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Sharks trade Setoguchi, 28th pick to Wild

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Sharks trade Setoguchi, 28th pick to Wild

June 24, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKSVIDEO
Ryan O'Halloran
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson let the hockey world know Friday that making the Western Conference finals two consecutive years is not enough.

Scheduled to select 28th overall in the first round of the NHL Draft at Xcel Energy Center, Wilson pulled off the blockbuster deal of the night, acquiring defenseman Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild in a three-player, two-draft pick trade.

Coming to San Jose is Burns and a 2012 second-round pick and going to Minnesota is forward Devin Setoguchi (who signed a three-year, 9 million pact on Thursday), 2010 first-round pick Charlie Coyle and their first round pick in this draft.

Its a very important window for us with the ages of our guys, Wilson said. Weve had back-to-back years in the final four and were not satisfied. We feel this makes us a better team today.

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The Sharks entered the off-season knowing they needed an infusion of youth and talent along the blue line and they feel Burns fills the need hes young (25), big (6-foot-5, 219 pounds) and has offensive skill (46 points last year).

Burns will make 4 million in the final year of his contract.

When you dont win, you make changes; the Bruins won and will make changes thats the way the business is set up, coach Todd McLellan said. The past few years, we felt we were maybe not as strong on the blue line as we needed to be when all was said and done.

Said Wilson: I might be biased but defenseman is the most important position on the team.

When commissioner Gary Bettman announced the trade, Wild fans reacted with equal parts gasps, cheers and boos. Burns played all 453 games of his NHL career in Minnesota.

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Wilson said the trade didnt come out of nowhere, but the consummation of the deal came together very quickly today. He was engaged in talks with Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher throughout the day.

There arent many players that have his size and skating ability and skill set and when they do, and a team lets you know theyre available, you have to act quickly, Wilson said.

Burns transition to the Sharks should be made more seamless since hes been coached by McLellan and assistant coach Matt Shaw.

Weve had the opportunity to be around him as he developed and there are a number of really good qualities, McLellan said. One, he played for Jacques Lemaire and he does understand the defensive game. Theres a strong game there. Two, hes a very passionate player. He has an energy about him. And the third thing, for his size, is he moves around the ice well.

I dont think hes come near his potential. I say that at both ends of the rink. I think he can be better defensively and offensively. Its exciting to have him. I hope hes going to be excited about a fresh start.

The Wild hope Setoguchi sparks an offense that had the fewest shots on goal in the NHL last year. He has three straight 20-goal seasons and was traded a day after signing his deal. Wilson said he wasnt re-signed with the intention of immediately flipping him to Minnesota.

The signing of Devin was not based on this deal, it was based on how we feel about him as a player, Wilson said. Hes a very tough player to give up but you do have to give to get this type of player.

Said McLellan: Devin is a tremendous player and the Wild will be happy with him. He has a speed element and a shot and scoring potential and hes probably in the same range of Burns in his development there is uncapped potential that may come out in the future.

The draft wraps up Saturday and San Jose has five picks.

There are some players our guys have evaluated, Wilson said. We may pick up a couple more picks between now and then. We have to make sure we keep on replenishing our pipeline.

As expected, Edmonton chose center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall, making him the first native of British Columbia to go No. 1. He joins youngsters Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle as the core of the Oilers rebuilding effort.

Its a huge relief and it feels awesome to be picked by them, Nugent-Hopkins said. I can definitely learn a lot from the all the young guys. They have such a talented group of young guys, too. Its going to be great to join that group.

Colorado, hours after trading veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to Toronto, bypassed Swedish blue-liner Adam Larsson for another Swede Gabriel Landeskog, who could be in the Avalanche lineup as soon as this year.

Rounding out the top five were Jonathan Huberdeau to Florida, Adam Larsson to New Jersey and Ryan Strome to the Islanders.

The first reach was by the new Winnipeg Jets, who formally announced their newold nickname before making the pick. The choice was center Mark Scheifele, who was ranked No. 16 among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

Following a run of six defensemen in seven picks, the Rangers at No. 15 chose the first American winger J.T. Miller. He was also a reach (ranked No. 23).

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. 

Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard. 

Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New  York Knicks and Miami Heat. 

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability. 

The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization. 

On July 7, Irving requested a trade. 

The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks

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Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks

The Giants, with one of the oldest rosters in baseball, have turned to their farm system more often than in the past during this tumultuous season. As they look to get younger though, the youth movement has come more from the offensive side of the ball compared to on the mound. 

Already, the Giants have looked to offensive prospects such as Christian Arroyo (21 years old at time of his debut), Austin Slater (24), Ryder Jones (23), Miguel Gomez (24), and Orlando Calixte (25). 

On the hill, Kyle Crick (24) is the only real prospect who has been promoted and seen substantial time in San Francisco. The Giants also called up Dan Slania (25) for one inning. 

In Sacramento on Thursday night, Andrew Suarez (24) gave a glimpse into the potential bright big-league future he has on the rubber. The Giants’ second-round pick from 2015 set a season-high of nine strikeouts over seven innings pitched in the River Cats’ 2-1 win over the Round Rock Express for their third straight victory. Suarez also only allowed one earned run on four hits and walked two batters. At one point, he retired 14 straight batters.

“He came in and he was not intimidated at all by the (Pacific) Coast League,” River Cats announcer Johnny Doskow recently said about his first impressions of Suarez.

The Pacific Coast League can tear you down as a pitcher. Lazy fly balls turn into home runs and ERAs can be deceiving to how a pitcher is truly performing. Suarez’s stats have took a bit of hit since his mid-season promotion from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A with the River Cats, but he sits only behind Joan Gregorio, who is currently suspended due to PED use, as the team’s leader in ERA among starting pitchers. Over eight games, seven starts, Suarez is now 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA and has struck out 45 batters in 47.1 innings pitched for the River Cats. 

With his ninth and final strikeout of the night on Thursday, Suarez reached 100 strikeouts on the season between Richmond and Sacramento. He is only 24 strikeouts off his career-high in which he set last season in five more appearances. 

As the Giants continued to tumble in the standings, the front office will have to take a longer look at their prospects. Even if a slot doesn’t open via a trade, there’s no reason Suarez shouldn’t get at least a look in San Francisco as a September call-up. 

The lefty is ranked as the Giants’ No. 6 prospect by Baseball America and No. 11 by MLB Pipeline. Suarez sits behind only Tyler Beede, who is now expected to miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, as the top pitching prospect in the organization. 

Around The Horn 

— For everything you need to know about familiar faces in Triple-A, Alex Pavlovic has you covered

— Sandro Fabian, who is only 19 years old at Low-A with the Augusta GreenJackets, had a huge game Thursday night. The outfielder went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. 

— Panda Watch: Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 Thursday night. He is now batting .211 (4-for-19) between the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats.