The San Jose Sharks have more possible Trade Deadline targets than just Tomas Hertl.
So what could UFA forwards Alexander Barabanov and Andrew Cogliano fetch in trade if the Sharks fall out of the playoff race? Would Nick Bonino, Matt Nieto, and James Reimer, all signed until 2023, garner returns too?
As of Feb. 18, the San Jose Sharks were eight points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the last postseason spot in the Western Conference. While that’s not an insurmountable deficit, they also have to leapfrog the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, and Vancouver Canucks to get there. In short, the Sharks’ odds of making the playoffs are long, so swapping Hertl and company for valuable assets like draft picks and prospects before the Mar. 21 Trade Deadline has to be considered.
To gauge the value of Hertl, Barabanov, Cogliano, Bonino, Nieto, and Reimer at this Trade Deadline, I spoke with three sources — two scouts and one executive — representing three different NHL organizations. What do they think of these San Jose Sharks players?
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