Are you now able to shake off the fact that the San Jose Sharks managed to pull a blockbuster trade for all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson? While the Sharks also got prospect Francis Perron, in return, the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and two conditional picks.
Is that all it took or does Sharks general manager Doug Wilson have a secret weapon in hand?
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Senators were doomed to lose as soon as talks started with San Jose. Here is what he had to say of the Sharks GM during his 31 Thoughts: The Podcast on Thursday.
“Wilson is a salesman. He knows what he’s got around him, and he finds a way to do it. They call him the dentist - when he gets you in the chair and starts talking trade with you… I’ve had other GMs who tell me that the worst feeling in the NHL is when you’ve got only one team to trade with, and that guy is Doug Wilson - because you’re not getting out of there alive. Like, you know you’re probably going to lose the deal. Because he can talk up his players and make it sound like, ‘Boy, you’re getting a hell of a prospect here,’ and everyone else is going to say, ‘What? What are you doing.’
“That’s what happened here. They’re going to be outstanding. They’re going to be really good.”
With this in mind, Friedman came out stating that he wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson wasn’t good making major moves this season.
“I think they know they’re all-in, and they’re going to go out and they’re going to get somebody else at some point, maybe a center. They’re all-in it for this year.
“It’s their 25th anniversary, they’re hosting the All-Star game. You watch - they’re all-in this year. I think the first team to be all, all, all, all, all-in this year.”
Last week, NHL insider Darren Dreger of TSN reported that the Sharks are expected to go after a top centre to bolster their offense. While shopping for a top-six centre in the National Hockey League during the season, the Sharks plan on feeding off the Karlsson trade and making another move up front.
“I just don’t think Doug Wilson is done yet. I don’t think he’s done yet. I think that he’s going to try to add a centerman. To what ilk, we’re going to have to find out.”
We cannot wait to see this…