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Sharks’ Trade Deadline: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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For the San Jose Sharks, this Trade Deadline was a no-win situation.

How do you feel good as an organization after trading a homegrown star, still in his prime, like Timo Meier?

But regardless, I think there are some positives that Sharks fans can take away from this Deadline.

Some.

Let’s talk about the San Jose Sharks’ Deadline, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

“We don’t want to just keep spinning our wheels here, we’re going to try and move this thing forward.”

That’s what GM Mike Grier said after trading Meier, and tough as it is to lose the star winger, it’s the right thing for the organization to stop making long, cap-crippling commitments to a core of players that isn’t leading the franchise anywhere.

It made some sense when Grier’s predecessor, Doug Wilson, inked Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Martin Jones, Evander Kane, Logan Couture, and Erik Karlsson to long, expensive contracts – those San Jose Sharks squads were still contenders, and that was the price to keep top talent. But paying for short-term gain in exchange for long-term pain – I like to say this about eight-year contracts, pay for the first four years, pray for the last four years – doesn’t make sense when your team isn’t any good, like the Sharks haven’t been since their 2019 Western Conference Finals defeat.

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