Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sharks Trade Deadline Moves

The San Jose Sharks made a move at the trade deadline to address the problems I had been pointing to, but it was an inferior one. They traded two prospects, including one of their glut of goalies, and a conditional draft pick (second to fourth) to division rival Anaheim in exchange for thug Travis Moen and stay-at-home defenceman Kent Huskins. Both are in the last year's of their contracts.

Moen, 26, will be able to fill in for Mike Grier on the penalty kill, but not as well as Ian Laperriere, 35, would have. He has neither the experience or offensive capabilities, coming in with just 12 points to Laperriere's 17. He adds the feistiness the team lacks, but does so without honour: Moen is the one who viciously attacked one-armed agitator Steve Ott Saturday. But he does have his name on the Stanley Cup.

It is hard to see Huskins, 29, playing unless there are injuries on the blueline or coach Todd McLellan decides to dress seven defencemen. He has two goals and four assists, as well as a +6 rating, in limited action, having missed half the season with an injury. He is +26 for his young career, showing that he does not make mistakes. However, he does not have Douglas Murray's hitting abilities or any other of the top six defencemen's offensive skills.

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