The Daily Faceoff has kicked off the off-season early with the release of their Top 50 Free Agents and Top 25 Trade Targets lists.
Can the San Jose Sharks improve their team with anybody from these lists? Here are my first impressions – we’ll be diving more into this over the next month.
Let’s begin with the free agents. It’s San Jose Hockey Now’s projection that the Sharks could have about $6 or so million dollars of cap space available to them – after re-signing RFAs Mario Ferraro, Kaapo Kahkonen, Jonathan Dahlen, Noah Gregor, and Nicolas Meloche – and buying out Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Realistically, they could also create more cap space by adding a mid-round draft pick to Radim Simek’s contract and sending him out the door.
TOP 50 UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS OF 2022:
— Daily Faceoff (@DailyFaceoff) June 7, 2022
The San Jose Sharks have a lot of needs, but forward scoring depth could be the most pressing. The top layer of UFA forwards like Johnny Gaudreau and Filip Forsberg will probably be beyond their grasp, but perhaps on-the-younger-side top-six possibilities like Andre Burakovsky, Andrew Copp, Vincent Trocheck, Mason Marchment, or Valeri Nichushkin would make sense.
Copp and Trocheck are centermen, which is particularly appealing – Tomas Hertl-Copp-Logan Couture down the middle is a very competitive center core, for example – but they’ll also be more expensive because of their two-way versatility.
If not Copp or Trocheck, I would target Nichushkin. The Cup finalist has shown a willingness to use the Russian winger in late-game situations while protecting a lead, a testament to his ability in all three zones.
Once again, this time because the San Jose Sharks don’t have an excess of tradeable assets, you can probably scratch San Jose out of the competition for the top layer of the Daily Faceoff’s trade targets, stars like Alex DeBrincat and Kevin Fiala.
Where the Sharks should concentrate on here are the younger forwards with some upside like Pavel Zacha and Jesse Puljujarvi. Taking a flyer on a young defenseman like Ethan Bear could also make sense.
I’m not sure how the Sharks match up as trade partners with the New Jersey Devils (Zacha) or Edmonton Oilers (Puljujarvi), but San Jose could use as much NHL-ready upside as possible.
At San Jose Hockey Now…
Other Sharks News…
Corey offers his thoughts on the Evander Kane grievance and trading Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson. (The Athletic)
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— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) June 8, 2022
San Jose Barracuda announcer Nick Nollenberger shares some off-season notes. (San Jose Barracuda)
The San Jose Sharks TV broadcast doesn’t rank high in this league-wide fan survey. (The Athletic)
#SJSharks are beginning removal of the video board that hangs over center ice at SAP Center on Monday, with the installation of the new board and its equipment beginning July 11 w/scheduled completion date of August 30.
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) June 9, 2022
Per the San Jose Sharks, owner Hasso Plattner is footing the bill for these upgrades.
Around the NHL…
P.K. Subban wins the King Clancy Trophy. (NHL)
Blackhawks mainstay Eric Nestorenko – member of the 1961 Stanley Cup champions but was also alleged to have directed the N-word at Willie O’Ree in a game – has passed away. (Chicago Tribune)
Head coach Patrick Roy still “emotional” over Remparts’ ouster, will take time to decide future. (TSN)
Is Peter DeBoer going to be the next head coach of the Dallas Stars?
Elliotte Friedman on TJMS – “Barring a major change or something really going wrong in the process, I would expect Pete DeBoer is the guy [in Dallas] … if it’s (him) we could know pretty soon.” #TexasHockey
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) June 9, 2022
Could injured Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano return for the Final for the Colorado Avalanche?
David Pastrnak’s agent denies rift with Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney:
Could the Vancouver Canucks pounce on David Pastrnak?
When will the Calgary Flames and UFA Johnny Gaudreau agree to a deal?
Nolan Patrick, even with the Vegas Golden Knights, can’t escape the injury bug.
When will the Florida Panthers lock up MacKenzie Weegar?
What do the Montreal Canadiens do in goal if Carey Price doesn’t return?
What kind of prospect can the Pittsburgh Penguins get at with the 21st pick?
Assistant coaches Jim Hiller and John Gruden have been let go, it looks like new New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert will build his own coaching staff.
Odds say John Tortorella will be the Philadelphia Flyers‘ new head coach.
What’s on the Washington Capitals‘ to-do list this summer?
Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings head coach??
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