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The key to the Sharks offense was… Jamie McGinn?

Mar 14, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

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When the Sharks and Avalanche did their deadline deal sending Jamie McGinn to Colorado in exchange for T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik it looked like the sort of deal that showed the Sharks were loading up while the Avalanche were thinning the roster.

What the Sharks didn’t expect to happen was seeing Galiardi and Winnik fail to score goals while McGinn became a breakout scorer in Denver with seven points in seven games. Making things more awkward for San Jose is that their offense has dried up completely since the trade.

Kevin Kurz of checks in on how poorly things have gone for the Sharks since then and how McGinn was apparently the glue that held it all together.

[McGinn’s] presence and steady game also allowed McLellan to keep his top two scoring lines generally intact, give or take some tinkering here and there. Everything was in place.

But in the last eight games, the numbers speak for themselves. Ryane Clowe has a single goal; Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau have a goal and an assist; and Tommy Wingels, who was playing on the second line before he was hurt in Edmonton, has one assist in seven games.

That’s a remarkable drought for a lot of talented players. Logan Couture has been the one guy who hasn’t slumped since then but one man can’t make an entire team. Considering that both the Avs and Sharks are in the hunt for the final two spots in the West, this might not be the last time we end up referencing this trade.

  1. shutyourfivehole - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Plus, McGinn was one of the few on the Sharks that was willing to hit anybody. What a bunch of pansies.

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I wonder if this is the season that finally gets Doug Wilson canned.

  3. 05flynt - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I laugh at fans who want to fire DW, name one gm out there that is available, that could do a better job. Is every move that he makes a win or the sharks? No, but you won’t find any gm win every deal. Fact is he has always tried to get the team exactly what it needs and wins most the deals he does pull off.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      I’m not a Sharks fan, actually. I just think Wilson has squandered the organization’s depth in the last few years and even though they have a Conference Finals appearance to show for it, look where they are now.

      As for the lack of better options, I’ll just say that as a Canucks fan I was worried about the same thing when Dave Nonis got fired; I barely knew who Mike Gillis was, let alone what he was capable of doing for that team.

      • lolnowhy - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:33 AM

        what exactly has Gillis done except sign Reboundo “12 goals allowed in 2 games” Luongo to that god awful contract? Kesler and the Sedins(the core of your team) were both drafted by Burke. the only thing Gillis has done has put mediocre pieces around that core and whine about officiating.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Uhh wow, well he’s cut a bunch of dead weight from the organization, extended the core almost entirely on fantastic contracts (whatever your feeling are about Luongo he is at worst a top 10 goalie and his cap hit reflects that), won huge in several trades and corrected most of his own mistakes in a timely fashion.

        He has identified his team’s needs and promptly addressed them, a huge change from the prior GMs who couldn’t address a fatal flaw in their team (Burke – goaltending, Nonis – forward depth) for several years running.

        He is also the reigning NHL Executive of the Year (as voted on by NHL General Managers) so you know, there’s that.

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