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Meier Hasn’t Been Approached By Other Teams About Extension…Yet

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Timo Meier is trying to keep his focus on the ice.

But even he can’t ignore the explosion of trade rumors around him recently.

“It’s definitely challenging. But I try to, I’ve said this 100 times before, I just keep my head in the moment,” the pending RFA said this morning. “My family, friends, they probably read all of that stuff. I don’t really. It’s just gonna get in your head and then it’s tough to play. So I just try to keep my mind as clear as I can.”

A big sports fan, he gets it though: “You know, all those speculations, they’re fun for all the fans. I watch sports and there’s rumors. I think that’s exciting.”

My guess? Meier won’t be with the San Jose Sharks after the Trade Deadline.

Besides all the chatter from insiders, there hasn’t been much actual dialogue between Meier and GM Mike Grier. Now granted, the GM often deals with the player’s representation, in this case agent Claude Lemieux.

“No, not really,” Meier acknowledged, about the amount of conversation that he’s had with Grier, who frequently travels with the team. “He hasn’t talked to me about any news.”

If Grier wanted to keep Meier, don’t you think he’d let his star know?

So we all wait, perhaps for the San Jose Sharks to receive an offer they deem worthy of power winger Meier, who’s on pace to eclipse 40 goals for the first time in his career.

Apparently, Grier will allow another team to talk long-term extension with Meier, if he likes what they’re offering him.

“It hasn’t gotten to that point,” Meier confirmed today. “I can’t really say too much about that. Grier hasn’t come to us.”

For what it’s worth, Grier isn’t under the gun to deal Meier by the Mar. 3 Trade Deadline. He’s an RFA, so he’s under team control for another year, albeit at a $10 million qualifying offer. So Grier is not under threat of losing the star winger for nothing.

But if this is it for Timo Time in San Jose?

“It’s a business, right? That’s kind of how it goes sometimes,” the San Jose Sharks’ 2015 first-round pick offered. “As of now, I’m here and I love these guys. We’ve really got a great group, we like going to work together, so I just try to enjoy the moment.”

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