Could Devin Setoguchi return to the Sharks?
According to a tweet Tuesday by Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Sharks have had discussions with the Winnipeg Jets about Setoguchi, who last played in San Jose during the 2010-11 season. He was traded that offseason to Minnesota in a deal that brought Brent Burns to the South Bay.
The trade deadline is Wednesday at noon (PST).
McKenzie's tweet didn't indicate who the Sharks might be willing to part with to get Setoguchi, but it appears a player with a decent-sized salary would have to go the Jets. Setoguchi , an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is making $3 million this season and the Sharks do not appear to have enough room under the salary cap to just acquire him for a draft pick or a prospect.
Setoguchi's most productive year in the NHL came with the Sharks in 2008-09, when he had 31 goals and 34 assists in 81 regular season games. Since then his offensive numbers have tailed off, with 166 points in 320 regular season games.
This season, Setoguchi has disappointed with just 11 goals and 15 assists in 61 games.
Tuesday morning, Sharks coach Todd McLellan agreed that the time for the team around this year's trade deadline has a different feel than last year's, when the scuffling Sharks shipped then soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray out of town and brought in Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan.
"We had a number of players from a business situation that were potential free agents last year and we were looking at resetting our team somewhat, looking for elements that would help us in certain areas. We're still doing that this year," McLellan said, adding that general manager Doug Wilson, "is very good at what he does. He's got very good people around him, and a staff that has been watching a lot of hockey.
"As the days move on, today and tomorrow, I'm glad, No. 1, that we're playing tonight. It keeps the focus on that. Tomorrow, we'll show up and while we're practicing, the trade deadline will be over and we'll be able to move on."