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NHL Rumors: Timo Meier the Sharks top trade chip over Erik Karlsson

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David Pagnotta: Irfaan Gaffar and Pagnotta on some ‘Market Rumblings.”

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Gaffar: “Let’s start in California, begin with the San Jose Sharks, and is Erik Karlsson really their biggest trade chip right now?”

Pagnotta: “Well he definitely drew probably the most consideration final week when their GM Mike Grier got here out and stated we’re keen to pay attention. We’ve been speaking about this for the final week. I feel extra so than something, this was a sign to the remainder of the league that San Jose is huge open for enterprise.

I don’t consider Erik Karlsson, to begin with I don’t consider he’s going to get traded this season. I don’t assume there’s an urge for food for San Jose to retain half that $11.5 million cap hit. Maybe a pair million. I simply assume the parameters this 12 months with 4 years left on his deal, are just a bit too tough.

So, Karlsson apart in the meanwhile, they produce other gamers which might be going to generate curiosity from this staff. And one man specifically I consider will probably be a focus for lots of groups shifting ahead in a while within the season, is Timo Meier.

He is within the last 12 months of his contract. He’s going to be an RFA on the finish of the season. He has arbitration rights, and sure he’s making $10 million his season, which implies his QO should be $10 million, however you’ll be able to work round that and discover a new contract earlier than you submit that qualifying provide.

I feel he’s going to be their main commerce chip this season. So that’s going to be one thing to look at because the season progresses.

They haven’t had any contract discussions but along with his agent Claude Lemieux, and actually, it seems like he’s going to be. This is a staff that wishes to unlock cap area and proceed their rebuild by bringing in some younger property. He’s there primary commerce chip proper now and he’s going to be somebody to check out in a while because the season strikes alongside.”

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