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Friedman on Trading Ferraro: ‘They will be able to get good assets for him’



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With the San Jose Sharks off to as rough of a start as they’ve ever had, a lot of players are going to become available.

Even a young, promising player like Mario Ferraro.

Elliotte Friedman said on his 32 Thoughts podcast that multiple teams are interested in the 25-year-old defenseman.

That includes the Carolina Hurricanes, who per Friedman, aggressively pursued Ferraro last season.

“The rumor was Carolina took a run at him and really tried to get him,” Friedman said. “He is a really talented young player, a guy who really has a good reputation, is signed for two more years at $3.25 million, and there is going to be a lot of teams checking the price tag on this one.

“[His contract is] not expensive.”

Ferraro is young enough to be a part of San Jose’s vision long-term, but apparently, he is also a player they can get a lot back for.

REPORT: Teams Interested in Trading for Ferraro…But He Won’t Come Cheap

With the San Jose Sharks so early in their rebuild, which is set to be a long one, they will need to load up on as many assets as they can.

And Ferraro could be their most attractive trade chip.

“Obviously, they knew they were going into a rebuild, but I don’t think they expected it to be like this,” Friedman said of San Jose’s 7-17-2 start.

“Now, all of a sudden, they started to play a little bit better. Grier challenged them, they had a big road win the other day in New Jersey — they scored as many goals in that game as they had on the road all year, so that was a big one for them — but they need a lot of help.

”I think what they are basically saying is ‘We are going to have to do whatever we can to play the let’s increase our asset game.’ Let’s give ourselves more lottery tickets, find more young players.

“What somebody said to me is, there will be a team, whether it be Carolina or somebody else, that will do it for Ferraro.

“They will be able to get good assets for him because he is a good player, if that is what they want to do.”

So what can the San Jose Sharks get for Ferraro? And will it be worth it, to lose a heart-and-soul defenseman, who is young enough to be part of your rebuild?

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