ST. PAUL, Minnesota — One day after a pair of blockbuster NHL deals involving the Philadelphia Flyers, the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild got into the act.
The Sharks sent winger Devin Setoguchi, prospect winger Charlie Coyle and the Sharks’ first-round pick (28th overall) to the Wild for defenceman Brent Burns and a second-round pick in 2012.
“Honestly, I was shocked right off the bat,” Setoguchi told the Wild’s website. “I didn’t see it coming and I just signed a three-year extension. All of a sudden, I got traded.
“On the other side of the spectrum, I’m excited to come and try and be part of an organization that’s on the (rise). I’m coming to help the team win and to make the team better.”
The Sharks had signed Setoguchi to a $9-million US extension on Thursday. He had 41 points in 71 games with San Jose this past season.
Coyle was San Jose’s first-round pick (28th overall) last season.
Burns, meanwhile, finished the season with 46 points and a minus-10 rating. The 26-year-old former first-round pick was an NHL all-star this year.
“Brent is an elite first-pairing defenceman that is just coming into his prime,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. “We feel that he gives our blue-line tremendous depth and versatility and will augment our existing core. He combines a dangerous offensive prowess with an abrasive presence in the defensive zone.”
The Flyers on Thursday made a huge splash, sending 40-goal scorer Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Jakub Voracek, the eighth-overall pick (Sean Couturier) and third-round pick this year, and also shipping captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings for forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds and a second-rounder in 2012.
Also at the draft Friday:
• The Blackhawks traded rugged winger Troy Brouwer to the Washington Capitals for their 26th overall pick (Phillip Danault), and defenceman Brian Campbell to the Florida Panthers for forward Rostislav Olesz;
• The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired John-Michael Liles from Colorado for a second-round pick in 2012, and Friday’s 22nd overall selection (Tyler Biggs) from the Anaheim Ducks for the 30th and 39th picks.
• The Ottawa Senators acquired the 24th overall selection (Matt Puempel) from the Detroit Red Wings for the 35th and 48th picks.
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Canada's Brent Burns (R) tackles Chris Porter of the US during their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group F qualification match in Kosice city on May 6, 2011. Canada beat United States 4-3 (0-0, 1-2, 2-1, 0-0, 1-0) in a penalty shootout.
Photograph by: JOE KLAMAR, AFP/Getty Images