So another trade deadline has come and gone and while there may not have been a blockbuster trade for the Sharks (maybe with Marleau), GM Doug Wilson made some solid moves to beef up all the teams positions before the playoffs. Interestingly enough, both trades conducting were with the Toronto Maple Leafs who went on a nice little fire sale this week.
Toronto traded: Roman Polak and Nick Spaling
San Jose traded: Raffi Torres, 2017 and 2018 2nd round picks
At first I wasn’t big on this deal, but after watching Polak and Spaling play for a couple games, I’m beginning to warm up to it. Did the Sharks pay too much? Possibly. But, both players are already having an impact on the team. Polak throws his body around a lot and is really punishing other teams, while Spaling has already scored and is really fitting in. And I’m still happy that when Wingels comes back, Nick will probably go to the fourth line and send Melker Karlsson back to the AHL. He needs to spend some time with the Barracuda again.
Toronto traded: James Reimer and Jeremy Morin
San Jose traded: Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a 2018 conditional 4th round draft pick
I practically squealed like a little girl when I saw that the Sharks finally found a real backup goalie. Alex Stalock has been less than stellar this season and it made the Sharks coaches force Martin Jones to play 52 of the temas 61 games. That’s quite a few games for a goalie in his first year as a starter. Now, the Sharks will have a good veteran backup in Reimer who has a nice .918 SV% and 2.19 GAA. Those stats are certainly more appealing than Stalocks dismal .884 SV% and 2.94 GAA.
The other great part about this trade? San Jose didn’t need to get rid of any parts of their team. Ben Smith has barely played in the NHL this season and was spending his days in the AHL. The 4th round pick will become a 3rd round pick should the Sharks make the Stanley Cup finals this season.
Overall deadline grade: B+
-Both trades were really solid and despite the high price for Polak and Spaling and the uncertainty of Morin (6 points in 43 games last season), the Sharks look to have set themselves up pretty well for the playoffs this season.