NHL Trade Deadline: Sharks Stand Pat, Bound To Stumble Again

March 3rd, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The 2010 NHL trade deadline passed this afternoon, and not a single deal was made by the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks.

Now for fans on the outside, one might assume that a first-place team isn't in need of acquiring any new talent because it is in first place in its conference.

However, every local analyst—professional and amateur alike—following the Sharks had been clamoring for San Jose to pickup a puck-moving, top-four-caliber defenseman.

In fact, even the sometimes drastic and over-the-top Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle and Comcast Sports Net suggested the Sharks might have needed two defensemen at the deadline.

Whichever the case may be, it was clear that San Jose needed to trade for at least one proven defenseman—and nearly all Sharks followers and reporters were expecting an impressive acquisition to be made.

But as I sit here at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday afternoon—four-and-a-half hours past the trade deadline—the Sharks have acquired zero defensemen.

So what does this mean for the Sharks?

It means that for all intents and purp ...

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