With the NHL Trade Deadline upon the teams, the San Jose Sharks are sellers this season. Tomas Hertl was mentioned in several rumors, but the Sharks signed him to a lengthy extension. It is an eight-year, $64 million deal that will carry an average annual value of $8 million. Despite Hertl being off the table, several players are available who have received interest from teams. The Sharks currently have an issue of aging players with contracts that are not good for the organization’s future. However, the Sharks acting general manager Joe Will has mentioned that they will do what is best for the team.
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Current Record: 26-27-8
Division Standings: Seventh in the Pacific Division
Buyers or Sellers: Sellers
If the Sharks do not offer Barabanov an extension, he will likely be traded. He has a cap hit of $1 million and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. In 53 games, he has nine goals and 22 assists, and it’s possible his production this season is partly due to being on a like with Hertl. However, like with any other player, there is a certain amount of risk involved. If you have a team with a player similar or better than Hertl to put Barabanov on, it might work out fine for the buyer.
Teams might be concerned regarding Megna since he did have surgery to repair a displaced fracture in his foot. However, he appears to be fine now that he is back in the lineup. He has been good as a fill-in when needed, and his cap hit of $750,000 is enticing to teams who are tight on cap space and need depth at defense. Despite one goal and zero assists in 24 games, he is averaging 18:06 of ice time and has 43 blocks and 38 hits.
Cogliano would be the player to go after if a team needed a solid fourth-line forward or maybe a forward for the third-line. He is a veteran player who could be of assistance on the ice and in the locker room. His cap hit is only $1 million, and so far this season, in 55 games, he has four goals and ten assists. Cogliano’s ice-time is averaging at 13:13, and his faceoff win percentage is 42.1. He is valuable and reliable on the penalty kill. He may not be the ideal player for some teams to take in a trade, and the Sharks know teams won’t give up a lot for him. However, the front office for San Jose should still attempt to free up cap space and stack pics, and Cogliano would be able to give the Sharks both if traded.
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