San Jose Sharks' trade of Douglas Murray might be start of something bigger
Within days, we will know if Douglas Murray's departure from the Sharks is the beginning of ... well, something bigger or something smaller. But we know this much: It isn't the end. The NHL's trade deadline of April 3 looms. And anyone who has watched San Jose's favorite hockey team slog through the past two months, trying and failing to become a solid playoff lock, knows that the roster is about as ready to win a Stanley Cup as North Korea is ready to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Doug Wilson, the Sharks' general manager, made his first reactive move Monday by trading Murray to the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for two high draft picks. In the trade announcement, Wilson expressed his respect for Murray and added: "This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves." Wilson did not mean that statement the way some might construe it: That Murray was departing a non-quality situation that he didn't deserve. But you could not blame anyone for construing it that way, the way things are going for the Sharks. During a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Wilson was more enlightening, while being circumspect about his specific strategy. "Can this lead to other deals?" Wilson asked, repeating a question. "Sure it can." But what sort of deals? Will the Sharks be seeking a "rental" veteran player on a short-term contract to boost their playoff chances?
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