Sharks Interested In Re-Signing A Couple Of Skilled Players

Mike Grier and the San Jose Sharks might be making some interesting decisions come trade deadline this season. Over the past year the team has sold off Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson and are clearly in a rebuild. They are a likely lottery team this season as well.

When asked about Alexander Barabanov (in the final year of his contract), and Anthony Duclair (recent trade acquisition and in the last year of his contract), Grier said that "there's definitely some merit to extending those guys and having them around here." Both are on very good deals right now, so at the very least, that would mean upping the value on their contracts and convincing them to continue to play for a bottom-feeder.

The expected move would be for the Sharks to trade two of their best trade assets at the deadline to push along their rebuild at a better pace. With how low each of their cap hits are, each could fetch a first round pick, a second round pick, or a better prospect. If the Sharks don't trade one or both and try to re-sign them, they would be investing in a 29 and 30 year old instead of looking towards the future. There have definitely been some questionable moves since Grier has taken over as general manager, but we'll have to wait and see if he adds to it at the trade deadline.

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