The Sharks made a big play for Blue Jackets power forward Rick Nash but didn’t come close to striking the deal before the trade deadline.
San Jose GM Doug Wilson was going to part with young gun Logan Couture, so that was that. The Blue Jackets management team stuck wouldn't come down on its demands.
“It's based on supply and demand,” Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News. “The prices seemed to be very high.”
Wilson settled for trading handy third-line forward Jamie McGinn and two prospects to Colorado to get pesky T.J. Galiardi and gritty Daniel Winnik.
“We were looking for speed, grit, tenacity and penalty-killing,” Wilson said. “We think we got that in these two players.”
San Jose stumbled through a 2-6-1 road trip, so the group needed a shake-up. Before now and the playoffs, the club should also add offensive winger Martin Havlat – who has resumed skating after recovering from hamstring surgery.
“When everybody gets into their proper roles, we have a very good hockey team,” Wilson said. “Once you get all the pieces to the puzzles settled, we like our team a lot. But it doesn't matter what it looks like on paper, it's what's on the ice that counts.”