Three potential trade destinations for Tomas Hertl if the Sharks decide to trade him

Jan 20, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Jan Rutta (84) is congratulated
Jan 20, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Jan Rutta (84) is congratulated / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Boston Bruins

An organization stripped barron by retirements from its old guard, the Boston Bruinsare defying the preseason expectations as the continue to fight for the Stanley Cup. A proud original six franchise, the Bruins are still trying to compete with the rest of the top teams in the NHL, and may be looking for help down the middle in their current situation. They are always open to bolstering their roster, and the Sharks may be a trade partner.

Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci called time on their long NHL careers during the summer, and brought an end to a lot of the old guard that won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins back in 2011. You can never replace the six time Selke Trophy winner who dominated the league as the top defensive forward for many years, but they do need to try and find a way to strengthen their team down the middle.

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So, why Hertl? Boston don't exactly have a deep prospect pool at center, and the need for one will not go away soon. Getting a top six caliber center into the organization is going to be something Don Sweeney will need to find a way of doing because Charlie Coyle, Morgan Geekie, and Pavel Zacha just are not the answer for an organization that wants to reach the heights that the Bruins want to get to.

With the Bruins not having a first round pick until 2025 due to the Tyler Bertuzzi trade they made at last years trade deadline, it would likely need to be centered around a future 1st round pick, which would increase the ask on prospects. Someone like Matthew Poitras who has been a good player at the NHL level for the B's this season may be of interest, but at that point, the Bruins may feel it's too much to pay.