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SPECULATION: Meier, Reimer Are Sharks’ Other Top Trade Targets



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Daily Faceoff just released their first Trade Targets list, and not surprisingly, it’s full of San Jose Sharks.

And while it’s been Erik Karlsson dominating trade rumors recently, it’s Timo Meier that’s considered more appealing for some obvious reasons.

Unlike Karlsson’s $11.5 million dollars, Meier has a manageable $6 million cap hit this season. Meier is also set to be an RFA, so a team has some control over the commitment.

“If he’s to be considered an RFA, his starting value on the market is considerably less than the Alex DeBrincat deal last summer,” Frank Seravalli cautioned though about his trade list No. 6.

The Chicago Blackhawks sent also pending RFA DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators before the 2022 Draft for 2022 first and second-round picks (Nos. 7 and 39) and a 2024 third-round pick.

Meanwhile, Karlsson lands 10th on this top-20 trade list, but more because of his notoriety and less because of the likelihood of a deal.

This could be one of the most complicated transactions in league history because of the San Jose Sharks star’s immense contract and No-Movement Clause, which we’ve talked about ad nauseum.

Karlsson, Grier Haven’t Talked About Waiving No-Movement Clause

Finally, James Reimer pulls up as 15th on the list.

“Reimer is steady, durable and comes with a cap hit and contract that makes him no-risk,” Seravalli writes of the pending UFA who’s making just $2.25 million dollars this year.

The Trade Deadline is on Mar. 3, but San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier could be busy well before then, breaking up his 7-12-3 Sharks.

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