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Sharks acquire Greg Pateryn from Avalanche

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The Dubnyk experiment in San Jose has ended.

Greg Pateryn #5 of the Colorado Avalanche advances the puck against the Anaheim Ducks in the second period at Ball Arena on March 16, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks have made their first major move ahead of the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, sending goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defender Greg Pateryn and Colorado’s fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Sharks initially acquired Dubnyk in October 2020, sending a fifth-round pick in 2022 to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for the goaltender and a 2022 seventh-round selection. The Wild also retained half of Dubnyk’s salary in the deal. In 17 games with the Sharks, Dubnyk has earned three wins and an .898 save percentage.

“Devan brought the element of consummate professionalism and class to our dressing room, in what has been an extremely unique and challenging season,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, in a release. “He fit seamlessly within our group and helped mentor many of our younger players. We thank him for his contributions to our club on and off the ice this season and wish him the best in Colorado.”

The 30-year-old Pateryn is also a Wild alum, starting the season in Minnesota. In the third game of the season, Pateryn was fined for an illegal cross-check to the face of Anaheim Ducks forward Sonny Milano. He was then traded to the Avalanche in exchange for defender Ian Cole on January 19. By January 25, he was placed on waivers and reassigned to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL on February 11.

Pateryn is in the final year of a three-year deal signed with Minnesota in 2018. He’s expected to play with the San Jose Barracuda.