San Jose Sharks Trade Options
It’s been incredibly frustrating trying to write about the San Jose Sharks. When you go from incredibly heroic (Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks) to horribly disappointing (Nashville Predators) it becomes difficult to focus on one topic long enough to put some thoughts together. Just when you think you have something to write about the team shifts gears and you have to start all over again. The biggest question is - why is this happening in the first place? At this point I really don’t think it’s the loss of Rob Blake - I doubt even his presence could put a stop to this madness. Maybe we (meaning the collective Sharks Universe) were too happy with reaching the Western Conference Finals. Maybe there should have been at least SOME level of disappointment. If this were say Toronto, or New York, or Montreal - there would most likely be MORE pressure to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. But this is San Jose, a town that some say are too lenient when it comes to putting pressure on their hockey club.
At this point I’m pretty sure there’s no amount of rhetoric that can get this team out if it’s psychotic funk. The time is for action. I’ve been saying for a few days now that someone needs to get traded. We already expected General Manager Doug Wilson to make some kind of move to get a Top 4 defenseman, so why not combine that with a trade to get people worried about their jobs? And since any team willing to trade away a quality defenseman probably needs offense, it looks like we’d have to trade a forward to get said D-Man. But which forward would we trade? We’d have to trade someone of a high enough quality to make parting with a Top 4 defenseman worth while.
I pondered this for a while but really couldn’t come up with anything that makes sense. You’re most likely not going to trade one of the Top 3 (Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton), and the Second 3 are the only one’s producing at this time (Ryan Clowe, Logan Couture). Then I read this ‘Trade Bait’ article on espn.com. They suggest Devin Setoguchi.
I’ve been suspicious of Setoguchi’s production for a while now, and when Wilson didn’t extend a longer term deal to Setoguchi during the summer I assumed that the team also has some doubts about Setoguchi’s long term prospects. I feel like Setoguchi is suffering from Cheechoo-itis. So when it comes to considering a trade I felt that Setoguchi’s lackluster 2009 through 2010 made him a lesser asset to trade for a Top 4 defenseman. But according to ESPN there might be some teams anxious to get their hands on him. Good.
Salary considerations aside, how about packaging Devin Setoguchi and Torrey Mitchell for say Joni Pitkanen or Tomas Kaberle? Or I guess the question is, which defenseman would you want to see in teal before the All-Star game?