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Gustav Nyquist scored a goal against the Sharks on Sunday afternoon. Hours later, he joined them.

The Sharks acquired the veteran winger from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick. Both teams quickly announced the trade after news of it first leaked.

Nyquist -- who's in the final season of a four-year, $19 million contract he signed with the Red Wings in 2015 -- waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal. Should the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Final or he re-signs with San Jose, the 2020 third-round pick will become a second-rounder.

"Gustav is a talented, versatile forward who plays with speed and excellent hockey sense," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement released by the team. "His track record of strong play and character speak for themselves, and we're very excited to add him to our dressing room."

The 29-year-old Swede, whose first-period goal Sunday gave Detroit a lead it later squandered in a 5-3 loss to San Jose, joins the Sharks after scoring 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 62 games for the Red Wings this season. In 481 career NHL games -- all spent in a Red Wings sweater -- he has posted 295 points (125 goals, 170 assists) and 124 penalty minutes.

While the Sharks weren’t expected to make a huge splash ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, there was speculation they could add a forward to increase their offensive depth headed down the last leg of the regular season and into the playoffs. Nyquist certainly fits that bill.

 

There is no word yet on whether Nyquist will be available to suit up for the Sharks when they close their current road trip Tuesday night against the Bruins in Boston.