January 16, 2019 | 10:07pm ET
SHARKS COULD ADD TO ROSTER BY DEADLINE
Doug Wilson, GM
The San Jose Sharks are in a battle for top spot in the Pacific Division and if GM Doug Wilson can add a player or two ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline to better his team’s chances, he’s willing to explore those options.
In an interview with NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika, Wilson suggested the team could “add a piece that fits” for his club.
The Sharks currently sit one point behind the Calgary Flames for the top seed in the division, but the Flames have one game in hand going into Wednesday night’s action.
“Sometimes you add a piece that doesn’t fit, or you get a guy that has got to be accepting of his role,” Wilson told NHL.com. “You’ve got to balance your needs, the integration time and truly what your own group is doing, the dynamic and chemistry of our group, which is really a pretty special group.”
The Sharks currently have roughly $2.52 million in salary cap space and will have around $5.11 million in space once the deadline rolls around, according to CapFriendly.com. Wilson doesn’t have a significant amount of room to work with, but any major acquisition will likely result in a roster player being dealt.
“A big part of trade deadline is integrating players,” Wilson said. “We only have 19 games after the trade deadline. So historically we’ll identify what it is we might need, what ingredient we might need, and then factor in, ‘Can we get them, what’s the cost and what is the integration time?’ So, there is a process that we follow.
“We think we've got better hockey ahead of us. But we like our goaltending. We like our defense. I think we have four lines. We’re getting a lot of secondary scoring. We’re getting guys that are having good years.”