Three takeaways: Sharks can’t afford to trade Dell before deadline


SAN JOSE — Joonas Donskoi broke out of his post-injury slump Saturday, recording three points including the game-tying goal with 15.6 seconds remaining in regulation, setting the stage for Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s heroics in overtime.

Donskoi had registered just three points in 10 games since he returned from an injury on Dec. 14 after serving as one of the Sharks lone-offensive catalysts over the first two months of the season.

The reemergence of the player that captain Joe Pavelski referred to as “the father”, as in Don-Father, should give the Sharks (22-13-6) optimism heading into the second half.

“That’s the Joonas we need,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “When he’s feeling healthy and on his game, he can be a dominant guy like we saw tonight.”

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Here’s what we learned in the Sharks 6-5 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes (10-28-7) at SAP Center:

1. The Sharks can’t afford to trade Dell before the deadline.

General manager Doug Wilson would probably like to get a return on Aaron Dell before he leaves the team in unrestricted-free agency this summer. Unfortunately, Wilson can’t afford to part ways with his backup netminder before the trade deadline.

DeBoer stated the obvious as bluntly as possible Saturday night: “we need great goaltending in the second half.”

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At this point, it’s unclear whether the Sharks are going to be able to count on getting great goaltending from Martin Jones alone.

After a five-day layoff, the Sharks were expecting to spend the first period looking for their legs, playing against a team that returned to action Friday night. Instead, the Sharks jumped all over the Coyotes, holding them without …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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