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SJHN Daily: Sharks Get to Buffalo After Snowstorm Delay + KHL Scout on Chmelevski

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Is Sasha Chmelevski on the way back to the NHL?

According to Kevin Weekes, the 2017 San Jose Sharks sixth-round pick, who’s starred in the KHL for Salavat Yulaev Ufa for the last two years, is garnering trade interest from other NHL teams.

San Jose still holds Chmelevski’s rights. Chmelevski, 24, last played for the Sharks in the 2021-22 season. The center has notched 10 assists in 24 NHL games over parts of two seasons.

Since leaving San Jose after 2021-22, Chmelevski has registered 91 points in 117 games for Salavat.

“He’s a real game-changer [for them] right now. He’s made the team better in every way,” a Russia-based NHL scout told San Jose Hockey Now. “I’ve heard that he’s happy playing in Russia. Good team, good city, good ice-time can do wonders.”

At this time, it’s not clear if the Sharks themselves would be interested in bringing back the 6-foot-o center. His KHL contract expires after this season.

The Vancouver Canucks, according to Rick Dhaliwal, are among the teams interested.

AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…

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Mike Hoffman is keeping the same approach through trade rumors and a slump.

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Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture are hard to trade right now.

IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…

Tomas Hertl is up for voting to be included in the NHL’s All-Star Skills competiton.

Danil Gushchin finished off this absolute beauty of a play for the Barracuda in a 3-2 loss last night.

Russ Cohen of Elite Prospects shared some positive thoughts about Chmelevski’s KHL play.

A massive Buffalo-area storm kept the Sharks from flying into Buffalo on Saturday night. They were finally able to leave Ottawa on Sunday.

AROUND THE NHL…

The Montreal Canadiens could trade veteran forward Sean Monahan.

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog skated with the team for the first time following a lengthy injury.

Florida Panthers star Carter Verhaeghe is not your prototypical 40-goal scorer according to head coach Paul Maurice.

Rick Bowness, Peter Laviolette, Jim Montgomery, and Rick Tocchet named All-Star Game coaches.

The New York Islanders lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, giving up the game-winning goal with eight seconds to go before allowing an empty-netter with 0.2 seconds left.

They caught some heat after the players on their bench went to the locker room following the empty-netter.

Erik Karlsson and the Pittsburgh Penguins are at an impasse.

Jamie Drysdale is giving the Philadelphia Flyers blue line a boost.

The NHL released jerseys and rosters for the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.

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