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Sharks trade for Brandon Davidson from Flames for future considerations

Sharks trade for Brandon Davidson from Flames for future considerations

The Sharks were wheeling and dealing at the NHL trade deadline, and it didn't stop when they shipped Barclay Goodrow to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a first-round pick.

San Jose also acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Calgary Flames for future considerations.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman first reported the deal.

The 28-year-old has played in just seven games this season for the Flames and has been a bottom tier defenseman during his career.

He's on a $700K expiring deal with around $150K left, so this amounts to the Sharks just needing a body after trading Patrick Marleau, Brendon Dillon and Goodrow.

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Welcome to the Bay, Brandon Davidson.

Sharks' Brent Burns shows Mario Ferraro how to better protect himself

Sharks' Brent Burns shows Mario Ferraro how to better protect himself

Stefan Noesen had seen enough, and apparently Brent Burns had, too.

The Sharks' defenseman is in his 16th NHL season, and has played in all 82 regular-season games in each of the last five seasons. While Burns is an exceptional athlete, he also owes part of his longevity to the veteran savvy he has developed along the way.

Mario Ferraro is in his first NHL season. The Sharks' rookie defenseman has no such veteran savvy to rely on, so after watching the youngster get dangerously run into the boards by Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic -- for the second time in a week -- in San Jose's 6-2 loss Monday night, Burns thought it best to share some valuable experience with Ferraro so that he might be able to last in the league as long as he has.

So, prior to the start of practice on Tuesday, Burns joined Ferraro on the ice to show him some tips on how to better protect himself when a forechecker rapidly is bearing down on him. Ferraro seemed to appreciate the transfer of knowledge, and intends to apply it to avoid greater potential for serious injury.

"He has obviously been around, so he knows as an older guy about how trying to protect yourself can help you in the long run with injuries," Ferraro said of Burns to The Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka. "I’m fine right now but any other hit, maybe it can go another way.

"I want to try and protect myself and try and stay healthy, but he’s just teaching me different ways to go in the corner. Protect myself, getting back there. There are times where you leave too much distance between yourself and you can take a big hit, so just want to try and limit those."

Ferraro is a minus-4 over San Jose's last two games, and clearly, he's still learning on the job. That doesn't change the fact that he has played well beyond his years as a rookie in the toughest hockey league in the world.

"There's going to be ups and downs for a guy that young in the league," Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner said of Ferraro after Monday's loss. "He has been pretty consistent all year. You're going to see dips here and there. But his compete is always unbelievable. He's always ready to play."

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Ferraro has been one of San Jose's few bright spots this season. With a little luck -- and some veteran advice -- he'll be one for many more to come.

Sharks' Stefan Noesen calls out Flames' Milan Lucic for dangerous hits

Sharks' Stefan Noesen calls out Flames' Milan Lucic for dangerous hits

Stefan Noesen has seen enough of Milan Lucic taking dangerous runs at his rookie teammate.

It happened again early in the second period of San Jose's 6-2 home loss to the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on Monday night. Calgary led 3-1 when Sharks rookie defenseman Mario Ferraro went behind his own net to retrieve a puck. When his back was square to Lucic, the Flames' forward plowed directly into it with a dangerous hit. 

In many ways, it looked awfully similar to a hit Lucic laid on Ferraro in the Sharks' 3-1 win over the Flames in Calgary last week.

Lucic wasn't called for a penalty in either situation. So, the second time around, Noesen took matters into his own hands -- since the officials had neglected to -- and went right after the larger Lucic.

The two combatants both dropped the gloves, but were quickly separated before a fight really could get going. To San Jose's extreme displeasure, Noesen somehow ended up with an extra two-minute minor, resulting in a power play for the Flames. After the game, Noesen thought Lucic deserved much more than a penalty for the hit(s).

"That's back-to-back games he has had the exact same hit," Noesen said of Lucic. "Same player, same everything. Something's gotta change. You can't ... you can't let that guy do that every single time. Luckily, Mario didn't get hurt this time. Last time, he had a bloody eye. If he goes down and he's laying on the ice, it's probably going to be a suspension. But the fact that he got up right away, they're not going to call anything like that. To me, it's bulls--t."

Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner didn't view the hit as egregiously as Noesen did, but still felt like the officials missed the call.

"Yeah, I'd like to see them protect the players in those situations," Boughner said, "when you're going back for pucks and you've got your back turned and there's no hold-up -- we're not allowed to do that, obviously, anymore. You're not allowed to obstruct, so you've got to make sure that you protect guys. I thought it was a bit high, but it's not my call."

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Ferraro isn't the only one who has been a recent target of Lucic's.

In San Jose's 3-1 win in Calgary last Tuesday, Lucic surprised Sharks forward Evander Kane with a big hit. His linemate, Barclay Goodrow, came to his immediate defense -- just like Noesen did -- and Goodrow's show of courage in fighting Lucic was seen as the turning point of that victory. Boughner similarly was proud of Noesen for standing up for Ferraro, even if it didn't lead to a win.

"Yeah, we've talked about sticking up for each other and playing as a family," Boughner said. "Physically, I thought we were engaged all night. The emotion was there, I think, but it was one of those games where we were behind the play and every mistake we made sort of went bad."

The Sharks and Flames have one remaining regular-season matchup against each other in Calgary on Mar. 23. Don't expect Lucic to change his style of play for that one, and don't count on San Jose backing down, either.