Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sharks Ship Wingels to Ottawa

The San Jose Sharks dealt forward Tommy Wingels for Buddy Robinson, Zack Stortini and a 2017 seventh-round draft pick. The Sharks free up some roster space and some cap space by moving Wingels, who was set to become a free agent at the end of the season and who had a cap hit of $2.475 million according to Cap Friendly.

Robinson, a 6'6" 230-lb forward, has seven NHL games under his belt, with two points. Stortini, 31, has 257 NHL games under his belt but has not played a game in the NHL since the 2011-2012 season.

The Senators said that the Sharks are retaining 30 percent of Wingels salary, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

It's the second move the Sharks have made to get younger this month. The waived Matt Nieto in early January and he was picked up by the Avalanche.

The Sharks are high on rookies Kevin Labanc (21) and Timo Meier (20), and they are also giving Ryan Carpenter a look at center. The Sharks are expecting Tomas Hertl to return at pivot, either this Thursday against the Oilers, or immediately after the all-star break.

Hertl was a 21-goal scorer last season, but went out of the lineup with a knee injury on November 7th. He had surgery on the right knee in late November.

The Sharks defeated the Jets 4-3 on Tuesday at SAP Center. They leapfrogged Anaheim to lead the Pacific Division by one point.