San Jose Sharks Rumors: Trade Rumors Starting To Swirl With Forward

Recent reports from multiple sources suggest that there are increasing trade rumors surrounding Kevin Labanc of the San Jose Sharks.

As Labanc approaches unrestricted free-agent eligibility in a year, the Sharks may view him as a potential trade candidate to alleviate their salary cap situation, especially considering the presence of high-salaried players like Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl, who hold no-trade or no-movement clauses.

Labanc's offensive production has waned since his impressive 56-point season in 2018-19, which could impact his trade value.

Consequently, it is speculated that the Sharks may not receive significant returns if they decide to trade him. Nonetheless, teams in need of offensive depth, such as the New York Islanders, have been mentioned as potential suitors for Labanc.

Although trade discussions have predominantly revolved around Erik Karlsson, it is not out of the realm of possibility for Sharks General Manager Mike Grier to explore options for trading Labanc.

Over his seven-year career, the 27-year-old has amassed 80 goals and 216 points across 432 points.

Given that Labanc's contract has only one year remaining, Grier might be open to retaining a portion of Labanc's salary to facilitate a potential trade, unlike the case with Karlsson.

Labanc is a former sixth-round pick by the Sharks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports