San Jose Sharks
SOURCE: Sharks Want 3 Pieces for Meier?
What do the San Jose Sharks want in a trade for Timo Meier?
It sounds like three pieces.
“What I’m hearing is a first-rounder — and one Grade-A or two Grade-B prospects, or one good prospect and a young, established NHL player,” a source from outside the San Jose Sharks organization told San Jose Hockey Now.
That won’t be three easy pieces for a team to give up.
But Meier is an elite winger: Over the last two campaigns, he’s rang up 63 goals, 14th in the NHL, and racked up 553 shots, second in the league.
This year, the 26-year-old is on pace for 45 goals, which would top last season’s career-high 35.
Meier also possesses a power game that should translate in the playoffs. In short, the pending RFA is a well-rounded first-line scorer, which is part of the reason why Pierre LeBrun reports that “the ask on a new contract starts with at least a nine.”
Elliotte Friedman reporter earlier that the San Jose Sharks, if they receive a good offer for Meier, would allow teams to talk to his representation about an extension.
REPORT: Sharks Will Allow Other Teams To Talk Extension With Meier
So what would these three pieces look like for a team interested in Meier?
Let’s take the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, who are reportedly very interested in the San Jose Sharks star winger.
Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, despite their struggles early in their NHL careers, fit the bucket of young, established NHL players, and with obvious upside.
2021 first-round pick Luke Hughes is one of the top prospects in the game, a definite Grade-A.
2021 first-round pick Brennan Othmann is a good prospect, but more of the Grade-B variety.
Obviously, what each piece is in a Meier return depends on the other.
If the Rangers were, for example, willing to part with 2020 first-overall pick Lafreniere, then the San Jose Sharks probably wouldn’t insist on three good pieces back for Meier. Same goes for Luke Hughes.
Not that those teams would necessarily be willing to deal likely future core pieces for Meier.
But GM Mike Grier can hope, and he’s dangling a good-enough player that it’s not a dream.
The Trade Deadline is Mar. 3. We’ll see if teams ante up for Meier, one of just a handful of true game-changers available.
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