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SJHN Daily: Hertl To Talk His Sharks’ Future With Grier in Off-Season



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Will Tomas Hertl ride out the rebuild with the San Jose Sharks?

It sounds like a discussion that he will have this off-season with GM Mike Grier.

“It’s not an easy situation, where we are. We know that,” Hertl told the Mercury News. “We will see. It’s probably not [time to] talk now, but definitely, after the season, again, what [are] the plans here long-term?”

On many occasions, Hertl has stated that he wants to win sooner than later. That doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the rebuilding San Jose Sharks.

“Maybe he says the best [to] trade me now and get something,” Hertl mused.

That said, it will be hard for the Sharks to move him immediately. While the 30-year-old is enjoying an All-Star campaign, leading the Sharks with 34 points in 48 games, he’s got six years left on his contract after this season at $8.137 million AAV.

It’s also not likely that the Sharks will want to retain on Hertl’s contract, at least not while they only have one of three retention slots available. San Jose is retaining $1.5 million AAV on Erik Karlsson until 2026-27 and 2.72 million AAV on Brent Burns until 2024-25.

“I don’t know,” Hertl said, “but I’m just focusing to be best when I’m on the ice right now.”


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