Friday, June 24, 2011

Burns for Setoguchi at the Draft

2010-2011 NHL StatisticsJuly 1st Status
To San JosePositionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
Brent BurnsD26801729461$3.55 million
2012 2nd Round Draft Pick
To MinnesotaPositionAgeGPGAPYearsCap Hit
Devin SetoguchiF24722219413$3 million
Charlie CoyleF1900000Unsigned
2011 1st Round Draft Pick

The San Jose Sharks added another offensive blueliner to their roster by acquiring Brent Burns in a deal from the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, giving themselves possibly a defenseman that does play well at both ends of the ice and his offensive numbers are fairly impressive.  In order to pick up a defenseman of this stature, the Sharks gave up some offensive talent in Devin Setoguchi, 2010 1st rounder Charlie Coyle and their 1st round pick in this year's draft.

In Burns, the Sharks get another top 20 defenseman in scoring, only 4 points behind Dan Boyle in 2011 scoring, which makes that a formidable duo.  A little bit more back end responsibility from Burns will help anchor the Sharks for at least another season, which does give them the potential for breaking through the Western Conference Finals, to which they have not been able to do for back-to-back years.

The Wild get a couple of good offensive players who are still very young.  Setoguchi has already a few seasons under his belt and has raised a few eyebrows in the process, while Coyle is a highly-touted young prospect that was taken a year ago by the Sharks.  Coyle has a definite upside to him, but since he's still only 19 years of age, there is some development time needed, likely something the Sharks didn't need to wait for.

Picks are picks... I don't think we need to look too much into those.

Salary CapThe salary cap hits to either side are about the same, with the Sharks taking on a small chunk of change more for the current year, while Coyle will likely take some big bonuses when he finally signs his deal, which does make things worth while in the end. The Sharks now sit with 14 players at $54.5 million, while the Wild have $49.9 million for 17 players and one buyout.

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