This was one of the more telling quotes of the day in the wake of Doug Wilson trading Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two second round picks (the second being a conditional one based on Murray re-signing in Pitt).
“We have tremendous respect for Douglas as a hockey player and a person. He has been a warrior for our hockey club for the past eight seasons and he has been in the Sharks family for the past 14 years. This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves.”
He was happy to get Douglas Murray somewhere where he’d, y’know, have a chance to win.
Mark Purdy on the Mercury News wrote a post today implying this could be the start of some major changes for the Sharks, who really haven’t been very good lately:
Anyone who has watched San Jose’s favorite hockey team slog through the last two months, trying and failing to assemble itself into something approaching a worthy playoff contender, knows that the current roster is about as ready to win a Stanley Cup as North Korea is ready to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Yeah, what he said.
Purdy goes on to note that San Jose hasn’t won back-to-back games in regulation since January, and that no team – not Columbus, Calgary, Florida or Colorado – have scored less goals than them this season.
The Sharks have to do something, and while moving Murray for picks isn’t going to help them today, it may be the start of more changes before the deadline on April 3rd.
Update: this sounds about right:
Based on that conference call with Doug Wilson, the next five games are going to decide the fate of a lot of Sharks veterans.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) March 25, 2013