As we near the trade deadline, the trade rumors will undoubtedly be swirling around every team in the NHL. The San Jose Sharks have been known to pull of deadline deals for experienced, rental players who will help them as they head into the playoffs.
This year is no exception.
The Sharks sit in third place in the Western Conference and most likely will make a trade before the deadline.
What will General Manager Doug Wilson pull off this time? Judging by the current roster, the Sharks have their core intact, and probably will not go after any big names. Instead, look for Wilson to pull the trigger on experienced, veteran players who will help their third or fourth lines.
Read on to find some realistic trade possibilities that could get done.
Jason Arnott always seems to do well against the Sharks. That being said, it just makes sense to acquire Arnott, who will be a free agent this summer. Arnott has just nine goals in 22 games with the St. Louis Blues, who are already out of playoff contentions and will be sellers at the deadline.
Why should the Sharks trade for Arnott?
First and foremost, he has Stanley Cup experience, which is something that every GM looks for, especially given the Sharks' situation. Next, he will greatly help that third line of the Sharks, and provide veteran leadership for the locker room.
Arnott is 37 years old and will be a free agent. He will be more inspired to play for a Stanley Cup contender like the Sharks than a St. Louis Blues team that has been playing good hockey this season but faces many doubts going forward.
With the Colombus Blue Jackets struggling to win games this season, they will consider trading their veterans to contending teams.
Blue Jackets' blog jacketscannon.com explains:
Pahlsson is low-risk; his contract is up after this season, and by the time a team trades for him he's only going to cost them around $2 million--at most. For a guy who's made playoff runs, that's a bargain.
For a team trading for him, what would be the allure? Pahlsson has defensive chops. He wins faceoffs (won 57% last season). He has his name on The Cup (Anaheim, '07), so he's got playoff chops as well. You're telling me a team wouldn't take a flyer on him?
If traded to San Jose, Pahlsson will help out on the third or fourth lines, and provide veteran leadership.
The L.A. Kings are reportedly taking offers for Dustin Penner, who will be a free agent after this season. To say that Penner has been unproductive since being traded to the Kings last season would be an understatement.
However, many teams are looking at his stats from the two seasons before joining the Kings, where he notched 32 and 21 goals, respectively, for the Edmonton Oilers. At just 29 years of age, Penner should be reaching his prime pretty soon but seems to be on a steep decline with the Kings.
Perhaps a change of scenery up Highway 5 would benefit Penner. San Jose could sure use another big body on the third or fourth lines.
Now I am aware that all of these three potential trade targets are all third or fourth line players, and they will probably be just rental players.
I know, not the sexiest trade rumors out there.
But the Sharks have the right chemistry right now, and they are winning games on a routine basis. What they should not do is pull a Brian Sabean (GM of the San Francisco Giants) and make blockbuster deals in the middle of the season when everything seems to be rolling just fine.
Thus, I feel that the best move will be to not make a deal at all, and keep everything just the way it is. But, knowing Doug Wilson, he will probably want to make an upgrade to the team.