New Sharks players Travis Moen and Kent Huskins made their way to San Jose on Thursday afternoon. While neither dressed for the Minnesota contest, they both met with their new teammates prior to the evening’s competition.
“It was a pretty crazy last day,” said Moen. “I got a call at 12:30 saying I was traded.”
Neither player can claim to know a great deal of individual Sharks players.
“I know Patty (Marleau) from back home and he called me about three hours after the trade and welcomed me to San Jose,” said Moen. “We run a golf tournament together (in the summer).” Moen also knows Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan from his Swift Current days.
“I played against Doug Murray in college while I was at Clarkson,” said Huskins. “I know Dan Boyle
and Lukas Kaspar from skating in Ottawa during the summer.”
The players will be competing against a club they both won a Stanley Cup with very soon, but if it is going to happen, they are happy to be doing it with a Cup contending Sharks club.
“They’re pretty strong all the way around,” said Huskins. “I’m just excited to be a part of it.”
Huskins was a bit more surprised at the move.
“I wasn’t expecting anything,” said Huskins. “I was caught off guard a little bit. I heard rumors, but I hadn’t heard my name. I was sitting at home with an injury.”
Huskins noted that he is working with the Sharks training staff for a recovery schedule.
“I just met with the trainers and we’re figuring out a timeline to start skating,” said Huskins. “We’ll take some X-rays (on the foot) and see how it’s healing. It’s been coming along nicely.”
Moen put it best upon entering HP Pavilion.
“It was funny coming in a different entrance,” said Moen. “I can say with Marleau and (Joe) Thornton, it will be a little easier play with them instead of against them.”
Moen will be adjusting to life without his young family as he had a son born just nine days ago.
“I’ll have to make some arrangements (to get them up here),” said Moen.