SAN JOSE – The NHL’s noon trade deadline has come and gone, and the San Jose Sharks remain the same.
General manager Doug Wilson has apparently decided to stick with his current roster for the final 19 games of the regular season and playoffs. The Sharks are a virtual lock to make it to the postseason with a 39-17-7 record.
There was speculation on Tuesday that the Sharks were interested in bringing back forward Devin Setoguchi, but a team source indicated that deal was never close to coming to fruition.
Another rumor on Tuesday had Sabres scoring winger Thomas Vanek potentially coming to San Jose, but that was strongly denied on Tuesday evening.
The salary cap also likely hindered any potential trade. According to CapGeek.com, San Jose has approximately $1.7 million in cap room, and that’s assuming injured defenseman Brad Stuart is on long term injured reserve. Stuart has missed the last four games with an upper body injury.