According to www.del.org, the Shark’s 2001 1rst round draft pick, Marcel Goc, has made a surprising late season DEL transfer from the Schwenningen Wild Wings to the Mannheim Adler. This move comes as a bit of a surprise seeing as how Mannheim only has 10 more games this season and Schwenningen in no way receives any reported form of compensation. More surprising is that Goc, who currently has a rather disappointing 8-9-17 and -7 rating in 45 games, has signed a contract with Mannheim, valid until April 30th, 2005. Ironically enough, he was the only player on the Wild Wings who had a valid contract in place for next season, leading to further speculation that this is Schwenningen’s last season in the DEL.
The Wild Wings are now also void of the NHL transfer rights of Marcel, which also go to the Mannheim Adler. He will wear the number 57 and is first eligible to play with Mannheim on the 22nd of February. Marcel will partake in the upcoming Olympics in Salt Lake City as a member of Team Germany.
As an aside, there is nothing yet indicating that the San Jose Sharks were involved in this move. However, the Wild Wings are almost mathematically out of contention for a playoff spot. The Adler, who are coached by former Islanders coach Bill Stewart, are already ensured of making the playoffs and are the favorites to win the DEL championship. Should they do so, the experience would surely be invaluable for Marcel, the younger brother of Tampa Bay prospect Sascha Goc.