Sharks and Wild 2011 Offseason Trades: Sharks Are the Bigger Winners
The Sharks and Wild have both had busy offseasons...with each other that is. In the past few weeks, the San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild have made three trades with each other. While both teams received some valuable players, the Sharks appear to be the bigger winner.
In the first of the three deals, the Sharks traded forward Devin Setoguchi and prospect Charlie Coyle for the Wilds Brent Burns. Setoguchi is a sniper who's shown he is capable of a thirty goal season, but has been a little inconsistent over the past few years. With a less talented Wild team, Setoguchi will have a harder time scoring than with the offensively sound Sharks.
Brent Burns is an amazing defenseman who is a perfect complement to Dan Boyle. Like Boyle, Burns is great on both ends of the ice, as he is capable of scoring and playing solid defense.
The second deal between the two teams saw the Sharks trade sniping forward Dany Heatley for another good scoring and quick forward: Martin Havlat.
Due to some injuries, and some other reasons, Heatley's two-year tenure with the Sharks was seen as a disappointment. In his first season with the team, Heatley put up a solid 39 goals. However, only missing two games last year, Heatley put up 26 goals; very low for him.
In the postseason, Heatley only scored five goals in 32 playoff games for the Sharks in his two seasons with the team.
And the Sharks are a talented team as well, so Heatley may struggle with the Wild, who aren't the best team offensively.
However, Martin Havlat put up 22 goals with a weak offensive team, also with 40 assists. Havlat's speed is a great complement to Patrick Marleau's world-class speed.
Playing with a much better supporting cast, as well as being clutch in both the season and postseason, Havlat is a perfect fit with the Sharks.
And in the final trade the teams have made to date, the Sharks acquired James Sheppard from the Wild for a 2013 third-round draft pick.
Sheppard will be a good fit with the Sharks as he is a decent third or fourth-line center; something the Sharks also needed. He completes the team's depth.
As for the Wild, receiving the Sharks' 2013 third-round pick isn't that great, seeing as how the Sharks are always near the bottom of the draft pool since they always put together a strong season.
Burns, Havlat, and even Sheppard complete the depth of the Sharks, adding some key players the Sharks desperately needed.
Burns will help majorly with the powerplay, penalty kill, and even strength, as he is a solid defenseman who will relieve Boyle of some minutes.
Havlat, who performs in the playoffs unlike Heatley, also adds an element of speed to the Sharks, as well as a clutch player. Speed is another element the Sharks needed with the loss of Setoguchi.
Sheppard will be a solid bottom-six forward, another major piece in the Sharks puzzle.
With the three players the Sharks nabbed from the Wild, along with guys like Michal Handzus, Colin White, and Jim Vandermeer, the Sharks' chances of winning the cup are better than ever.
On the Wilds side, they'll need good seasons from Heatley and Setoguchi if they want to make the playoffs. With a less talented team, the duo will really need to step it up a notch if they want to prove they can be stars in Minnesota.
The Sharks definitely got the better end of the deal. Or deals I should say.
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