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Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators

Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators Sarah A./via flickr.com

San Jose receives two forwards, draft pick in exchange for Wingels

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SAN JOSE-The San Jose Sharks are rolling at the moment, having won five straight games and are in second place in the Pacific Division. Part of this has been because of the play of some of their younger players. That, though, sometimes causes a log jam and creates the need to make some tough decisions. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson made one of those earlier today.

San Jose traded forward Tommy Wingels to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forwards Buddy Robinson, Zack Stortini, and a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Tuesday.

Wingels has played in 337 career NHL games, all with the Sharks. He has amassed 51 goals and 122 points in his career. The 28-year-old has also participated in 45 career playoff games, tallying two goals and eight points.

In a statement released by the team, Wilson discussed how tough this decision was for him.

“Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL,” said Wilson. “As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made.”

While the Sharks lose a guy who was a staple in their bottom six, they did get a bit bigger and heavier with their new acquisitions.

The 25-year-old Robinson stands 6’6″ and weighs in a 230 lbs. He had been using that frame well with the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton, where he was fifth on the team in goals with five and tied for ninth in points with 12.

Robinson had previously played in seven NHL games with Ottawa, tallying a goal and an assist.

Stortini, on the other hand, not only add sizes and grit to the San Jose organization, he also adds plenty of experience.

The 6’2″, 220-pound 31-year-old has 257 NHL games worth of experience with Edmonton and Nashville. While not the most offensive forward (tallying just 41 points in his NHL career), Stortini is definitely not shy about mixing things up physically, having accumulated 718 penalty minutes in his NHL career.

Both Robinson and Stortini will be assigned to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, who also play in San Jose.