Are the Calgary Flames interested in Marcus Sorensen?
That’s what Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported on Hockey Night in Canada.
“Marcus Sorensen in San Jose is more of a traditional rental. Only makes one and a half million dollars. He’s a UFA at the end of the year. And I know he’s drawn some interest from the Canadian teams,” Johnston said. “Maybe a fit in Calgary there. We said they were looking for an addition they can add up front and I do think he will be someone moving before the deadline.”
So what could the San Jose Sharks get for impending UFA Sorensen, a reliable penalty killer with just one goal and two assists on the season?
It won’t be a lot: Perhaps a low-level prospect? Maybe a seventh-round pick?
That’s what Flames GM Brad Treliving sent out to Ottawa during the 2018 Trade Deadline for another defensively-sound, offensively-deficient depth forward in Nick Shore. At the time, Calgary was tied for the last playoff spot in the West. They’re in a similar position now, four points out of the final postseason berth in the North.
A seventh-rounder would be a win for Doug Wilson. Sorensen, an impending UFA, doesn’t necessarily appear to be in the San Jose Sharks’ long-term plans, judging by his multiple healthy scratches this season.
If not Calgary, would the 28-year-old winger be of interest to the other Canadian teams? That’s what Johnston suggested.
In that case, the Toronto Maple Leafs would be an intriguing suitor. Of course, Sorensen’s ex-linemate and San Jose Sharks legend Joe Thornton is chasing a Cup there. Toronto’s penalty kill is also just 21st in the NHL.
The 28-year-old Swede found his greatest NHL success next to Thornton in 2018-19, scoring 17 goals from San Jose’s third line.
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