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San Jose Sharks At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

In January, the San Jose Sharks looked a shell of their former selves, unable to score goals, keep leads, or prevent the puck from going in. Following a six-game losing streak, the Sharks have been impressive and have sustained momentum for a few weeks.

With balance returning to the forward attack, GM Doug Wilson seems to have made his moves already by acquiring two-way forward Kyle Wellwood, tough guy Ben Eager, and two-way defenseman Ian White. That basically hit all of the marks on Doug Wilson’s checklist, and the only real question mark (on paper) seems to be a backup goalie to replace the injured Antero Niittymaki.

Status: Buyer

Need: Backup goaltending to play behind Antti Niemi, and whatever magic elixir can make this fantastic-on-paper group play to their theoretical potential.

Players On The Block: Devin Setoguchi ($1.8 million), Kent Huskins ($1.7 million), Niclas Wallin ($1.7 million)

Prediction: With most needs met with recent acquisitions, San Jose’s only activity will probably be to shed cap space to the Eastern Conference if they can find a taker for either Huskins or Wallin.

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