Doug Wilson acquired Ville Nieminen on Wednesday in exchange for a 2006 third-round pick. The Sharks top hockey executive made another move Thursday just prior to the trade deadline when he moved Niko Dimitrakos to Philadelphia for a 2006 third-round pick.
Dimitrakos played nice for the Sharks in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn’t working during this campaign.
“Maybe the change will be good for Niko,” said Wilson. “We wish him the best. Maybe this will spark him to the next step in his play.”
Nieminen may have been acquired the day prior to the deadline, but there is no question he will benefit the Sharks starting tonight with Edmonton.
“He gives you the juice and energy,” said Wilson. “I think he will help us in a unique way. We need to perform with a swagger and maybe he can help flip the switch. There is a reason he has gone deep in the playoffs.”
If he was looking to just make a deal, there could have been more available to Wilson, but he wasn’t about to make a trade that didn’t provide short and long term benefits.
“I believe in this team,” said Wilson. “We’re at our most important stretch of the season and there is no time to deal for someone who is banged up and wait for them to get healthy.”
Nolan Schaefer is expected to be in San Jose for Thursday night’s contest to back up Vesa Toskala. Nabokov will be rested as precautionary measure after taking a hard shot to his upper body during the final play of the game at Anaheim.
Scott Parker has been activated and could see action against Edmonton Thursday evening.
TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED PRIOR TO NHL TRADING DEADLINE
NHL clubs made a record 25 trades, involving 40 players, between 9 a.m., ET, today and the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades eclipses the previous trading deadline high of 24, set in 2003, while the number of players involved ranks second all-time to the 46 in 2003. Following is a list of the transactions:
Anaheim traded D Keith Carney and D Juha Alen to Vancouver for the NY Islanders' 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft (previously acquired) and D Brett Skinner.
Anaheim traded D Sandis Ozolinsh to NY Rangers for San Jose's 3rd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
Boston traded LW Sergei Samsonov to Edmonton for C Marty Reasoner, C Yan Stastny and Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Buffalo traded G Mika Noronen to Vancouver for Vancouver's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Calgary traded C Jason Wiemer to New Jersey for the later of New Jersey's 4th-round pick or Vancouver's 4th-round pick (previously acquired) in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Chicago traded C Tyler Arnason to Ottawa for RW Brandon Bochenski and Ottawa's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Chicago traded C Jim Dowd to Colorado for Colorado's 4th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Chicago traded D Todd Simpson to Montreal for Montreal's 6th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Detroit traded D Jamie Rivers to Phoenix for Phoenix's 7th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Florida traded C Petr Taticek to Pittsburgh for D Ric Jackman.
Los Angeles traded C Yanick Lehoux to Phoenix for RW Tim Jackman.
Minnesota traded D Willie Mitchell and its 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft to Dallas for D Martin Skoula and D Shawn Belle.
New Jersey traded D Sean Brown to Vancouver for Vancouver's 4th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
NY Islanders traded D Brad Lukowich to New Jersey for New Jersey's 3rd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
NY Islanders traded LW Oleg Kvasha and a conditional 5th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to Phoenix for Phoenix's 3rd-round pick in 2006 and a conditional 5th-round pick in 2007.
Phoenix traded D Denis Gauthier to Philadelphia for LW Josh Gratton, Florida's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft (previously acquired) and Tampa Bay's 2nd-round pick in 2006 (previously acquired).
Phoenix traded D Sean O'Donnell to Anaheim for C Joel Perreault.
Phoenix traded C Jamie Lundmark to Calgary for Calgary's 4th-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Pittsburgh traded RW Mark Recchi to Carolina for LW Niklas Nordgren, C Krystofer Kolanos and Carolina's 2nd-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.
Pittsburgh traded D Cory Cross to Detroit for Detroit's 4th-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.
St. Louis traded D Eric Weinrich to Vancouver for D Tomas Mojzis and the higher of Vancouver's 3rd-round pick or Anaheim's 3rd-round round pick (previously acquired) in the 2006 Entry Draft.
San Jose traded RW Niko Dimitrakos to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's 3rd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Vancouver traded D Steve McCarthy to Atlanta for a conditional pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.
Washington traded F Jeff Friesen to Anaheim for Anaheim's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Washington traded D Brendan Witt to Nashville for C Kris Beech and Nashville's 1st-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
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There also were three waiver transactions:
Pittsburgh claimed C Andy Hilbert from Chicago.
Ottawa claimed G Mike Morrison from Edmonton.
Washington claimed C Rico Fata from Atlanta.
Deadline Deals Through the Years
Season Date Trades Players
1979-80 March 11, 1980 3 5
1980-81 March 10, 1981 12 22
1981-82 March 9, 1982 5 11
1982-83 March 8, 1983 1 1
1983-84 March 6, 1984 2 2
1984-85 March 12, 1985 4 7
1985-86 March 11, 1986 8 14
1986-87 March 10, 1987 5 9
1987-88 March 8, 1988 8 12
1988-89 March 7, 1989 9 21
1989-90 March 6, 1990 10 16
1990-91 March 5, 1991 14 33
1991-92 March 10, 1992 11 22
1992-93 March 22, 1993 9 14
1993-94 March 21, 1994 18 35
1994-95 April 7, 1995 19 32
1995-96 March 20, 1996 13 21
1996-97 March 18, 1997 18 35
1997-98 March 24, 1998 19 38
1998-99 March 23, 1999 21 30
1999-00 March 14, 2000 12 23
2000-01 March 13, 2001 17 31
2001-02 March 19, 2002 17 35
2002-03 March 11, 2003 24 46
2003-04 March 9, 2004 20 32
2005-06 March 9, 2006 25 40