San Jose Sharks: Top Five Trades in Team History

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San Jose Sharks: Top Five Trades in Team History

The San Jose Sharks have yet to bring home the coveted Stanley Cup during their 17 seasons of existence.

However, it hasn't been for a lack of a quality coaching staffs, nor the lack of quality management.

With an organization that has been filled with great hockey minds from top to bottom throughout its history, the Sharks have boasted some of the most highly-talked about teams since their inception.

First, it was the 1994 first-round upset of the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings, and a year later it was another first-round shocker over the No. 2-seeded Calgary Flames.

Five years later, the Sharks were once again a Cinderella winner when they knocked off the top-seeded St. Louis Blues in the 2000 quarterfinals.

Over the next four seasons the Sharks made the postseason three different times, capped off by a run to the Western Conference Finals during the 2003-04 season.

After the lockout, the Sharks struggled in the first two months of the season before acquiring Joe Thornton in late November. San Jose then went on to finish an impressive fifth place in the Western Conference before being eliminated in the conference semifinals.

Three years later, the Sharks won their first ever President's Trophy as the best team in the regular season.

And while last season's first-round collapse was a major disappointment, there is no denying how impressive they have been over the last 14 seasons.

During that span, the Sharks have qualified for the playoffs 12 different times, including five in a row.

After this season comes to a close, it will be 13 in 15, with six straight appearances.

Postseason failures may linger as the final outcome each season, but most NHL teams aren't nearly as fortunate to make the playoffs as often as San Jose has over the last decade-and-a-half.

Now, what has been able to sustain this tremendous regular-season success when players come and go?

Well, no matter who has been running the franchise, the Sharks have benefited from five of the most noteworthy trades over that span.

In fact, the most recent of the five may go down as the biggest steal of the decade.

Now without further ado, here are the top five trades in Sharks history.

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