Will dwindling goalie pool help Sharks land Nash?

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The Washington Capitals’ trade of Tomas Vokoun, and his subsequent two-year contract in Pittsburgh, takes a talented veteran goalie off of the market. Boston’s Tim Thomas has decided to take a year off to spend more time with his family. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets’ Curtis Sanford has agreed to play in Russia next season in the KHL.

In a roundabout way, those moves may improve the Sharks’ chances of landing Columbus captain Rick Nash, something they reportedly did around last February’s trade deadline.

The Blue Jackets have already made it known that they are looking for a different look in goal next season from starter Steve Mason, who was dreadful, as Columbus posted the worst record in the NHL. Our friends at ProHockeyTalk.com point out that the Blue Jackets have just two goaltenders signed for next season – Mason, and the 22-year-old Allen York, who has just 11 games of NHL experience.

If they do in fact decide to move Nash, as is expected, you can assume that the Blue Jackets would want a netminder in return as part of the deal. The Sharks’ prospect pool is thin, but goaltending is still one area that is considered a position of strength within the organization.

The Sharks have starter Antti Niemi locked up for another three years at a cap hit of $3.8 million according to CapGeek.com, while backup Thomas Greiss is signed through next season at $587,500. Prospect Alex Stalock, who looks to be completely recovered from a serious nerve injury more than a year ago, is a restricted free agent, as is AHL All-Star Tyson Sexsmith. Harri Sateri, another minor leaguer, has one year remaining on his deal.

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4 Responses to Will dwindling goalie pool help Sharks land Nash?

  1. mojo19 says:

    The Sharks need a big boost, and their core is aging. The window to win is closing fast. A bold move for Rick Nash could be their final shot at a cup.

    What about this:

    To Columbus:
    Martin Havlatt
    Thomas Greiss
    TJ Galiardi
    2012 1st
    2013 1st

    To San Jose:
    Rick Nash

    The Sharks move some salary in Havlatt, but the guy can still play and he would bring back something tangible for the Jacket’s to use right away. Galiardi is a decent 24 year old winger, he’s a 3rd liner for sure, but a big guy and I think his best hockey is coming up in the next couple years. And Greiss has been pretty good in the little bit of time he has played in the NHL. None of the pieces are amazing, but 2 firsts gives them something to help stock the cupboards.

    For the Sharks, ya, they might as well give up 2 firsts and a younger goalie in a deal for Nash, because, once again the window to win will close soon. Thornton is now 33, Marleau is as well, Boyle is 36, these core guys will probably not be enough to carry the team 3 years from now, but with Nash they will have a good shot for the next couple years.

  2. Brode says:

    To Columbus:
    Havlat
    Niemi
    2012 1st round pick
    Galiardi

    To San Jose:
    Nash
    Mason
    Boll

    • SabresFan220 says:

      Including Mason and Boll in this deal makes it highway robbery for the Sharks. Boll is a great 3rd or 4th line guy, and Mason could easily split time with Neimi and be great. The Sharks would have to give up another top prospect if both those guys were coming with Nash I think.

    • Steven_Leafs says:

      to be honest I don’t see Columbus wanting Havlat at all. Maybe if any 2 of Pavelski, Clowe, Couture, & Niemi are traded along with a top prospect and the 2012 1st round pick then I can see Columbus taking it.

      Something like:

      Pavelski / Couture / Clowe
      Niemi
      Galiardi
      17th overall pick
      2013 2nd round pick

      for:

      Nash
      Boll
      late round pick

      I don’t see Columbus trading Mason at all to be honest, his value is nothing at best and they gain nothing at all by trading him… let him try to work his way back to NHL caliber.

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