A recap, with analysis, of the Sharks’ trade deadline moves.
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Transaction: Sharks trade center/wing James Sheppard to the New York Rangers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2016.
Analysis: The Sharks weren’t likely to re-sign James Sheppard, a pending unrestricted free agent, so moving him makes sense.
The deal was also done, according to Doug Wilson, in order to get Tomas Hertl more playing time at center, although it’s unclear why Hertl couldn’t play center with Sheppard still on the roster. Hertl isn’t likely to play center on Monday against Montreal, either, leaving some to wonder whether Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan are on the same page during the team’s so-called transition.
Still, getting a fourth round pick for a player that had just two goals in his last 48 games and didn't do much of note offensively is in line with the Sharks’ plan of stockpiling assets.
Wilson says: “We got the asset back for James Sheppard which was the priority part of the deal. We got a player like Tomas who was drafted as a centerman. That will be his position eventually. But, he has to earn that. Every player has to earn that. That’s where we all see him long term. The game will dictate if he’s playing well enough and has earned that to be a third-line center. But, the opportunity is there for him.”
[RELATED: Sharks deal Sheppard to Rangers]
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Transaction: Sharks trade forward Andrew Desjardins to Chicago in exchange for center Ben Smith and a conditional seventh round pick in 2017.
Analysis: Desjardins spent six-plus seasons in the Sharks’ organization but had been a scratch in seven of the last 20 games, so indications were that the pending unrestricted free agent wasn’t in the team’s future plans.
Smith is signed through the 2015-16 season, and McLellan indicated on Monday morning that he would likely center one of the Sharks’ bottom two lines moving forward. Numbers-wise it looks like an even deal, as Desjardins has 8 points in 56 games while Smith has 9 points in 61 games.
Smith, though, is two years younger than the 28-year-old Desjardins. He has one assist in his last 28 games and was recently a healthy scratch, so perhaps a change of scenery with a club that is building more for the future will benefit his career. It's a gamble worth taking for San Jose, which hasn't gotten much of anything from its bottom two lines this season.
Wilson says: “We know [Smith] well. … Quality, quality guy, very versatile, can [penalty kill], is coming from a great environment. Really excited in being here. For us, the key for him is that he does fit for now and the future: his versatility, his leadership and his approach.”
[RELATED: Desjardins sent to Chicago for Smith]
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Transaction: Sharks trade forward Tyler Kennedy to the New York Islanders for a conditional draft pick.
According to the Islanders’ press release: “San Jose will receive either the Islanders 7th round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, or the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 7th round pick in 2015. If the Islanders win the Stanley Cup and Kennedy plays in at least 50 percent of the games in the Final, the Islanders will instead trade the later pick of either their third round pick in 2016 or Vancouver’s third round pick (previously acquired) in the 2016 NHL Draft.”
Got all that?
Analysis: The Sharks gave up a second round pick to acquire Kennedy in the summer of 2013, so getting what’s likely to be just a seventh round pick in return for him doesn’t look too good. Kennedy never seemed to fit in with McLellan’s system while dealing a number of injuries, but is still a guy that could add some offensive depth to a team looking to make a deep run, and the Islanders qualify as that.
More than likely, this deal was done mostly as a favor to Kennedy, who is a pending unrestricted free agent that wasn't playing much and will be looking for a job this summer.
Wilson says: “We wish him nothing but the best. He came in and gave us a great effort. Injuries always get in the way and inhibit your performance, but we want players to go places and have success. I have no problem taking deals to put a player in a position where they have a chance to succeed going forward. I think sometimes agents remember that, too.”
[RELATED: Sharks trade Kennedy to Islanders for pick]
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Transaction: Sharks waive forward Tye McGinn, who was claimed by Arizona.
Analysis: The Sharks surrendered a third round pick to Philadelphia in the upcoming draft to acquire McGinn this summer in a move that looks absolutely dreadful now. McGinn was probably the worst player on the Sharks’ roster since opening night, was hardly noticeable when he was playing, and his only goal in 33 games with the Sharks came against lowly Edmonton on a brilliant setup by Patrick Marleau. Losing McGinn will have absolutely no impact.
Wilson says: “It’s one of those deals, you look at whether he didn’t fit in, whether he wasn’t given the opportunity – I’m happy he gets the opportunity to play. He’s going to a team that had moved some people out and is looking for some bodies. Tye is a good kid.”
[RELATED: Coyotes claim McGinn]
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Transaction: Sharks trade forward Freddie Hamilton to Colorado for defenseman Karl Stollery.
Analysis: Hamilton may have been tied for second on AHL Worcester with 30 points, but he’s been passed over by other prospects in the Sharks organization like Chris Tierney, Barclay Goodrow and Melker Karlsson. He is a pending restricted free agent with little NHL upside.
Stollery, 27, has played seven career NHL games.
[RELATED: Sharks ship Hamilton to Colorado]
Wilson says: “[Stollery] is a good player. A good puck-moving player. He’s played a couple of games in Colorado. He’ll give us some added depth, but he plays the game we want to play. Get the puck up the ice, and sees the ice very well.”