Maple Leafs acquire Nolan from Sharks

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2003

Owen Nolan, the San Jose Sharks' franchise scoring leader and their captain since 1998, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

The Sharks acquired center Alyn McCauley, highly regarded prospect Brad Boyes and a first-round draft pick from the Maple Leafs, who shook their reputation for trading timidity with an expensive pickup for their playoff run.

The deal, rumored for weeks, marks the end of an era in San Jose, where general manager Dean Lombardi built his team around the moody power forward. With Nolan as their captain, the Sharks improved their points total in every season until their disappointing current campaign.

-- The Associated Press

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