NHL Rumors: Sharks and Rangers Could Become Trade Partners

According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the New York Rangers are expected to make some major moves before the trade deadline and one team that could align perfectly - the San Jose Sharks. Forward Tomas Hertl of the Sharks is likely the player on top of the Rangers wish list.

Staple went on to mention recently:

If there’s something really worth going for and the team is still sitting in a solid position, you’d think the Rangers’ first-rounder could be in play. That pick may end up in the 23-to-28 range, and if the Rangers are picking twice in the 55-to-64 range, they could package those to move up for a player they like close to where they’d be picking with the first-rounder.

The Rangers currently sit 19-8-4 on the season and have been one of the NHL's positive stories this season. New head coach Gerard Gallant has his team playing hard and goaltender Igor Shesterkin has turned himself into an elite netminder that's able to take over games. 

As for Hertl, he's been linked to trade rumors all season as he's a pending free agent who does not appear to be in extension talks in San Jose. So far in 32 games, the versatile forward has recorded 25 points. He plays in all situations and would give the Rangers another forward piece that could be extremely beneficial come playoff time.

The Sharks are an interesting team to watch as they are currently battling for a playoff spot with a 17-14-1 record. If they slip out of the postseason picture there's no doubt trades could be on their radar to cash in on some assets. Hertl is their biggest one and expect to see him moved. Sounds like the Big Apple could be the destination.

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