Before this weekend’s Sharks home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks, SJSHARKS.com was able to catch up with ex-Ducks left wing Travis Moen.
Since joining the Sharks on the trade deadline, the 27-year-old has been quite busy. After making his debut on March 7, Moen scored a short handed goal and added an assist in the Sharks 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on March 10 and moved his wife and six-week-old baby up to the Bay Area. Finally, Moen became only the third NHL player to score the game-winning goal against a team they played for earlier in the season when the Sharks beat Anaheim, 1-0, on March 15.
And Sharks fans have embraced him as one of their own.
So when Moen was announced as the next player for “Ask the Sharks” the same week as the Sharks and Ducks were facing off in back-to-back games, most of the E-mails had questions about Moen’s unique perspective of being on both sides of this Pacific Division rivalry.
Here’s how Moen feels about the intrastate rivalry, scoring against his former squad and making a cameo on a Canadian sitcom.
1. What was your reaction when you found out you were being traded to San Jose? – Saad Khan
|Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, right, of Finland reacts as San Jose Sharks' Travis Moen, left, celebrates his short-handed goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) |
I was initially shocked. You never expect to be traded. Then once I heard it was the Sharks -- they’re such a good team and organization -- I was really excited. 2. Of your new teammates, who has made the biggest impact on you since you first became a Shark? – Michael Sheehan
That’s tough to say. All the guys on the team are really great. J.R. (Jeremy Roenick) definitely makes a pretty strong impact when you first meet him, so probably him. 3. As a Duck, when you played the Sharks, who on the Sharks had the hardest check? – Mike Renta
The hardest hitter is probably Dougie Murray. 4. How does this year's version of the Sharks compare to your Stanley Cup-winning team in Anaheim? –Marius
Obviously, both teams are a little different. This year, the Sharks definitely have two top lines that can score and all four lines are solid lines that are good defensively. In addition, we have great goaltending and solid blue liners, too. 5. What did it mean to you scoring a goal against your former team? – Laura Filippi
It was pretty cool. It was only a week after I got traded to San Jose, so to score the game winner against my old team was pretty cool.
6. What I would like to know is how difficult is it on you personally to be traded and have to relocate yourself and your family? – Georgie Rodriguez
| San Jose Sharks' Travis Moen, right, playing in his first game with the team, challenges Vancouver Canucks' Mats Sundin, of Sweden, for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, March 7, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) |
For me to get traded, the first couple weeks with just me moved out was the easy part. But when it comes to moving your family and getting them up here, that’s when it becomes tougher, especially with a newborn baby. Thank God it was only a six-hour move instead of getting traded to the East Coast and having to fly from coast-to-coast. Getting traded is definitely not the easiest thing. 7. How does it feel to be in the Stanley Cup Finals and win it? – Vince
It’s hard to even explain. It’s a great feeling. You work so hard to make it there and once you get there it’s exciting and everything you’ve dreamed of. You just want to make the best of it. You definitely don’t want to lose that opportunity.
When I had my day with the Cup, I took it back home to Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan. First, I took pictures of it with my family and took it to my old elementary school and set up an area for people to come and take pictures with the Cup. We did about four hours and it was open to the public. We charged money for it and then donated the money to the Stewart Valley community. After that, we had a barbeque in my backyard with my close family and then took it to a friend’s pub. 8. Did anyone pull a prank for April Fools’ Day? – Josh
Not that I know of. I didn’t hear of anyone pulling a prank. 9. What was it like doing a cameo on “Corner Gas“ (a sitcom that debuted on Canada’s CTV and can now be seen on WGN America)? – Marc McLain
It’s a little show that’s kind of about Saskatchewan with local Saskatchewan humor. It was really cool to be able to go back there and meet the cast because I used to watch the show. I didn’t have too many big scenes -- just a few small parts -- so it was a pretty cool experience.