Coyotes claim McGinn (Sharks), Cunningham (Bruins) off waivers

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The Arizona Coyotes set about filling some roster holes today, picking up San Jose forward Tye McGinn and Boston forward Craig Cunningham off waivers, per ESPN.

McGinn, 24, appeared in 33 games for the Sharks this year, scoring one goal and five points while averaging 10:20 TOI per night. The former Flyer, who was traded to San Jose last summer, had been out of the Sharks lineup quite a bit recently, but did draw back in for Saturday’s loss to Ottawa.

Cunningham, also 24, appeared in 32 games for the Bruins this year, scoring two goals and three points while averaging 10:07 TOI. Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, he’s spent the majority of his professional career in the American League, where he’s been a decent goalscorer with Providence (he has 15 points in 21 games this season).

It’s likely that both will get immediate looks in Arizona. The team has shipped out three veterans already — trading Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle and Zbynek Michalek — and it’s possible GM Don Maloney could make more moves prior to today’s 3 p.m. deadline.

GM Wilson thinks Sharks unlikely to make big deadline day splash

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The San Jose Sharks dealt forward James Sheppard to the New York Rangers on Sunday in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Sharks GM Doug Wilson might pull the trigger on additional deals before the 3:00 p.m. trade deadline today, but he doesn’t think a blockbuster trade is likely.

“We certainly will be in a position with some assets that might be needed to explore that type of deal, and we’ll have ample cap space to be able to do that,” Wilson told CSN Bay Area.

“If that shows up sooner, that’s great. But, the people I’ve talked to have indicated the ones that we’re interested in are probably more in the summer, potentially around the draft or going forward, and not in the next couple of days.”

Last summer there was a lot of speculation about the possibility of a major deal involving Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton. With the team looking towards the future, the rumors are likely to persist after the 2014-15 campaign, but in the short-term neither appears likely to move. As of Sunday, San Jose hasn’t approached either player about waiving their no-trade clause, per the San Jose Mercury News.

It’s believed that Thornton isn’t interested in being traded anyways, but Marleau might be more open to the idea.

“If I’m not wanted, then that’s a different matter,” Marleau said when asked if his interest in staying has changed since the summer.

That’s worth keeping in mind after the Stanley Cup Final, but is it something that will be a factor today? Probably not, but then again, you never know.

Trade: Rangers acquire Sheppard from San Jose

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The New York Rangers have acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks retained $100,000 in salary in the trade.

The 26-year-old is on a one-year, $1.3 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Sheppard had five goals and 16 points in 57 games with the Sharks this season.

Its been a busy day for the Rangers who acquired Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday afternoon.

New York also dealt Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets.

Additionally, Rangers are reportedly nearing a multi-year extension for Mats Zuccarello.

Leafs claim Erixon, Ducks waive Bourque

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With the 2015 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that NHL teams are using waivers to open up space (and occasionally grab low-risk players). Let’s take a quick look at recent announcements in that regard.

Claimed: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon (pictured) off of waivers. The Calgary Flames grabbed Dave Schlemko.

A little more on Erixon:

Here’s some added perspective on why the Flames made their move:

Cleared: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti and Brandon McMillan of the Vancouver Canucks all cleared waivers.

Waived: Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque headlines the latest batch of players who’ve been waived. Also on the list: Craig Cunningham (Boston Bruins), Keith Aulie (Edmonton Oilers), Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche) and Tye McGinn (San Jose Sharks).

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lays out a few roster details after the trade deadline:

Sharks slip late in potential microcosm of season

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The San Jose Sharks had a narrow edge with just a third left to play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Then San Jose fell apart in the final stretch to lose 4-2.

That’s unfortunately become a great metaphor for their season. With roughly 61% of the campaign in the books, the San Jose Sharks had a 27-17-6 record and were on track to narrowly make the playoffs. Similarly, Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks hope of at least squeaking by with a win tonight after his power-play goal in the second period allowed them to enter the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

The Ottawa Senators came charging back in the third though with three unanswered goals. Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman was the hero tonight with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner.

While the 2014-15 campaign hasn’t reached its conclusion, if San Jose continues down this path it will be remembered as a team that squandered its postseason aspirations in the final third of the season. As it is, the Sharks finished February with a 3-8-2 record. Given that the second Wild Card seed Minnesota Wild won tonight, the Sharks are now five points shy in that race. However, they’re still only two points behind the Los Angeles Kings and the third seed in the Pacific Division.

There’s enough time left for San Jose to dig itself out of this hole, but the team is running out of chances.