3 Potential Trade Destinations For Sharks' Tomas Hertl

The San Jose Sharks are still in the mindset of breaking their team down further after a few major trades in the past year. According to Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News, the Sharks would be open to trading Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture if they wanted out. In the interest of Hertl, we are going to look at three potential landing spots where he could end up if he wants out and the Sharks then trade him.

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are trying to become a competitive team again. They made some fairly significant changes this offseason, but the only star player they added was Alex DeBrincat, and he's coming off a down season. Down the middle, the Red Wings aren't exactly flowing with talent. Dylan Larkin is a strong top-six centerman, but can do with someone else to take pressure off of him. J.T. Compher just isn't going to do that.

While the team has Marco Casper and Nate Danielson in the system, how long are they going to take to develop into top-six centerman if they even do? A spot on the wing is always possible down the line too, but if the Red Wings want to compete sooner than later, another big move is in order.

Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators are going through a retooling. They aren't expected to be at the bottom of the standings, but they appear too weak to make the playoffs either. There are still some very talented players on the team, so either they need a quick turnaround or to go through a rebuild. I would choose the former and acquire a top-six centerman sooner rather than later. Ryan O'Reilly as the team's top center will only take them so far. Hertl would fit in nicely in Nashville and be able to fill the hole they have. There's lots of cap space available as well to work with right now.

Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins noticeably got worse after all the offseason subtractions. The area most impacted was down the middle. Charlie Coyle will have to move up into the top-six and Pavel Zacha will have to move over. Neither are exactly ideal, but it's what the team has to work with this season. A trade to get better at center might not happen just yet, but I could see some moves being made next offseason when there's once again cap space available to them. Hertl would fill a hole for a number of years.

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