San Jose Sharks Trade For Fine Tuning, Not Blockbusters
Responding to the acquisition of Travis Moen and Kent Huskins from the Anaheim Ducks, the analysis on NHL Home Ice was that the San Jose Sharks apparently had the reputation that their 3rd and 4th lines were soft. According to duxrox, Travis Moen is a guy the Sharks can count on to change that perception. And along the lines that you need 10 good defensemen in the playoffs, Kent Huskins apparently qualifies as one of those ten – let’s just hope he gets healthy soon so he can not only be ready for the playoffs but have some time to skate with the team during ‘live fire’ exercises.
Doug Wilson mentioned that the acquisition also adds more Stanley Cup Championship experience to the team, something I guess you can’t have too much of. He also mentioned that the acquisitions are good because they’ll hopefully stir up some competition, a comment I thought was absolutely the most telling.
When you look at the Sharks lately they kind of look like a team that’s just been punching the clock. It makes sense that these acquisitions might get guys going if they want ice time, especially a little farther down the bench. Acquiring both a forward and defensemen means both ends of the team will be ‘challenged’, and by making mid line changes you keep the core of the team intact and preserve the chemistry you’ve spent all year creating, while injecting just enough new talent to hopefully get things going.
As always, we won’t know if any of this is working until April.