San Jose Sharks’ Offseason Is in a Familiar but Odd Standstill

July 4th, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
When it comes to making the big move to acquire a necessary talent, San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has never been shy on pulling the trigger.

During the 2006-07 season, Wilson traded for power forward Bill Guerin at the deadline to bolster what in his mind was a top forward group in need of extra punch.

The following season Wilson traded for puck moving defenseman Brian Campbell because he felt his team needed more offense from the blue-line.

Now along with two first round picks, the players given up in these deals were Ville Nieminen, who despite being just 33 years old is already out of the NHL, and Steve Bernier, who has not lived up to his first round draft slot. Bernier's career high of 32 points was quite low for being drafted 16th overall in 2003 and he spent just one year in Buffalo before moving onto Vancouver and now Florida.

While the first round draft choices San Jose gave up could end up being quality players, the Sharks got plenty of value in return for their offerings. Sure, neither Guerin or Campbell signed extensions with the Sharks but both of them played excellent hockey in their short time by the Bay.

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