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SJHN Daily: Why Couture, Hertl Hard To Trade Right Now

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Pierre LeBrun thinks that there could be Trade Deadline interest in both Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl — but that’s “more likely that’s a summer conversation.”

While Hertl has returned to All-Star form this year and Couture, when healthy, is seen by many in the league as a perfect second-line center for a Cup contender, they’re both 30-something players with expensive contracts.

After this season, Hertl, 30, has six more years left on his contract with an $8.13 million AAV, while Couture, 34, has three more years left with an $8 million AAV. That’s not easy for an interested team to take on in full.

If the San Jose Sharks retained on either contract, Hertl and Couture could become legitimately valuable trade chips, but the Sharks are already using two salary retention slots on Brent Burns (after this season, just one more year at $2.72 million) and Erik Karlsson (three more years after this one at $1.5 million).

Each team has three salary retention slots, so while Burns and Karlsson are both still on the books, you figure the Sharks will be very careful how they utilize that final slot.

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AROUND THE NHL…

With rumors swirling after the Cutter Gauthier trade, John Tortorella defends Kevin Hayes.

Could Trevor Zegras be on the move?

Connor Bedard will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken jaw.

With Linus Ullmark’s injury, could the Boston Bruins look at adding another goalie?

Jesper Wallstedt is looking to improve after his NHL debut.

 

NHL on ESPN and TNT are seeing upticks in viewership this season.

Nashville Predators top goalie prospect Yaroslav Askarov was named an AHL All Star.

Macklin Celebrini heads Central Scouting’s mid-term North American skater Draft rankings.

Jeff Skinner is now out week-to-week.

The New Jersey Devils‘ top forward prospect is an AHL All Star.

Craig Button lists some of the best defenseman available in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Elvis Merzlikins wants out?

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