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Karl Stollery Adds Defensive Depth in San Jose

Karl Stollery Adds Defensive Depth in San Jose
Cat Silverman

The San Jose Sharks are making more and more moves as the deadline approaches — and this time, they’re buckling down on defense.

Per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet CA, the Sharks have sent forward Freddie Hamilton to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Karl Stollery. The team confirmed with an official release.

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.

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Cat Silverman
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Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Her cousins may never forgive her for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re at least glad she’s a rink rat, too. She’s a pretty terrible goalie, but she’s got a good grasp on the game from her seat on the bench.

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