NHL Trade Rumors: Which Sharks Will Follow Douglas Murray Out of San Jose?

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NHL Trade Rumors: Which Sharks Will Follow Douglas Murray Out of San Jose?
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Douglas Murray is not likely to be the only San Jose Sharks player traded in the final days before the NHL trade deadline.

On Monday morning local time, the San Jose Sharks traded away a mainstay of their defense since 2007-08.

Douglas Murray was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins for draft picks. That is the very definition of being a seller leading up to the NHL trade deadline April 3.

That does not necessarily mean general manager Doug Wilson is going to have a complete sell-off of his talent. However, it does say that he is willing to hear offers even when he gets no immediate return.

This situation called for it.

Two second-round draft picks is a good return for Murray. He was unlikely to be on the team going forward, while it is likely one of the two picks will pan out for San Jose.

Though Murray offered penalty killing, blocked shots and hits, the Sharks were in need of more offense. With extra blue-line depth because they can pull Brent Burns from the forward position, they can now play every young defenseman and still absorb one injury.

This is almost certainly not the last trade. Wilson has said renting a player for a Stanley Cup run is "very doubtful," seemingly because no move is going to change the culture. He called the Sharks "a 57-minute team in a 60-minute game," according to Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News.

Maybe if the Sharks show 60 minutes of play every game until the NHL trade deadline, Wilson will change his mind. But given his stated value of 2013 draft picks, he is unlikely to trade them. The same goes for the San Jose's narrow pool of prospects.

That means a player could be leaving even if Wilson does decide to bet on this team one more time. In the more likely event he does not, there is no point in standing on talent that cannot be part of a rebuild. (It is a rebuild, no matter what it is called or how quickly a turnaround is expected.)

Thus, the following list focuses on the players likely to be traded if the team becomes sellers at the deadline, beginning with the most likely to be traded. (A list of those safe from being traded was prepared for Examiner.com.)

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