Trade Watch: San Jose Sharks Open for Business

The San Jose Sharks are entering a full rebuild and are looking for trade partners for some of their assets. General manager Mike Grier got the party started this past summer by moving fan favorite defenseman Brent Burns, and the movement is expected to continue this season. Here's three Sharks likely to leave the waters at some point this season:

James Reimer

Veteran goaltending is hard to find these days and James Reimer may be the best candidate on the market. The pending free agent is making only $2.25 million against the cap this season and has shown in the past he's a capable #1 and a very solid #2 option. Even though the Sharks sit last in the division, Reimer's numbers have been decent, posting a 2.88 GAA and a .910 Sv.% in nine appearances. Expect to see a number of teams make offers for the Sharks netminder.

Nick Bonino

Another veteran likely to be scooped up for a playoff run, Sharks fans can expect to see Nick Bonino moved at some point. The 34-year-old is making just over $2 million against the cap and holds a five-team no trade clause. He's someone who can help provide some depth for a team's bottom six and kill penalties, but don't expect much else. So far in 12 games, Bonino has recorded one assist. The Sharks will have to retain some salary here to get teams to bite.

Timo Meier

One of the biggest names on the trade watch list, Timo Meier is a trade candidate who is in the prime of his career. The 26-year-old Swiss winger is a top-six forward who can play either wing and has shown at times, he can dominant hockey games. Meier loves to play an in-your-face type of style and can light up the scoresheet with the best of them. He's due a $10 million qualifying offer for next season, but if/when he gets traded, expect to see an extension worked out to lessen the cap hit moving forward. Meier has 12 points in 15 games so far this season and is coming off a 35-goal season in 2021-22. Look for the New Jersey Devils to have a ton of interest in acquiring Meier in a blockbuster deal later this season.

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