Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 3/23/13

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 14: Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild in goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the game at the Honda Center on October 14, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sometimes the fate of enemies can be intertwined by their own decisions.  In a geo-political sense it may be connected by its use of various fuels, or strategic interests that can bring two foes to work together to solve a collective problem.  This sort of describes the strange relationship between the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks.  These two organizations, opponents on the ice have worked together a lot as they hope to solve their own team's personnel issues.  It all started in what I called the 'Summer of the Shark' back in 2011.  The Wild and Sharks made 3 separate deals that were supposed to have a big impact when they were originally made but also would loom like a shadow over these two clubs for years to come.  The first of these deals, was made at the NHL Entry draft which was held in St. Paul that year when Gary Bettman strode up to the podium and said "We have a trade to announce..." and then said Minnesota trades Brent Burns and a 2nd round pick to San Jose for D...
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