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Sharks Acquire C James Sheppard From Wild

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – San Jose and Minnesota have made their third trade of the offseason, with center James Sheppard going from the Wild to the Sharks on Sunday for a third-round draft pick in 2013.

Sheppard was the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but the native of Nova Scotia never performed up to his first-round potential. He missed all of last season after breaking his left kneecap in an off-ice accident. Sheppard has 11 goals and 38 assists in 224 career games.

Sheppard was a restricted free agent, but he has already a signed contract with the Sharks.

In June, San Jose sent Devin Setoguchi as part of a package to Minnesota for All-Star defenseman Brent Burns. Last month, the Sharks traded Dany Heatley to the Wild for Martin Havlat.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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