCAA title in 2006. He was also a teammate of Antti Niemi when the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years back in 2010.

According to Brodie Brazil's Twitter feed, Burish texted "lets go win a cup" to Pavelski after signing.

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