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Reimer traded to Sharks by Maple Leafs

San Jose adds goaltending depth in latest deal with Toronto

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LHN.com Managing Editor

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said he feels he has done enough to give his team a chance to win the Stanley Cup, and he has the Toronto Maple Leafs to thank for it.

The Sharks and Maple Leafs completed their second trade in five days Saturday, with goaltender James Reimer and forward Jeremy Morin going to San Jose for goaltender Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith, and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Sharks on Monday acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Maple Leafs for a second-round pick in 2017 and in 2018, and forward Raffi Torres. Wilson confirmed the fourth-round pick in 2018 will become a third-round pick if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Final this season.

Wilson said he felt depth in goaltending and penalty killing were two areas he wanted to address to help the Sharks down the stretch and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he said he feels he's done that with these trades.

"We like where our team is at and we look forward to the stretch run," Wilson said. "I think the players and coaches certainly have earned with their efforts and their performance to add some of these pieces that we think make us a better team."

The Sharks are 32-22-6 and hold a playoff spot in the Western Conference, sitting third in the Pacific Division, 10 points ahead of the fourth-place Vancouver Canucks and four points behind the second-place Anaheim Ducks prior to games Saturday.

Video: PHI@TOR: Reimer stops Laughton's scoring chance

Wilson said acquiring goaltender Martin Jones, defenseman Paul Martin and forward Joel Ward in the offseason put the Sharks in a position to make these moves this week.

Though the Sharks have consistently been one of the top regular-season teams in the Western Conference for a decade, they have never won the Stanley Cup. Wilson hopes he's put them in a position to do so, and suggested he might not need to do any more tinkering before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET Monday.

"We've got a team that we think can compete this year and we wanted to add the players that can allow us to do that," Wilson said. "You never say never [to making another trade], we've had a lot of conversations. But I think we've accomplished a lot not only just in the last week or so but in the last 12 months."

Reimer, 27, is the latest veteran to leave Toronto in a trade, following defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf, Polak, Spaling, and forward Shawn Matthias.

Reimer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, which made him a prime candidate to be traded by Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello as they continue a rebuild.

Reimer will form a tandem with Jones, who is 29-17-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. In 32 games this season, Reimer is 11-12-7 with a 2.49 GAA and .918 save percentage (18th best in the NHL).

Video: TOR@CHI: Reimer robs Panarin with the pad

"I had a lot of good years here, my whole NHL career has been in Toronto, so it's definitely a weird feeling to be going somewhere else," Reimer said in Montreal, where the Maple Leafs were to play the Canadiens on Saturday. "But the changes that were being made in Toronto, obviously they're building really good things to be successful in the future. Getting this opportunity to come to a team like San Jose that is poised to do some damage, it's exciting. It's an opportunity where you have to try to make the most of it."

Wilson said he doesn't expect Reimer to join the Sharks until the middle of next week while he gets paperwork settled to work in the United States. The Sharks called up goaltender Aaron Dell from San Jose of the American Hockey League, where he is 11-10-5 with a 2.39 GAA and .923 save percentage.

The Sharks play at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and host the Canadiens on Monday before returning to play at Vancouver on Thursday.

The hope is Reimer would be available Thursday. At that point, Wilson will be able to see all the pieces he's put together since last summer on the ice at once.

"We identified a little while ago things that we'd like to add coming into this deadline," Wilson said. "I think we've accomplished most of them so far."

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