Sharks toughen up with Jackets' Shelley


Sharks toughen up with Jackets' Shelley

Shelley, a 6-four left winger who's acknowledged as 1 of the NHL's toughest fighters, has no points and 44 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He racked up one,025 penalty minutes even though paying all of his five 1/two professional seasons with the Jackets, but hadn't suited up for Columbus since Jan. 12.

"He's including some sandpaper to our lineup," Sharks basic manager Doug Wilson said. "We have looked at that for a whilst this yr with Ryane Clowe out. Jody, we know a great deal about him He helps make players on other teams uncomfortable, and he adds an component of comfort to your very own players."

Shelley will join the Sharks on Wednesday just before their game against the Calgary Flames.

The Sharks have been without having two of their most bodily players -- forward Clowe and defenseman Brad Norton -- for most of the season since of injuries, and Wilson cited the overall toughness of Western Conference rivals Detroit and Anaheim as a prime cause to make the deal.

Wilson pursued Shelley in a trade earlier this season, but could not land him. The Sharks have been without a designated enforcer since trading Scott Parker to Colorado final February.

"I think we have missed it since Scotty Parker left Patrick Marleau Jersey," Wilson explained. "You have acquired to win in many different ways, and Jody brings one thing to the table that we want."

Shelley led the NHL with 249 penalty minutes for the duration of the 2002-03 season Antti Niemi Jersey, and he led Columbus in penalty minutes for the duration of 4 of the preceding five campaigns. He is a favorite of hockey battle aficionados, with a number of of his greatest bouts -- such as a memorable scrap with Parker -- accessible on YouTube.

Shelley's departure was announced right after Columbus' four-two reduction to Phoenix. He is the franchise's profession leader in penalty minutes and a big fan favourite for his bruising perform Joe Thornton Jersey.

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