Honorable Mentions: The Moonshots
Wayne Simmonds/Jakub Voracek – Forwards, Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers are officially open for business. And while the San Jose Sharks would love to add a guy like Voracek or Simmonds, the prices will more than likely be out of the Sharks price range. While Doug Wilson might in fact be a wizard, I think even he wouldn’t be able to pull off a move for one of these two with the slim pickin’s the San Jose Sharks are working with.
The only way the Sharks would be able to get their hands on Simmonds or Voracek is if they were to include Ryan Merkley in a deal, which, I don’t believe will happen, as I think Merkley is the one Sharks prospect who’s untouchable at this point. Or, if the market for these two somehow dwindles as they are both UFA’s at the end of the season, and both entering the end of their prime years.
That being said, it’s a longshot that one of these two end up in teal. As there is going to be a contending team with a better cache of prospects who will be there in the end. Lets just hope Simmonds and Voracek stay out of the Pacific Division.
Kevin Hayes/Chris Kreider – Forwards, New York Rangers
Again, this is just another situation where these two are just going to be too expensive. Its no secret that the Rangers are selling everyone they can. But these two are the cream of the Rangers crop. They will both most likely demand a first round pick, which the Sharks don’t have until 2021, and (god willing) if they win the cup this year, that 2021 pick goes to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson trade.
Kreider is one of my favorite non-San Jose Sharks. He’s everything you want in a hockey player. Big, and I mean BIG at 6’3, 216 Lbs, and can absolutely fly. He’d be a perfect addition to the Courture-Meier line. And would allow Joe Pavelski to be reunited with Jumbo Joe.
As for Hayes, his stock has risen exponentially, and the Rangers are going to ask for a haul. The price for these two particular players don’t really add up for the San Jose Sharks. However, we will be revisiting the Rangers shortly, as there is one guy who can make a short-term impact for the Sharks, and will be far cheaper.