The San Jose Sharks made two main trades this 12 months, delivery Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils in February and Erik Karlsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins in August. Some observers marvel if group captain Logan Couture could be subsequent.
Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli advised Couture could possibly be “a main commerce candidate.” He acknowledged that groups will not just like the 34-year-old middle’s contract, which runs through 2026-27 with a mean annual worth of $8 million and a three-team commerce record.
Seravalli famous the Sharks retained salary in the Karlsson deal and in final 12 months’s commerce of Brent Burns to the Carolina Hurricanes. They’ve one salary-retention slot left, which they might attempt to leverage for a major return for Couture.
Sharks GM Mike Grier stated final month he is keen to entertain commerce affords on Couture and Tomas Hertl if each gamers reached the purpose the place they needed to be moved. Thus far, nonetheless, there is not any indication that Couture or Hertl need out of San Jose.
Retaining a part of Couture’s wage might entice playoff contenders looking for a veteran middle with management abilities and playoff expertise. Nonetheless, shifting him might nonetheless be tougher than it was to commerce fellow thirty-somethings like Burns and Karlsson.
The largest issue is the commerce worth of Burns. Meier and Karlsson was a lot larger than Couture’s proper now. Curiosity in Karlsson rose significantly final season due to his career-best 101-point efficiency, incomes him his third Norris Trophy.
Couture stays an excellent middle who might assist a playoff group. However, it will not be simple drumming up the identical degree of curiosity for him that they received for Karlsson and Meier.
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