SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The struggling San Jose Sharks acquired forwards Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi from the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for forward Jamie McGinn and two prospects in a move to bolster their depth and penalty killing for a playoff push.
San Jose also acquired Anaheim's 2013 seventh-round pick, previously held by the Avalanche, and sent minor leaguers Mike Connelly and Michael Sgarbossa to Colorado in the deal that came just before the NHL trade deadline.
The trade happened while the Sharks were flying home from Minnesota after wrapping up a 2-6-1 road trip that knocked them out of first place in the Pacific Division and left them in a fight for a playoff spot with six weeks remaining in the season.
"It's nice when things have not been going the way you want to get some new life in the locker room," said injured defenseman Douglas Murray, who left the trip early after being hit in the throat with a puck. "Hopefully this will kick start us out of our funk."
That's just what general manager Doug Wilson hoped to accomplish with the trade. The Sharks head into the stretch run in seventh place in the Western Conference with 71 points. San Jose trails first-place Phoenix by two points in the division race and is just three points ahead of Colorado and Los Angeles for the final playoff spot in the conference.
The recent struggles contributed to the need to make the deal. The Sharks allowed 35 goals in the nine games, including nine in 31 power plays for the opposition. San Jose is the third worst penalty killing team in the league this season at 77.4 percent, a problem that has plagued the team all season.
"We got kicked in the butt pretty good. Now comes an opportunity to reveal your character and how you deal with that. Adding some players I think is important," Wilson said. "Now is time to play the type of hockey we're capable of. Not just what we've shown in spurts."
Wilson hopes these additions plus getting Murray, Marty Havlat and Dominic Moore back from injuries in the coming weeks will give the Sharks the most depth they've had heading into the playoffs. San Jose has gone to the Western Conference finals the past two seasons and is hoping to take that next step this spring.
"Once you put all the pieces in the puzzle in proper roles and add T.J. and Daniel, we like our team a lot," Wilson said. "But it's not how it looks on paper, it's how it performs on ice."