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Sharks GM Wilson talks Rick Nash, calls San Jose “an attractive destination for players”

Feb 22, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT


Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area spoke with San Jose GM Doug Wilson about a report that the Sharks were becoming serious players in the Rick Nash sweepstakes. While Wilson was hesitant to confirm or deny his interest, his response was still interesting.

“First of all, I didn’t read that story, I haven’t gotten into my clips yet,” Wilson said. “We don’t talk about other teams’ players, and any conversation I do have with a fellow GM would be kept in confidence.

“Historically, though, one of the most important things we do is make this be a place where players do want to play, and make it an attractive destination for players.”

The bit about making San Jose attractive (which may or may not involve a push-up bra and mascara) is key. Nash compiled a list of clubs he’d be willing to accept a trade to, and San Jose was on it — which is interesting given Dreger’s report that Nash is thinking long-term when it comes to a new city.

And if history is any indicator, San Jose really has been an attractive destination for players. Consider who’s arrived via trade since 2007: Bill Guerin, Brian Campbell, Dan Boyle, Travis Moen, Dany Heatley, Ian White, Martin Havlat, Brent Burns and Dominic Moore. Guerin, Heatley, Havlat and Boyle all waived their NTC/NMCs and the sheer volume of acquisitions definitely says something about the franchise.

And really, there is plenty to like about San Jose: Good weather, no overzealous media, building’s 100 percent full, organization treats players well (see: Owen Nolan’s massive retirement ceremony), back-to-back Western Conference final appearances and say what you will about Thornton and Patrick Marleau coming up small in big moments, they’re still gifted offensive players.

Think of it this way: If you’re a scoring winger, you’re jumping at the chance to play alongside Jumbo. The guy got Jonathan Cheechoo a Rocket Richard Trophy — imagine what he can do for you.

  1. SharkCircle - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The link you gave us that said the Sharks are not on the list, that link says they are on the list. “However, if a Nash trade were imminent, Portzline writes that the Bruins, Kings, Ranger, Sharks or Leafs are five clubs that “are believed to be on the approved list for Nash.” (It’s not clear whether those are the only teams.)”

    Can you clarify here?

    • Mike Halford - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Yeah, there was an incorrect chunk of text that went live. It’s since been updated. Apologies for the confusion.

  2. AlohaMrHand - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    As a Sharks fan I’d love to see him in a Shark sweater.BUT what exactly do the Jackets want in return?

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    It’s an attractive placr for players who like the playoffs minus the whole winning thing.

  4. sergio408 - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I Heard Pavelski would be of center of a package, but not sure what else we can give them besides maybe Greiss, abd we’d still have to clear some cap space to acquire Nash .

    • finfan88shark - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Give it up on the cap space, we have plenty of cap space. If you don’t no about cap space don’t comment and assume. Use cap geeks.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        Well, if you were smart enough to understand salary cap, you’d realize there’s also next year to worry about. San Jose has about $2.5M in cap space that, with proration, allows them to add someone with a $10+M cap hit at the deadline. Next year, however, you’re back to that same $2.5M (less Burns’ $2M increase, and any increases all your pending RFAs and UFAs could get, so actually probably over the cap already) and you’d still have Nash’s $7.8M to deal with.

        Granted, if Pavelski went the other way, that’d take care of $4M worth of worry, but you’d still likely have to clear another $4M to really be set for the start of next season. Considering CBJ wants one impact roster player plus high end picks and prospects, that makes it tough to clear more salary. You’d have to move Pavelski and Niemi (and good picks/prospects) to solve it right now, or move Pavelski and then Niittymaki/Griess (+) but then find a home for Havlat in the offseason.

        If it’s Carter you’re after, that all becomes a lot easier, but it’s by no means something an NHL GM can just worry about for the next couple of months and hope it all works out for next year.

    • doobiepatterson - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Nick Petricki

  5. finfan88shark - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Wilson is a fool, as is the Kevin Kurz the shoe shinning insider. LOL! Kurz is about as inside as you can get.

  6. jrod691 - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    All things considered (Cap hit, contract length, all-around production on offense and defense and special teams) as much as I really want Nash in teal I would be very hesitant to give up Pavs for him.

  7. doobiepatterson - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Doug please please listen. I have been a Sharks fan ever since you were on the blueline in 1991 so please listen. Find a away to unload Marleau to get Nash. I know you and others want to see him a lifelong Shark but come on, he obviously has been given enough chances to help take us to the promise land and has yet and probably will never prove it. If you could unload Marleau in a three way trade with Pittsburgh and Columbus that can bring us Nash and have money leftover to pay him for the long term. Marleau to Pittsburgh, Nash to San Jose, with Pittsburgh sending it’s package of players plus we throw in Nick Petricki to Columbus.

  8. buddyshelf - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Kevin Kurz is a deuce bag, but Doug Wilson is the reason the Sharks are so good.

  9. letsgosjsharks - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I would love to see Nash in a Sharks sweater! But lets get real Pavelski has been a great player for us in the past couple of years so let him develop!

  10. letsgosjsharks - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Lets remember last time we traded for a big player… We dealt Dany Heatley and who did we get? A hurt Martin Havlat…

  11. fiveforboarding - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Check out my new hockey blog article on the potential Rick Nash trade and what it means for various NHL teams… Feel free to comment!

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