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San Jose Sharks Trade Options

San Jose SharksIt’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?

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7 comments for “San Jose Sharks Trade Options”

  1. I don’t know which defenseman I would like to see in teal, but I do know that I do not want Mitchell to be traded. The man is a speedster and a work horse. Sure, he hasn’t been scoring a lot, but he did get one last night, and Seto got two!, but he always works hard and creates opportunities for his team mates. And actually, I’ve loved him ever since this goal.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkT5cjlcnyI

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | December 17, 2010, 7:20 am
  2. I hear what you’re saying, but if we had to give up 2 forwards for a Top 4 defenseman, who would you choose?!

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | December 17, 2010, 12:42 pm
  3. I don’t know. The way they are playing right now, I am mad at the HTML line, but I don’t want to see any of them traded, and I have faith that they will once again pick up their game and start scoring points. Seto is probably the only one I would be willing to see go, and if his production starts to pick up, which it seems like it is since he scored two goals against the Stars, and scored against The Blues, then his trade value will skyrocket, but I wouldn’t want to package him with Mitchell, as stated before. It is a tough call and I honestly don’t have a good answer.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | December 19, 2010, 6:31 pm
  4. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ryan Suter from NSH.

    NSH has him and Shea Webber who are both UFA’s at the end of the season. Webber is going to want more than he’s currently getting now at 3ish Mil and Suter’s 3 mil isn’t going to go down cause he’s worth that much…. If NSH is kinda smart, they’d trade one (read:Suter) and get something in return….

    Posted by Cortez408No Gravatar | January 24, 2011, 1:18 am
  5. @Cortez408 - so here’s the (several) million dollar question: Which of our forward(s) would you be willing to trade to get one of those guys?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 24, 2011, 8:33 am
  6. Hey it turns out we didn’t have to give up much of anything to get that defenseman we needed/wanted. Ian White comes to San Jose for Derek Joslin (A youngun’ with potential) and a second round 2012 draft pick (of which the Sharks already had two). Oh, and white picked up a point on his first night in SJ…and Seto scored a hat trick!

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | February 20, 2011, 8:38 am
  7. Thanks for the update - if Seto can get going along side Couture, with Pavelski, Thronton, Heatley and Marleau doing their regular thing, we should be in good shape to get in tune for another possible deep playoff run!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | February 20, 2011, 8:50 am

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