GM Wilson calls Moore 'important, versatile piece'


GM Wilson calls Moore 'important, versatile piece'

TAMPA The San Jose Sharks have acquired the versatile, depth forward they have been looking for.

The Sharks traded for the Lightnings Dominic Moore shortly before their matchup with Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Moore did not suit up for the game, but left the arena to pack for the remainder of San Joses lengthy road trip. The Sharks were playing in their third of a nine-game trip, and its expected that Moore will make his debut on Friday night in Carolina.

San Jose also picked up a seventh round pick in the 2012 NHL draft in exchange for the second round pick in 2012 they originally acquired from Minnesota as part of the trade for Brent Burns last summer.

NEWS: Sharks get Dominic Moore from Tampa Bay

General manager Doug Wilson spoke to the media after the first period of the Sharks-Lightning game at the Tampa Times Forum.

The ingredients he brings to our team are versatility, speed, faceoff ability, penalty killing. Were very familiar with the player.

The penalty killing aspect could be especially beneficial to the Sharks, as Moore averages an even two minutes a game shorthanded. Although the Sharks PK unit has been steadily improving, will 39 kills in 45 chances since Jan. 4 (86.6 percent), adding Moore could allow them the opportunity to let players like Joe Pavelski or Logan Couture rest up on the bench rather than expunge energy while trying to defend an opposing power play.

When that theory was run by Wilson, he said: Its time management, and its minute management. Youre exactly right. Weve seen him a lot, and certainly his speed and how he kills penalties is similar to what we do.

Wilson mentioned that Sharks assistant coach Matt Shaw and director of pro scouting John Ferguson are both familiar with Moore, who has had stints in Minnesota and Toronto during his eight-year NHL career. Moore has also played for the Rangers, Penguins, Sabres, Panthers and Canadiens.

In 56 games with the Lightning this season, Moore has four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and 48 penalty minutes with a -10 rating playing mainly as their third line center. Moore has also spent time on the wing, and has a 1.1 million salary cap hit this season. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Could the Sharks try and sign him past this season?

Well see. Its all based on performance, and hes only 31 years of age. So, thats the thing, a player can come and understand what were trying to accomplish and well see where it goes, Wilson said.

The Sharks general manager sited moves by Stanley Cup finalists Boston and Vancouver last season as motivation to make the deal. The Bruins added defenseman Tomas Kaberle around the deadline, while Vancouver picked up Maxim Lapierre.

Historically, that type of player, the guys that teams picked up last year, thats what it costs when youre trying to add an important, versatile piece like that, he said of surrendering the second round pick.

Moore will wear uniform number 18.

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles sent Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional pick to Tampa Bay for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the trade Sunday night, less than four days before the trade deadline.

Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent, helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings now have Bishop and 2012 and 2014 Cup winner Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a long-term lower-body injury that had sidelined him since October.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop, 30, is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

VANCOUVER – It was a successful first game coming out of the bye week for the Sharks, as they won going away against the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday, 4-1. Here are our three takeaways from the evening in British Columbia…

1 – Slow start, strong finish

The league-wide trend of starting slow coming out of the NHL’s newly instituted bye week was on display in the first period, as the Sharks and Canucks played one of the uglier frames of NHL hockey you’ll ever see. San Jose was on its heels early, surrendering the first six shots of the game and looking particularly confused. They didn’t register a single hit in the period, either, which is hard to do.

The Sharks were lucky that Vancouver wasn’t much better, and that Martin Jones – whose performance we focused on in primary the game recap – was looking sharp and well rested.

The message after the scoreless first period, according to coach Pete DeBoer, was just to “try and get better.” That’s what happened.

“We knew it would be a little messy, and it was,” DeBoer said. “Jonesy thankfully was our best player, and gave us a chance to get our legs under us. I thought as the game wore on we got better and better. It wasn’t a pretty win, by any means.”

Chris Tierney said: “After the first 10 minutes [we] started to feel good and then kind of felt back to normal in the second there. It definitely took a little bit. Joner bailed us out in the beginning a couple times. I thought we started to get going in the second and third.”

2 – Standing up for Karlsson

Melker Karlsson was lucky to return in the third period after he took a heavy hit from Joseph Labate. Karlsson had to be helped to the dressing room after the blow, when his head violently snapped back as Labate ran him into the boards in front of the bench.

Micheal Haley pounced on Labate immediately after the incident, earning a two-minute minor that the team was probably happy to kill off. Labate, to his credit, answered the bell in the third period when he was challenged by and fought Brenden Dillon. The Sharks will face the Canucks three more times this season, including on Thursday, so a response to the hit was particularly necessary even if it was clean.

“That sends a good message to the team that everybody has each other’s back,” Mikkel Boedker said of Haley and Dillon’s efforts. “Those guys are real standup guys, and they’ve done it so many times. Every time they do it, it means something special to all of us.”

DeBoer said: “That’s a huge part of our team and our team identity. We’ve got a group that you’re not going to be able to push to of games, and I think we’ve shown that over the last two years here. You don’t even have to say anything, that’s just automatic.”

3 – Avoiding the mumps

Some eyebrows were raised in the press box midway through the game when the Canucks tweeted that defenseman Luca Sbisa would not return with the stomach flu. That’s one of the early warning signs of the mumps, meaning Sbisa could have exposed some Sharks to the virus, which is making its way through the Vancouver dressing room.

“What are you going to do? We’ve just got to cross our fingers and get outta here and hope that he didn’t rub up against anybody,” DeBoer said.

The Sharks coach said after the game that he thought “most of our guys” have had vaccinations, but “I believe there’s a couple that haven’t.”

After the virus invaded several NHL dressing rooms two seasons ago, the Sharks’ training staff will likely be on the lookout for symptoms when the team reconvenes on Monday. Hopefully, the outbreak will begin and end in Vancouver this time.

“Definitely, you want to make sure that you stay away from all that stuff,” Boedker said.