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Wilson started the morning by trading the 50th pick in the 2013 NHL draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for restricted free agent (RFA) forward Tyler Kennedy.
Perhaps he felt sorry for the highway robbery of getting two second-round picks for Douglas Murray. Kennedy is not even guaranteed to be under contract next season, and he had played himself off the active roster for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who bowed out early in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
However, RFAs do not have much leverage unless they are stars. Kennedy is not that and can thus probably be re-signed. He also plays with the skill and speed the Sharks need. He has plenty of experience but is still young enough to be part of their future.
Thus, this move looks like it brings them the extra scoring line forward they need. That would be worth a late second-round pick.
Unfortunately, it likely signals the team cannot re-sign T.J. Galiardi, a better defensive forward who would probably be more affordable. That leaves them one forward short, even if they could count on Martin Havlat.
This is only a good move is if they shed that contract. That would allow them to re-sign Galiardi and leave more than $2 million to replace Havlat.