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Giguere Trade Answers Some San Jose Sharks Questions

San Jose SharksThis was just a hunch, but when the San Jose Sharks failed to sign a veteran backup goalie to replace outgoing Brian Boucher, the question was - if the Sharks were going to make a serious run in the playoffs, why wouldn’t you go out and find an known commodity to protect your net instead of only relying on your AHL prospect? The answer - Jonas Gustavsson.

During the summer the Sharks were rumored to be in contention for Gustavsson’s services. The Swedish net minder was supposed to be the second coming of Martin Brodeur and if the Sharks could land him, they’d have the best prospect in pro hockey backing up Evgeni Nabokov. Gustavsson signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here we are two-thirds the way into the season and Gustavsson has had two heart surgeries, has a 3.03 goals against average and a .899% save percentage. When Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke traded Vesa Toskala to the Anaheim Ducks for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the move could be interpreted as an open admission that maybe Gustavsson isn’t quite as ready for the NHL as one would have thought.

I often get frustrated when I don’t get what I want. I was disappointed when Gustavsson signed with someone else. Here, however, is a rare opportunity to see where NOT getting what I/we wanted may have worked out for the better. If there is a down side to all this - the Anaheim Ducks signed Jonus Hiller to a 4-year extension. If Hiller really is a “Shark Killer”, this might make things difficult for the Sharks.

This might be the sign that the trade gates are about to open up. With the trade deadline just 3 days after the end of the Olympics, and with the NHL imposing a trade freeze during the Olympics, we might see more trades real soon.

Any thoughts on who you’d like to see in a Sharks sweater…or conversely who you’d like to see NOT wearing one anymore?

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2 comments for “Giguere Trade Answers Some San Jose Sharks Questions”

  1. I would love to see all of your 1st line not in a Sharks sweater but wearing a Canucks shirt instead. We can all dream eh.

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | February 1, 2010, 2:45 pm
  2. HA! I’d like to see some of the Sharks in Ducks sweaters…..really!

    Where’s our defense? oh, right…Philadelphia.

    Posted by DUXROXNo Gravatar | February 7, 2010, 10:51 pm

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