Just a day after trading center Michal Handzus to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks trade Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers for 2013 second- and third-round draft picks and a conditional 2014 second-round draft pick. They also signed three prospect forwards and promoted another.
The Sharks promoted right wing Daniil Tarasov to a two-year contract. Tarasov split this season between the AHL Worcester Sharks and ECHL San Francisco Bulls.
Left wing Matt Nieto and right wings Christopher Crane and Chris Tierney were all signed to entry-level contracts. Both Neito and Crane have spent this season playing college hockey for Boston University and Ohio State University, respectively. Nieto was drafted by the Sharks in the second round of the 2011 draft (47th overall) while Crane was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 draft (200th overall). Tierney has played this season for the OHL London Knights and was drafted by San Jose in the second round of the 2011 draft (55th overall).
With the Clowe trade for multiple draft picks and these minor signings, it’s obvious the Sharks are building a future for their organization as they realize there’s not much left in the current market to choose from to make a difference now with the trade deadline approaching.