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Sources say… trade!

So many rumors, so little time, mere weeks before the NHL trade deadline.  When I see the phrase “sources say…” I always hear “survey says…!” in my head, the way they used to say it on Family Feud.  Perhaps I only hear it that way when I’m on cold meds.  Meds or no, something tells me that what most sources say is less reliable than game show surveys.  Bruce Garrioch mentions the Sharks in two different scenarios in a single rumor pack, beginning with Ryan Smyth:

If Smyth does decide to waive his no-movement clause, there won’t be any tears shed. The 35-year-old could easily go to a contender as a pure rental, take the chance to win the Stanley Cup and then return to the Oilers.  -Ottawa Sun

Then there’s Teemu Selanne.  Garrioch says San Jose is one of many waiting for him to decide to waive his NMC:

The Sharks would be an attractive option because of San Jose’s proximity to his family in Anaheim. -ibid

Those are fun. I especially like the part about Smyth being able to go back to the Oilers later since he likes it there so much.  That’s sweet.

The Selanne and Smyth rumors to the Sharks are highly suspect because they directly contradict Doug Wilson’s previously stated unwillingness to sign rental players. I wouldn’t deny him the right to change his mind but I don’t think Sources speak for him.  Since he’s in No Comment mode now, I don’t think he’ll be saying anything about it.  The fact that he did deny the Clowe rumors makes me think that rumor made him mad.  Wilson doesn’t usually do that, but maybe that was just pre-No Comment mode.

There’s also this story from the Toronto Sun (sort of):

...there’s growing interest in versatile winger Travis Moen. Most of the interest seems to be coming from Western Conference teams with the San Jose Sharks among the front-runners for Moen’s services. -Toronto Sun

The only thing better than anonymous sources are authorless articles.  I understand it came from a wire service, but someone talked to the unnamed sources, then someone else decided to share the information via the Toronto Sun.  Somewhere along the way it would just be friendlier to put someone’s name—even a pseudonym—on it.  It’s not illegal, it just bugs me.

Travis Moen could also end up being a short-timer, since he’s a free agent this summer… if I’m reading CapGeek correctly through the cold meds. Not sure why Kurz gave that story a spot on his blog and not the other.  They all look fishy to me, and not a yummy-for-sharks kind of fishy.

This is too rumor-heavy. It needs some innuendo to spice things up:

@PollakOnSharks: “Word is AMurrary waived because #sjsharks like what they see of younger guys (plus Vandermeer at F), desire to get AMurray playing time.”

Makes sense… no it doesn’t!  They want to give Andrew Murray playing time? What is he, 22? At a certain age, the need to play frequently is replaced by the need to avoid injury.  I hardly think AHL playing time for him is worth losing him to waivers unless you’re perfectly willing to have him go play for someone else. McLellan did say they are not disappointed with Murray’s play this season.  That doesn’t change the fact that they don’t seem to have a need for it anymore.

Apparently it also means the Sharks are happy with other players, says Todd McLellan:

“It gives us an opportunity to evaluate some of the other younger players – the Johnny McCarthys, the Wingels, the Ferrieros while they’re here to see what we have and where they fit in.” -Working the Corners

I’m not crazy about the pluralizing of their names.  Who was left off that list?  Sheppard?  It sounds like McLellan started out not planning to list them, then did.  I guess Wingels might not be plural, but sandwiched there between the McCarthy and Ferriero families it seems like it is. I’m sure an interrogation expert could explain why that bugs me.

With several players getting ready to get healthy, the Sharks do need some room on the roster.  They could have opened a roster spot by sending McCarthy back to Worcester since he’s still waiver exempt. Moving Murray means they really want a spot and would probably be okay with getting a contract slot as well.  We’ll see tomorrow if Andrew Murray will remain a Shark, in San Jose or Worcester.

Until then, I’m going to take more cold meds and maybe all will be clear in the morning.

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awould's avatar

Smyth didn’t go to Edmonton because he thought they had a shot at winning it all.  And he didn’t leave LA because they weren’t a contender. No way Smyth leaves Edmonton for SJ.

Posted by awould on 02/07/12 at 01:58 PM ET

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net

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