Tuesday, December 04, 2007

One Dougie Might Want Back....

As more trade rumors abound about the Sharks and Toronto hooking up for another big deal, I wanted to reflect on the one major deal between the two clubs and a subsequent trade that Doug Wilson probably wants to take back.

Remember March 3rd, 2003 when the Sharks traded away franchise poster child Owen Nolan to Toronto for a package that included Leafs captain Alyn McCauley, prospect Brad Boyes and their 1st round pick. The Sharks were in the middle of a dismal 73 point season and a last place finish in the Pacific. Trading their captain for a role player, prospect and draft pick made sense for a team rebuilding - this is not the type of package that Doug Wilson would accept for current Captain and rumor-hound, Patrick Marleau. But then....the interesting move....after posting impressive numbers with the Sharks top farm club (60 points in 61 games) the Sharks traded Boyes and the 1st round pick, the two centerpieces of the Nolan deal, to Boston in a three way deal that netted Team Teal nice guy and current healthy scrach, Curtis Brown. Boyes had 69 points the next year in Boston and has since landed in St. Louis, been converted to wing and currently has 15 goals in 24 games. That draft pick also ended up being young, promising defender Mark Stuart.

Brad Boyes and Mark Stuart for Curtis Brown. Think Doug Wilson wants a do over?

7 comments:

Mike said...

Great post. Funny, I was just thinking about Brad Boyes the other day. I thought of all the crazy deals we made that year, Boyes was probably the best player among them. Remember Jeff Jillson?

Nick said...

Speaking of Curtis Brown, why hasn't he been playing on a regular basis?

Mike said...

My guess is two words- Torrey Mitchell. They figured out he's pretty damn good on the penalty kill. CuBro (as Brian Boitano likes to say) is not particularly effective even strength- he's really just a defensive specialist. Don't get me wrong- CuBro was a stud on the PK last year, but another year older, another year slower, and there are younger, quicker guys that are now eating his lunch.

Mike said...

Just to clarify, the Owen Nolan trade with the Leafs happened in March of 2003, less than two weeks before Dean Lombardi was fired. The Curtis Brown trade happened in March of 2004, and was quite convoluted:

"In a three-way deal: San Jose Sharks traded Brad Boyes to the Boston Bruins for Jeff Jillson; Then, San Jose Sharks traded Jeff Jillson and a 9th round selection to the Buffalo Sabres for Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore; Then, San Jose Sharks traded Andy Delmore to the Boston Bruins for future considerations."

Brian Boitano said...

Should we go after Recchi? I think he's about 900K.

Ian said...

Should we go after Recchi? I think he's about 900K.

Gawd no. We've had tremendous luck with Roenick and Ozolinsh as reclamation projects. Let's not push it.

Recchi was old 10 years ago, and if he can't hang playing with Crosby and Malkin and Stall in Pittsburgh, how would he do on the West Coast, with the faster play and more difficult travel?

Can'tStoptheGrier said...

I agree. Recchi solves none of our problems. Even if the Sharks grab him on re-entry waivers, I would rather see Kaspar than Recchi.