Well folks. ‘Tis the season. And by that I mean, TRADE SEASON is upon us! The San Jose Sharks will be at the NHL Flea Market looking for that one great buy on the cheap!
The San Jose Sharks don’t really have many needs. And they accidentally solved their third line center problem by moving Tomas Hertl to the anchor position of that line. Hertl has been a revelation as the third line C, and is having the best year of his career. There is really no need now to acquire another bottom six center, but the Sharks like Hertl’s versatility so, you never know.
There are many names who could potentially be on the move at the Trading Deadline on Feb. 25th. Some big names which we will see below but for the San Jose Sharks, the targets aren’t necessarily going to be in that caliber.
Sometimes, though, the best move is no move, as it is perfectly plausible that the San Jose Sharks stand pat. The trade deadline is going to be somewhat anomalous, as there are so many big names set to be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Many teams aren’t going to want to lose guys for nothing, so there will be guys on the move.
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But hockey doesn’t operate within the laws of supply and demand. The supply of available players may be on the rise, but that doesn’t mean their price will even out. Quite the contrary, the price on a lot of these guys will be enormous and could price the San Jose Sharks out.
The Sharks don’t have the cache of prospects and picks to go get a superstar like Artemi Panerin. Doug Wilson is a wizard on the trade market, as he’s gotten more with less on more than one occasion. But Wilson is also wise, and knows that sometimes its the “insignificant” or smaller deal that can put you over the top.
The San Jose Sharks should opt for more realistic, rental players rather than major impact guy who will cost the team even more of their future that they’ve already somewhat mortgaged. We’ve laid out some realistic options for the San Jose Sharks at the 2019 Trade Deadline.