What are the chances of Hainsey (UFA) being available at the trade deadline? No offense, but if you guys don't make the playoffs I'd like to see the Sharks make a bid for him. We got Rivet last year for Josh Gorges and a 1st. What would it take to get an unsigned Hainsey at the end of February?
Odds are less then what Rumble is saying for him to re-sign. We don't even know if he wants to come back. He might want to take a look at the FA market. Howson hasn't mentioned wanting to talk to him about re-signing before the season is out.
But I think there's almost 0% chance he's available at the deadline unless we implode.
Foote and Rob Blake are possible rentals, but I get the feeling that Wilson would rather go after someone he has a chance of signing long term. Someone who really wants to play in San Jose. Call it the Guerin Effect: giving up something for nothing. That's why Hainsey seems like a better fit to me.