Moments before the San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning hit the ice Thursday night, their respective GM’s agreed to a trade.
San Jose gets journeyman center Dominic Moore and a seventh round draft choice in 2012 and in exchange the Lightning will receiver a second round choice from San Jose that was originally acquired from the Minnesota Wild as part of the Brent Burns deal.
So if we flip back the calendar a bit, that Burns deal now looks like this:
To Minnesota: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips
To San Jose: Brent Burns, Dominic Moore.
Certainly Coyle and Phillips are prospects that have yet to reach the NHL, but for a team like San Jose in a win now mode and with Setoguchi struggling mightily in Minnesota, you have got to like the way this deal has shaped up for the Sharks.
Now, I’ll admit, being a West Coast columnist, I have limited first hand knowledge of Moore’s game. However, those who do are saying that the 6’0″ 188 pound left handed center is tremendous without the puck and has good speed.
So for Sharks fans who aren’t familiar with him either, perhaps maybe you could compare him to a guy like Curtis Brown with Mark Smith type speed…
That’s the type of player that comes to mind after listening to those in the know of Moore’s style of play.
As to where he will fit in, that is anybody’s guess. Jamie McGinn and Michal Handzus have some chemistry going on, so seems odd to split them up.
Perhaps until Martin Havlat comes back, the look that would make the most sense would be the following lines:
All that will be subject to change of course as Sharks head coach Todd McLellan tinkers with the ever changing combinations. Moore is expected to play for the Sharks Friday in Carolina against the Hurricanes.