Brenden Dillon gets emotional over possibility of final game as Shark

Brendan Dillon really wants to stay in San Jose. (Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via Getty Images)
Brenden Dillon really wants to stay in San Jose. (Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon is dreading Feb. 24 like no one else it seems.

The 29-year-old is one of the more likely candidates to be moved prior to the trade deadline and is not happy about it. With the Sharks’ disappointing season and Dillon’s pending unrestricted free agency this summer, it makes all the sense in the world for San Jose to move on from the blueliner.

But sometimes, emotions play a significant role.

Dillon has been with the Sharks organization since a Nov. 2014 trade from the Dallas Stars. Over 400 games later, his time in San Jose might be over.

“I don’t know, we’ll kind of see what happens,” Dillon said after the 5-3 defeat to the Florida Panthers on Monday. “I like being here, I try to play hard every night. It’s kind of out of my control.”

Fighting back the tears, Dillon left the postgame scrum after the thought of him not being in San Jose after next Monday’s deadline passes.

He has been an integral part of the blue line for the recent Sharks’ success. Enjoying a total of 60 playoff games, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, Dillon’s defence-first approach meant a lot in those tight postseason matchups.

Through 58 games this season, Dillon has one goal and 14 points while averaging 19:22 TOI.

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