Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Red Wings, Smid, Sharks, Clowe, Murray

Are the Detroit Red Wings interested in Ladislav Smid as the trade deadline approaches?  That's the word posted recently at cbssports.com.  The ninth overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft is not an offensive force, but he is described as a "shutdown" defenseman.

Do the San Jose Sharks need a reset?  A fresh coat of paint?  Yes, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.  But you will not see a full rebuild of the team.  According to LeBrun:
You’re not going to see a full rebuild in San Jose. It’s a market that despite years and years of sellouts probably wouldn’t support a full bottoming-out and redressing of the roster. In fact, the last time the Sharks missed the playoffs, in 2002-03, it’s believed the club lost around 3,000 season-ticket holders the following offseason.
Two unrestricted free agents who will need to be addressed by the Sharks prior to the trade deadline are Ryan Clowe and Doug Murray.  With the Sharks in position to make the playoffs this season, they would likely not trade either of these players for draft picks.  If they feel a player could be acquired that would put them in a better position to make a run at the Cup, that's a different story.

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