NHL Trade Deadline: Low-Ranking Western Team in Fire-Sale Mode

David Pagnotta reports that the San Jose Sharks, under general manager Mike Grier, are poised for a significant sell-off by March 8, focusing on trading their second- and third-tier players, while also seeking to add size to their lineup, with potential interest in players like Tyler Myers and prospect Elmer Soderblom.

David Pagnotta from The Fourth Period dropped a hint. It seems calling the San Jose Sharks mere “deadline sellers” might not capture the whole picture. According to him, Mike Grier, the team’s general manager, is all ears on the trade front. He’s seemingly ready to ignite a full-on fire sale by March 8.

Now, there’s chatter around Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl. Despite the buzz, their hefty contracts and this season’s injury woes make their trades a bit of a stretch. The real action? It’s likely to stir among the Sharks’ second and third strings. Names like Mario Ferraro and Anthony Duclair, along with Mikael Granlund and Mike Hoffman, are on the table. Add Alexander Barabanov, Luke Kunin, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kaapo Kahkonen, Kevin Labanc, and Jan Rutta to that mix.

Individually, these players might not cause a bidding war. But collectively? They could spell a decent haul for the Sharks. Plus, with the option to retain salary for a player on the move, San Jose’s prospect and draft pick stock could see a significant boost in the next 20 days.

On the flip side, what’s San Jose after? Sheng Peng, writing for San Jose Hockey Now, shared that Coach David Quinn’s got his eyes on beefing up the team’s size. How far the Sharks will go to fulfill Quinn’s wishlist remains a question. But options are on the table as the deadline looms.

One such option could be Tyler Myers from the Vancouver Canucks. He’s among the tallest defensemen this season but comes with a catch—a modified no-trade clause. Convincing him to swap a higher-ranked team for the Sharks might be a tough sell.

Offensively, the pickings are slim, but there’s a glimmer of hope. The Detroit Red Wings, now in buyer mode, might be open to discussions around Elmer Soderblom. At the same height as Myers, this 22-year-old has notched six goals and 19 points over 41 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. Could he be the piece the Sharks are hunting for? Time, and perhaps the right offer, will tell.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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