DEFENSEMAN #52 CRAIG RIVET WAS TRADED TO BUFFALO - PHOTO JON SWENSON
The San Jose Sharks announced this afternoon that veteran defenseman Craig Rivet was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for second round draft picks in 2009 and 2010. Rivet lead all Sharks defenseman in scoring (with San Jose) last season registering 5 goals, 30 assists and a team leading 104 penalty minutes in 74 games played. Veteran leadership has become somewhat of a buzzword when referencing certain players, but Craig Rivet and Vincent Damphousse are two individuals who have best exemplified the trait in San Jose over the last 10 years.
"Under the cap system, difficult decisions have to be made and this isone of them. Craig is a true professional and we wouldlike to thank him for everything that he has done here." San Jose General Manager and EVP said of the decision to trade Rivet.
Also confirmed by San Jose on Friday afternoon, the Sharks finalized a trade to Tampa Bay for defenseman Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich for former Hobey Baker and 2-time NCAA champion Matt Carle, 2006 first round draft pick Ty Wishart, a 2009 first round draft pick, and a fourth round selection in 2010.
Dan Boyle registered 25 points, 4 goals and 21 assists in 37 games played for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. Boyle missed 36 games after suffering a freak injury that cut 3 tendons in his wrist. He returned January 24th and scored two goals against the Ottawa Senators. "Dan is one of the elite offensive-minded defensemen in the Leaguetoday, being able to acquire an elite player in hisprime that has won a Stanley Cup will help this organization get towhere we want to go." San Jose Sharks General Manager and EVP Doug Wilson said of the acquisition of Boyle.
Also a part of the Boyle-Carle trade, veteran defenseman and former defensive partner of Boyle, Brad Lukowich also will be coming to San Jose. 6-foot-1, 205-pound Lukowich has won 2 Stanley Cups with Dallas (1999) and Tampa Bay (2004), and has registered 22 goals and 81 assists in 8 full seasons with Dallas, Tampa Bay, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils. "Brad is a tough competitor that isn't afraid to give up his body for the sake of the team," Doug Wilson said.
[Update] Seen Boyle? - Tampa Tribune.
Standout and stand-up Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle has been "convinced" to be traded to San Jose, the capper to a blinding whirlwind of done deals by the new driving force on Channelside Drive. Those ATM thrill seekers, the real Lightning bolts, co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, now plan to draw their first breaths since taking over this last-place franchise. Barry Melrose's hair would have stood on end with excitement if it wasn't axle-greased down.
Have you ever seen anything like this? It was a week to leave Lightning followers too dazzled and dazed to break it down. It was lights, camera, checkbook. This is not going to be boring - ever. Meet Jerry Jones' long lost twins. Koules and Barrie promised to be active. Heck, they've been close to radioactive.
[Update2] Hold off judging Lightning for now - John Romano for the St Petersburg Times.