San Jose Sharks have acquired T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and a 2013 Seventh Round Pick in return for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa. Contrary to beliefs that the Sharks will pull of a superstar signing (possibly James van Riemsdyk or Rick Nash) the Sharks were unable to tie off any of these deals partly due to their reluctance to let off Logan Couture.
Here is what the official press release states on the new entrants.
“Galiardi has posted 14 points (eight goals, six assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. The six-foot-two, 190 pound forward was a second round selection of the Avalanche in 2007 (55th) overall. Currently in his third full NHL season, Galiardi has 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 171 games – all with Colorado.”
“Winnik has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 63 games. He has played every Avalanche game this season and is second on the team in shots with 155. Originally selected by Phoenix in ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the six-foot-two, 210 pound native of Toronto has notched 96 points (34 goals, 62 assists) and 177 penalty minutes in 345 NHL games.”
If I were to be asked, I’d say that Colorado got the most out of the deal. The Sharks have given away two of their brightest prospects and in all honesty, it does not help their cause. Sgarbossa is going to be the main difference maker in this deal. His 41 goals and 43 assists in 57 games in the OHL are testimony to the fact that he is an exceptional talent and right now there is none in the Sharks’ prospect pool who has that kind of technical ability and skill set.
McGinn on the other hand has improved tremendously over the past couple of seasons and seems to be improving exponentially with each passing year. At 24, he still has a long road ahead of him and is currently having a career season with the Sharks notching up 12 goals and 12 assists. He is the one to look out for because he can turn into something really big for Colorado.
The Sharks on the other hand got players that they really needed. Both Winnik and Galiardi are going to be playing day in day out and bring the added depth and stability to the Sharks line-up. They will most probably be played on the third and fourth lines and it will allow the return of Jim Vandermeer into defense. Winnik is not much of an excitement and he will not provide the Sharks with that many goal scoring opportunities. Galiardi on the other hand is an exciting prospect, the same age as McGinn and although he played in 35 games last year, he was the 6th highest rookie in terms of scoring in 09/10.
But all of this at the cost of two potential biggies from an already thin prospect pool of the Sharks is not at all worth it. I reiterate my comments. Colorado got on the sweeter end of the deal.