Monday, February 22, 2016

Sharks Get Polak and Spaling for Torres and Two Picks

In an attempt to get tougher on the blue line and deeper up front the San Jose Sharks sent embattled forward Rafi Torres and their second-round draft pick in the next two years to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling.

"We're in a position to compete going forward and we felt this group deserved every chance to be successful," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Monday, "and we plan to give them that opportunity."

Polak should be a good fit for a San Jose blue line that is prepping for possible playoff meetings with either the Kings or Ducks. Both teams play strong, heavy hockey and Polak--listed at 6' and 237 pounds--should help the Sharks deal more effectively with those challenges.

"The physicality we're playing against, being familiar with playing in the West, the importance of penalty killing in the playoffs and down the stretch run is obviously a big indicator," Wilson added, according to Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News.

Polak has 13 points and 56 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. Spaling, who is also good on the penalty kill and faceoffs, has seven points in 35 games for the Leafs.