The NHL's trade deadline is fast approaching and as we draw closer and closer to the February 28th date, San Jose Sharks fans are waiting for the other shoe to drop. As trade speculation and rumors spring forth from the mundane to the wildly spectacular, the "month of move" is coming to a close.
From a fan perspective the trade deadline offers some terrific debate fodder and a chance to dream about moves that may or may not come to pass.
Part of those discussions may be reduced this year due to the parity in the league as there's honestly very few teams with no shot of making the playoffs. The Western Conference itself lends to wild swings in the standings, so at this point identifying the obvious sellers and buyers is still tricky.
Put those details against the backdrop of the salary cap and movement clauses, and things become even more confusing and complex.
While Sharks fans may look for the big fish trade like the Dan Boyle, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton's of the past, the fact of the matter is the salary cap is making big trades damn near impossible. Smaller less heralded moves may be the one to bring the Sharks the elusive prize they have long coveted.
Then again, the Sharks have a long history of "tinker" type of moves that hasn't exactly gotten them over the hump.
One thing is for sure, however, with the top-heavy nature of this roster and payroll, Doug Wilson cannot make a mistake. With the large no-movement contracts already on the roster, a mistake could send the Sharks down a path that may take some time to recover from.
Here then is a chance to look back at some of the worst trade mistakes in franchise history.