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How Many Sharks Are Outperforming Their Contracts?

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That is, according to Pierre LeBrun, who says that the San Jose Sharks are willing to listen on any player not named Tomas Hertl.

Does that mean big changes are coming to the San Jose Sharks?

Well, hold on. When you’ve missed the playoffs for three straight years, nobody’s safe. For the last three years, I bet the Sharks would’ve loved to move on from some contracts, if anybody would take them.

Take, for example, Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, both having pretty good years, but their big, long contracts are not untouchable, they’re unmovable.

An executive from another NHL team texted me this morning, “Who would you take from this roster??” He was honestly asking because the answer is not obvious, in respect to a player’s performance and contract.

Because let’s face it: GMs, in the salary cap era, are looking for players who are outperforming their contracts. How many San Jose Sharks players are doing that?

So we’ll see if there’s much change in San Jose this time around. The difference this time might be new GM Mike Grier, who might be more aggressive when it comes to trying to divest himself on some of these contracts than his predecessor Doug Wilson.

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