June 23, 2011
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After a few false rumors to get the blood going, the Sharks news of the day ended up being a new three-year deal for Devin Setoguchi estimated at 9 million.
NEWS: Sharks sign Setoguchi to three-year deal
On a day when the Philadelphia Flyers committed 48 million to Ilya Bryzgalov and traded Jeff Carter to Columbus and Mike Richards to Los Angeles, the Setoguchi news was fairly well obscured, but it was of a piece for general manager Doug Wilson.He retained his top-heavy forward list, hadnt changed his defense issues except for losing Niclas Wallin, and with Fridays draft beginning at 8:30 a.m. had spoken to all the other general managers in the last 48 hours. In short, the Setoguchi news may not have a very long shelf life at all.
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In fact, with the Flyers already in action, this could be one of the most hyperactive draft days in NHL history. Wilson said he thought the chatter surrounding the draft was as much or more than theres ever been that I can remember.That may mean that Setoguchi, or perhaps Joe Pavelski might still be packaged for a No. 1 or No. 2 defenseman, but the new deal makes that even less likely than it already was.In short, here, barring upset, is your likely top 18 when camp begins:Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton Devin Setoguchi
Ryane Clowe Logan Couture Dany Heatley
Torrey Mitchell Joe Pavelski (Kyle Wellwood)
Ben Eager Andrew Desjardins Jamie McGinn
Dan Boyle Douglas Murray
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Jason Demers
Justin Braun (Ian White)Wellwood and White are in parentheses because they are still iffy returners, but after going 1-8 in the past two Western Conference finals, San Jose might be in the market for a more fundamental change before training camp begins.
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Or they could be pretty much what they were a year ago, only driven not to waste the first three months of their season as they did in 2009-10. Friday will be interesting in this regard. Not necessarily definitive, mind you, but interesting to see just where Wilsons head and heart are pointing for the new year.