February 7th, 2010, 3:05 pm
The Wallin deal was a done deal, then dead. And now, after we got word this morning the deal for Wallin is back on, we get word just now that the deal is already complete. Sharks get Wallin and a 2010 5th round pick in exchange for the 2nd round pick we got from Buffalo in the Craig Rivet deal. We’ve covered some stuff about Wallin in the posts below, so I invite you to read them. But my main reaction is this- meh. I’ve heard some say that Wallin is a steady defensemen, and I’ve heard some rumors that say the management (and fans) in Carolina couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Given Carolina is in the cellar right now, that doesn’t sound like a good thing. Also given he played for Carolina, that means we haven’t seen much of Wallin, and only those with a rehab-worthy Center Ice habit would be able to speak about his play this year intelligently.
For me, that means I’m reserving judgment on this deal for at least five games. Just to recap a quick thing I said in the recent podcast- if the Sharks are trying to replace Boyle and Vlasic with trades, that will be a fruitless effort. Pointless. The Sharks cannot go deep in the playoffs with those guys injured. However, as we’ve said ad nauseum all year, the defense is the weak link on the team. Even though we’ve advocated getting a #2 or #3 guy, this deal may work out well. It’s possible Wallin may be a vast improvement to the #5 spot, and it’s also possible that the Sharks aren’t done making trades. What do you think?