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07-23-2012, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Sabretip View Post
On paper, one would expect common sense for Wilson to deem Couture and Pavelski as part of the younger core to build around as the 1-2 center tandem.

In reality, Wilson has at the same center position two aging, expensive stars with no-trade clauses that he's stuck with: Thornton and Marleau. No one in their right mind would deal a future star like Couture.

Maybe Wilson keeps Pavelski and the Sharks continue to use him (and/or Marleau) as a winger to make up for their shortage of natural wingers - but, if one takes him at his word, Wilson has said he is looking to add wingers with some size and recognizes that he has more depth at the one position - center - that most teams are looking for this summer.

On paper and in reality, there's a lot of logic in a Sabres-Sharks package with Pavelski and Stafford as the two principals IMO. Their cap hits, ages and career stats are very comparable - it's just a case where the Sabres need centers and the Sharks need wings.
I think you make a compelling argument for a trade. Because of living in the MT time zone I catch the Sharks quite a bit on Center Ice and also make a few trips a year to the Bay Area and catch some of the local sports drift. It was my impression that in this year's playoffs, Pavelski's heroics did not live up to past year's exploits. And given Wilson's statement, Pavleski might be available if a team has what the Sharks are looking for.

I.e.; as you pointed out....Wingers are a priority. And looking at their roster, they have some holes to fill on D. (Murray is long in the tooth and slower than molasses.)

So the Sabres have players at both positions that would interest the Sharks.

Just speculation, no inside knowledge here.

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