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.