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Trade: Sharks acquire Rau from Wild

Feb 5, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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In a minor move, the San Jose Sharks have acquired forward Chad Rau from the Minnesota Wild, in exchange for prospect Curt Gogol.

Rau, 27, has spent all of this season with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Iowa and has appeared in nine games for the Wild, scoring twice. The Minnesota native hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-12 campaign, and will report to San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester.

Gogol, 22, is an undrafted free agent that’s spent all of this season with AHL Worcester. He’s yet to make his NHL debut.

As you were…

  1. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Riveting.

  2. tlow97 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Scored twice on Hockey Day in MN in 2012. His brother Kyle could be a pretty good pro.

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    THIS IS AMAZING!! Is what I would say if they finally traded Havlat.

    • skr213 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      That would be amazing. There are some dumb GMs out there, but I don’t think there are any that are that dumb.

    • jbigelz - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Nobody is going to take Havlat and his huge contract given his injury history so buckle down, relax, and enjoy the reality here: Martin Havlat on your 3rd or 4th line! That’s not a bad gig by any means! Just be happy we got rid of Heatley! Sharks will be in full health (minus Hertl unfortunately) come playoffs and with a forward line(s) of something like: Burns, Thornton, Couture; Wingles, Pavelski, Marleau; Torres, Nieto, Havlat/Burish; Kearns, Desjardins, Havlat/Burish… not too shabby at all. And just think if they do miraculously get Hertl back!

      • skr213 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        I obviously agree that no one is going to take him at his current level and current contract, but I think we should not keep him around. He is lousy defensively and his spot could be filled by a hungrier young gun who could contribute more to the team in the long run (and would benefit from the experience now). Doug Wilson should either (1) do a trade where we take on some of the salary (at least we get rid of some of the salary and get something in return), or (2) bite the bullet and use a compliance buyout. He’s got one more year on a $6mil contract. Cut bait now.

  4. btlpper68 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    When I saw “sharks trade” I was like please move havlat but welcome to the team I guess

  5. guitarhunterdude - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    So much for Fletch not trading futures. Gah! Blow it up! We’ve mortgaged the future for the present!

    /sarcasm

  6. kgod30 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    The Wild traded for an enforcer…? Gogol’s stats … only category that stands out is PIM.

  7. valoisvipers - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I sure the Wild tried to toss in Heatly for free.

  8. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I think Havlat is thumbing us down. Because I am pretty sure no Sharks fan wishes he was on the team.

    • jbigelz - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Everyone hates on Havlat so much and true, the guy is highly overpaid and holdin SJ down in terms of his contract but really, having Martin Havlat on your 3rd or 4th line is NOT a bad gig by any means. Nobody is going to take Havlat and his huge contract given his injury history especially for a solid and worthwhile return so as a fellow Sharks fan, I advise you to sit back, be happy, and get over it. It could be a helluva lot worse e.g., Danny Heatley or Ilya Kovalchek.

      • spiciercheez - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Hey man I’ll take Heater’s 23 points over Marty’s 8 any day of the week.

      • cmmorgan32 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I have to disagree. Havlat is just as bad (if not slightly worse) than Heatley. The fact of the matter is that they’re both overpaid & their contracts are crappy enough that it makes both players difficult to move. The thing that makes Heatley better than Havlat is that 1) Minnesota has gotten more out of Heatley than SJ has out of Havlat and 2) Heatley’s contract comes off the books after this season while Havlat still has another year on his.

  9. pfhockey - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    He looks like jeff skinner.

  10. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Yeah, could be worse. I mean, having him tied down to a ridiculous contract for being the man of glass is not so bad. Especially with Doug Wilson knowing how injury prone he was. The only problem I suppose would be that the Sharks could have used the money they pay him to sit and watch games on a top 6 forward. Instead they have a rental 3rd or 4th line player. Who plays about 25 games a season for them.

    But no, you are right…it could be WAY worse…

    • cmmorgan32 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Obviously, this is a case of hindsight being 20/20. In Wilson’s defense, he didn’t negotiate Havlat’s current deal, he saved SJ money by trading Heatley for Havlat, and Havlat’s health & production wasn’t a concern at the time of the trade. Plus, SJ does have the option to use a compliance buyout on him (assuming he’s healthy once that window opens again).

  11. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Heatley, two years with the Sharks had 146 points. Havlat, three years with the Sharks has 53 points.
    Would have rather kept Heatley.

  12. sjsharks66 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Yeah, assuming he is healthy. We will have to see how that turns out. I mean, i really would like to love Havlat. At this point though, he is just hurting the team. Hope he can stay healthy and has a good end to his contract. If they traded him tomorrow, wouldn’t be able to say I would miss him.

  13. mp1131211 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    If I were Fletcher, I would be seeing what I could get for Koivu right now. The Wild have been stellar without their C and I’m kind of thinking some other clubs might be interested in getting someone like him.

    Wild has taken on this gritty hard nosed edge in the last month that has gotten them some big wins. Koivu doesn’t fit that style, especially not to captain a team playing that style.

    If I was Chuck, I’d be giving Koivu about 3 games when he returns to see how it develops. If not, trade.

    BTW- who the hell is Rau?

    • clarke16 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:44 AM

      Yup. Koivu is a poor value at what he is paid anyway. I’d see what could be gotten for him for sure…

      • fightingwild - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        & how do your propose how to get past his No trade contract? Speculate all you want but if Koivu doesn’t want to move he isn’t going anywhere.

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