News – Sharks Acquire D Patrick Traverse From Montreal For D Mathieu Biron – San Jose Sharks:
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Patrick Traverse from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Mathieu Biron.
There was a collective “huh?” in the section at the game tonight over this transaction. To me, the reason and timing are pretty simple: the Sharks are relying pretty heavily on Hannan and McLaren as the veteran influence on the defense corps. McLaren’s recently been out for a few games (“lower body injury” — rumor has it he’s pregnant, and I will continue declaring players pregnant until the league gets over this Monty-Pythonesque skulking around the injuries….
While the other players stepped up where they could, it showed with McLaren out. Traverse is a veteran, if we lose either Hannan or McLaren again, he can be brought up and step in and eat 15 minutes a game AND help steady the kids and take on some of the pressure. He is, effectively, an insurance policy on the big two studs.
Giving up Biron? As laurie said tonight “he’ll go and play for some other AHL team now….” — maybe down the road, but now, he’s a moderate price for some insurance…