The Sharks might look to re-sign two veterans
Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury Information: San Jose Sharks ahead Alexander Barabanov is coming into the ultimate 12 months of his two-year, $5 million deal. He’d like to stay with the Sharks however isn’t dwelling on his subsequent contract.
“I attempt to not suppose an excessive amount of about this. Simply attempt to work exhausting and do my job. That’s it,” Barabanov mentioned Friday. “As a result of when you suppose an excessive amount of, it doesn’t enable you to.
“In fact, I wish to keep right here. My two infants have been born right here and I just like the group right here. That’s it. But it surely’s a enterprise, so we’ll see what occurs.”
Sharks GM Mike Grier mentioned final week that he’s open to the concept of re-signing Barabanov and Anthony Duclair as an alternative of buying and selling them. He’d wish to have some good veterans round to assist the youthful gamers.
Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury Information: Grier: “There’s undoubtedly some advantage to serious about extending these guys and having round right here. We’ll undoubtedly control how they slot in with the group and in the event that they’re doing the issues that we would like them to do culture-wise and being (good) examples.”
Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl could possibly be traded however provided that they wish to go
Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury Information: San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier mentioned that if forwards Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl got here to him and requested about probably being traded to a playoff contender, he’d pay attention.
Couture was drafted by the Sharks in 2007 and Hertl in 2012. Couture and Hertl haven’t mentioned that they wish to be traded.
Couture (34) has 4 years on his contract at $8 and a three-team commerce clause. Hertl (29) has seven years left at $8.1375 million and a full no-movement clause.
“It’s robust. (The roster) is altering lots and also you by no means know what’s going to occur … so I’m simply wanting proper now for this 12 months,” Hertl mentioned. “I simply wish to be prepared 100% for the season and win with this staff. I’m not serious about what’s going to occur after this 12 months — in the event that they wish to commerce me or if I wish to keep. I’m simply completely specializing in October 12 for the primary recreation, to be 100% prepared and play with this group and switch every part round right here.
“In case you begin wanting too (far) forward and pondering what’s going to occur, it’s messing together with your head. I wish to flip it round right here as a result of that is my house. The identical staff, group, and followers give me every part.”