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Sharks add depth, agitation by trading for Moore

Feb 16, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

Adam Burish, Steve Ott, Dominic Moore AP

One of the fill-in-the-blank insults for the San Jose Sharks is that they’re too easy to play against. (Surely Ryane Clowe loves to hear that.)

The Sharks just became more irritating to deal with as they acquired agitating center Dominic Moore from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts received a 2012 second-round pick (originally Minnesota’s, which likely makes it more valuable) and sent a seventh rounder to San Jose to complete the deal.

With 19 points on the season, Moore won’t add a ton of firepower, but that’s OK because the Sharks are ludicrously explosive at center right now. (Seriously, their top-six forwards are crazy heavy on pivot talent.)

Moore is a good faceoff guy (an impressive 55.7 winning percentage this season) and averaged an even two minutes of penalty kill time per game with Tampa Bay, so his role should be fairly obvious.

This isn’t the kind of move that will push the Sharks over the playoff hump on its own, but we might look back at this as a subtle move that gives the team much-needed depth and a spicy note of irritation.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    He’s a lousy player and waste of a pick. The NHL of today lies in the draft and Doug Wilson trades all the picks every season. Marleau and Thornton are lazy chokes. Wilson has to go.

    • trbowman - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Moore isn’t a lousy plauer, this is a very good trade by the Sharks.

    • eastcoastcynic - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      I’d say Marleau and Thornton had issues in the past with being chokes that didn’t play with the necessary intensity needed in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’ve gotten over that.

      I think the Sharks needed a little more scoring punch on the wing rather than a non-scoring bruiser.

  2. sergio408 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    San Jose Shark Are Almost The Oakland Raiders of 2012 Draft only have 1,5,6,7 Picks

  3. lsxphotog - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Where on earth did you get that Moore is an agitator?

  4. boltsfan777 - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Right, Moore is not an agitator, nor is he dirty. That thing with Fedotenko was way overblown, too, as Shanahan could see. Moore is a smart, skilled, aggressive player who shows up every game. Pierre McGuire pointed out once during a game how more players should use common sense the way Dominic Moore does. A replay showed that Moore could have easily driven a guy headfirst into the boards, possibly causing injury, but he backed off just enough, and still completed the check.

    He’s been one of my favorite Lightning players, and I’ll hate to see him go.

  5. rca26 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Moore is a guy that brings his game up a gear in the playoffs, and his time in Tampa was no exception. This should be a very good pickup for a team that has had trouble closing the past few years. Grinders like Moore who rose to the occasion were the biggest reason the Lightning went as deep as they did last year.

  6. muttbolts - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I cant remember the amount of opposing players saying “i hate playing against moore”. Thats the kind if guy I want for a playoff run good score.moore will be missed.

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