Sharks deal Andrew Desjardins, Tyler Kennedy in separate trades
The San Jose Sharks have traded two of their depth players in Andrew Desjardins and Tyler Kennedy in separate deals.
The San Jose Sharks continued dealing some of their depth players ahead of the trade deadline. The club shipped out forward Tyler Kennedy to the New York Islanders for a conditional third-round pick according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. They also dealt forward Andrew Desjardins to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ben Smith according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Kennedy is a low-lineup forward that never really seemed to find his footing in San Jose. After a strong six-year career with the Pittsburgh Penguins that included a Stanley Cup title, Kennedy managed just 26 points in 92 games as a member of the Sharks. His Stanley Cup experience and his ability to play a bottom-six role with some moderate scoring ability should make him a good fit for the Islanders at a fairly minimal cost.
The Sharks organization is the only one that Desjardins has ever known after signing as an undrafted free agent. A physical forward who fits into a fourth-line role, Desjardins has 48 career points in 272 games with the Sharks.
The Blackhawks benefit by shedding Smith’s salary, which came with a $1.5 million cap hit for both this season and next. The team needs to be cap-concious heading into the 2015-16 season and Smith has struggled of late.
Smith can play in a third- or fourth-line role and give a little secondary scoring and penalty kill help. In 156 NHL games, he has 39 points including 26 last season.
The Sharks are dismantling their bottom six, which wasn’t spectacular to begin with. By dealing Kennedy, Desjardins and James Sheppard, who was traded to the New York Rangers Sunday, they’re opening up spots for younger players to possibly jump in. That isn’t the best way to fortify for a postseason run, unless Doug Wilson has something else up his sleeve before the deadline.
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