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REPORT: Granlund ‘Might Bring the Best Trade Return’ on Sharks?



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Not surprisingly, Mikael Granlund has hit the trade rumor circuit.

The Daily Faceoff put Granlund 15th on their Trade Targets list today, followed by fellow San Jose Sharks forwards’ Anthony Duclair, Mike Hoffman, and Kevin Labanc.

“Granlund might bring the best trade return on their roster,” Frank Seravalli said.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen is another San Jose Sharks player who has been prominently mentioned in trade rumors.

REPORT: Teams Interested in Trading for Kahkonen?

Granlund has come a long way since being considered a salary dump over the summer, when the Sharks acquired him, Hoffman, Jan Rutta, and a 2024 first-round pick in a three-way trade for reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, Dillon Hamaliuk, and a 2026 third-round pick.

After a rough 2022-23, the 31-year-old center has bounced back with 29 points in 38 games. That type of production and his reputation as a strong two-way pivot makes the two years remaining on his contract, this season included, at $5 million AAV seem very reasonable.

Essentially, he’s a top-six forward who plays a premium position and has a relatively-affordable contract.

Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins sent a 2023 second-round pick to the Nashville Predators for Granlund, which could be about the best that the San Jose Sharks can hope for by the Mar. 8 Trade Deadline, if they’re so inclined to deal the veteran center. Granlund’s trade value could be hurt by how much he’s struggled both times that he’s been dealt at the Deadline, from the Minnesota Wild to Nashville in 2019, and from the Preds to Pens in 2023.

There’s also a good argument for San Jose to keep Granlund if at least that premium isn’t met. For the rebuilding Sharks, Granlund has also proven to be an invaluable mentor to the likes of young wingers William Eklund and Fabian Zetterlund, who can also be just as valuable a trade chip next season, in the expiring year of his contract, as he might be now.

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I had a feeling this was coming after Monahan returned a first round pick. I wonder if the Sharks would be willing to use their last retention slot on him. Granlund at, say, $3M for two playoff runs is a very valuable asset. It also seems GMs are more willing to part with first rounders this year, with a shallower draft on the horizon, than they were last.

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Just Steve

If Grier can pry another 1st round pick for Granlund, I’d think he’s gotta pull the trigger. A late 2nd rounder… I’d be inclined to keep him. Since he shook off that early season rust, he’s been really good for the most part.


Was just about to say the same thing. He is worth more to the team than a 2nd at this point. Maybe next year a 2nd or 3rd is fine when he will be a pending UFA.

Alex Genadinik

It’s too risky to wait a whole year. He might get injured or have a down year. Now his value is very high – it’s the time to trade him.


I’d argue it depends on the return. Assuming we’re retaining on him that would mean we can’t retain on anybody else this year or next year. If trading him now reduces the extra we can get by retaining on an expiring piece at this year’s deadline (Duke/Kahkonen) by enough, it can be worth the gamble that he’ll retain his value next year. If we’re able to retain on an expiring player this year and him next year we might get more value than just retaining on him for the 2 years. It’s going to be a tricky TDL for GMMG… Read more »

Alex Genadinik

If you retain 50% for this and next year, it could get more than a first round pick, right?


This is where the upgraded pic comes into play. Granlund probably merits a 1st. But if you get a 1st and 5th while giving up a 3rd, you’ve done well enough. Or, there’s a time value, wait until 2026 or ’27 draft and get a 1st without giving up a later rd pick. I don’t think the Sharks need to retain on Granlund, he’d good value. That said, if Grier can get more by taking on a bad contract in return, by all means do so. It’d be better than retaining. Ultimately, I think the 3rd retention slot gets used… Read more »


They’d be so foolish to trade Couture with salary retained. He’s got four years left on his deal, they’re already dealing with so much dead cap for the next 2-3 seasons, and the Vlasic issue is going to come to a head soon. That’ll require a solution that probably creates more dead cap.

Couture is more valuable on the ice than he is on the trade market, and you need continuity to execute an expedited rebuild. Trading everyone with any discernible value is not the way to build a champion.


The Sharks have been dealing with dead cap from Vlasic for years now, it’s just that he’s still been playing for the team while giving the dead cap. My speculation with Vlasic is the team rides it out. Trading him likely takes a lot of assets and isn’t worthwhile since there’s minimal loss by keeping him on the team. Buying out the contract after this season saves 3.17M next year, 2.17M in 25-26, and costs an extra 1.33M in 26-27 and 27-28. Buying him out after next year saves 2.33M in that year then costs an extra 1.17M in the… Read more »


Except trading everyone with discernible value is a way to build a champion.

Sharks don’t need continuity. They will in the hopefully not too distant future. Maybe in 2-3 years, but right now, there is no core to build around.

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