Sharks Rumors: Underrated Forward Becoming Trade Candidate

Alexander Barabanov, the 29-year-old winger for the San Jose Sharks, is emerging as a potential trade candidate ahead of the 2023-24 NHL season.

Despite being a solid performer, putting up a total of 94 points in 160 games over his four-year career, his spot in the team's top-six forward group is in jeopardy.

The Sharks' recent acquisitions of Anthony Duclair and Filip Zadina, along with the expected inclusion of promising prospect William Eklund in the lineup, could leave Barabanov on the outside looking in.

With the Sharks looking to create more cap space for the upcoming season, Barabanov's attractive $2.5 million cap hit and potential value as a contributor could make him an enticing target for playoff contenders at the March trade deadline.

However, his 10-team no-trade clause might limit the number of potential trade partners for San Jose. As the situation develops, the Sharks' management will carefully assess their options to optimize their roster and financial flexibility moving forward.

Whether Barabanov finds himself in a new jersey come next season remains to be seen, but his availability on the trade market is likely to garner interest from teams vying for postseason success.

In any case, the Sharks will have to navigate this potential trade scenario with consideration for their team's needs and the impact on Barabanov's future.

The logjam in the forward positions and the desire to accommodate new talent while staying under the salary cap will weigh heavily on their decision-making. Photo Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports