Within days, we will know if Douglas Murray's departure from the Sharks is the beginning of ... well, something bigger or something smaller.
But we know this much: It isn't the end.
The NHL's trade deadline of April 3 looms. And anyone who has watched San Jose's favorite hockey team slog through the past two months, trying and failing to become a solid playoff lock, knows that the roster is about as ready to win a Stanley Cup as North Korea is ready to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Doug Wilson, the Sharks' general manager, made his first reactive move Monday by trading Murray to the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for two high draft picks. In the trade announcement, Wilson expressed his respect for Murray and added: "This deal places Douglas in a quality situation which he deserves."
Wilson did not mean that statement the way some might construe it: That Murray was departing a non-quality situation that he didn't deserve. But you could not blame anyone for construing it that way, the way things are going for the Sharks.
During a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Wilson was more enlightening, while being circumspect about his specific strategy.
"Can this lead to other deals?" Wilson asked, repeating a question. "Sure it can."
But what sort of deals? Will the Sharks be seeking a "rental" veteran player on a short-term contract to boost their playoff chances?