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Sharks add Thomas in surprising trade Written by Sharky - January 24th, 2011

The Struggling Sharks were looking to find some goaltending and made a 6 player deal with the Minnesota Wild!

San Jose, California
AP
By Blake Morrison

 

For most of the CMHL season, the main problem of the 16-19-4 San Jose Sharks has been the lack of goaltending from the team. The team hopefully addressed this need completing a large 6 player deal with the slumping Minnesota Wild. The deal looks as follows :

To Minnesota
Ilya Kovalchuk
Antti Niemi
Ray Whitney


To San Jose
Tim Thomas
David Jones
Gabe Gauthier
STL 3rd 2011

The Sharks have acquired stud netminder Tim Thomas! though his numbers are not very spectacular the Sharks believe that he will be able to provide steady goaltending, and is signed long term. It will hurt losing recently acquired Kovalchuk, who recently started to heat up on a superstar line of Alex Ovechkin and Vincent Lecavalier, however the General Manager believes that re-acquired David Jones will be able to fill the void on the right side. The GM had these words to say on the trade " All season our netminding has been sub par, besides the sudden goaltending of (Justin) Peters. We tried Varlamov and Niemi and they didn't work.. so I felt it was time to bite the bullet and get a top netminder. Though struggling this season Tim Thomas is an elite goalie and we are thrilled to have him. It is tough losing Kovalchuk but you have to give assets to recieve assets. We wish the best to Ilya Ray and Antti and welcome Gabe Tim and David to San Jose!' The team is on its 3rd leg of a tripleheader and Dallas so Tim will be in the lineup the following game. We will have to see how the trade pans out!

Until next time!

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