Trade speculation is beginning to heat up around the National Hockey League, particularly with those teams that are floundering a little bit. The San Jose Sharks got a big win over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, but speculation continues to swirl around the Sharks.
Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play. Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenceman – Dan Boyle’s name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.
The Sharks definitely could use a boost to the bottom two lines. The aspect woefully apparent during the recent seven-game losing streak was the lack of goal production across the lineup, specifically on power plays. Even when the team jumped out to a 7-0 start a vast majority of the scoring was coming from the top line. What’s more, forwards not named Marleau, Pavelski, Couture or Thornton only have seven goals this season. You can’t rely solely on your four best players if you want to be a contender for the Cup.
And with the penalty kill, last year’s special teams sore spot, and overall defense remarkably improved this season it would make sense why the Sharks would want to tap into the blue line crop in attempting to acquire a goal-scoring forward. Though it probably won’t be Boyle. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.