Hate to burst the bubble but they will likely just send Irwin down. I really doubt they will push a trade now when defensive depth is something they can keep. Besides, Irwin eventually has to be sent down when they get healthy because him sitting in the press box isn't going to help him any. At least with Petrecki, they don't have an option unless they risk waivers.
... i dunno if the sharks are going to have to completely rebuild. They've already seemed to be on the path to turning over their D corps to younger guys. I feel like they're really gonna work on getting some solid forward prospects while thornton and marleau are playing out their careers over the next 5? years. whether that's by just actually keeping their draft picks or trades... who knows.
Agree totally. non Sharks fans believe a rebuild is coming but, as you note, the D alone has quietly been re-built already. With depth on the D, we are looking at presently 5 on the roster alone under 27. While Couture will head the forwards alongside Pavelski going forward for some time still. Lets also remember, Thornton and Marleau are only 33 and Havlat 31, not 37, 38. Take out Handzus and Boyle (not that we want to take out Boyle) and their avg. age drops quite a bit. As it is now, they only rank mid pack of all teams in avg age.