Minnesota Wild acquire Jacob Middleton from San Jose Sharks for Kaapo Kähkönen and late-round pick
Middleton, 26, has earned acclaim this season for his relatively strong defensive results in a middle-of-the-lineup role, playing mostly alongside Erik Karlsson at even strength. He's also chipped in with nine points in 45 contests this season for the Sharks playing about 19 minutes a night in all situations.
A real late-bloomer, Middleton only made it to the NHL in anything resembling a full-time capacity this season. The Sharks first added him to their organization as a CHL free agent, after the Los Angeles Kings let his negotiating rights expire; they originally drafted him 210th overall, in the seventh-round of the 2014 draft.
Middleton is a pending unrestricted free agent, making $725,000 against the cap for this season.
The Sharks, meanwhile, have done well to add to their stockpile of prime-age goaltenders, taking a roll of the dice on Kähkönen after he showed considerable promise in the AHL and held his own in a bit role for two seasons in the big leagues.
Kähkönen is a pending restricted free agent with arbitration eligibility, making $725,000 against the salary cap. The addition of Kähkönen to the Sharks crease brings their running total to three NHL goaltenders, and one has to imagine a James Reimer trade isn't far off in the distance.