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Devils, Sharks make small-time swap

Jay Leach, Steve Staios

San Jose Sharks’ Jay Leach, left, fights with Steve Staios during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. San Jose won 4-1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Well, the San Jose Sharks’ Pacific Division lead sure was short-lived, as the Dallas Stars slipped back into first place by earning a charity point in their loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

But the team made a little bit more news today, even if it was a trade that isn’t remotely as important as the Toronto-Anaheim or Florida-Chicago swaps.

David Pollak reports that the Sharks sent blueliner Jay Leach and center Steve Zalewski to the New Jersey Devils for two minor league forwards: Michael Swift and Patrick Davis.

Leach played 28 games with the Sharks in 2009-10, while the rest of the players haven’t had many sniffs at high-level competition. If this trade makes anything more than a minimal impact, it’s likely that it won’t be felt anytime soon.