The San Jose Sharks are making more and more moves as the deadline approaches — and this time, they’re buckling down on defense.
Neither player is an NHL regular — Hamilton has appeared in eleven NHL games last season and only one this year, while Stollery has only appeared in seven games total.
At this point, the Sharks are making moves that seem to neither benefit them short term nor in the long run; while Stollery is a depth player who can be recalled with ease, the team hurts themselves by dealing away a younger player (Hamilton is twenty-three and could have more upside than he’s been given so far) without getting any kind of future in return.
The Avalanche, on the other hand, have a win-win on their hands — although at the moment, the team doesn’t have much to work with on defense, so their deadline day has left a bit to be desired. Hamilton could eventually work out for them long-term, but they failed to address some of the more nagging issues present on the team as the season comes to a close.