Could Travis Moen be returning to the San Jose Sharks?
According to a report in the Toronto Sun, the Sharks are among the frontrunners for the 29-year-old veteran left wing, who has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points with the Montreal Canadiens.
Moen played 19 games for the Sharks in 2008-09, collecting three goals and two assists, when he was acquired from Anaheim along with Kent Huskins in exchange for Nick Bonino, Timo Pielmeier and a fourth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on March 4. He was scoreless in six playoff games before leaving as a free agent that summer to sign with Montreal.
According to the report:
Moen was having a career season offensively before he was injured with nine goals and seven assists but its his work ethic which has attracted attention from other teams. He plays at both ends of the ice and is a key element in one of the best penalty-killing units in the NHL. He was part of Anaheims Stanley Cup win in 2007. That year, he had seven goals in 21 playoff games, including the game-winner in the deciding game of the Cup final.
Moen is currently on injured reserve with an upper body injury suffered on Jan. 21, and although he has resumed skating, is out for at least another week.
The move could make sense for the Sharks, as Marty Havlat is not yet skating due to a partially torn hamstring and is likely out for another month. Furthermore, the penalty kill unit, despite recent improvement, is still 26th in the league (78.6 percent).
Montreal is one of few NHL teams already out of the playoff race, tied with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference with 49 points.