Sharks Rumors: Trade Rumors Continue To Swirl As Forward Is Healthy Scratch On Opening Night

Trade rumors are swirling around Kevin Labanc after the surprising decision by the San Jose Sharks to scratch the 27-year-old winger from their opening-night lineup on October 12.

Labanc, who inked a four-year contract in October 2020, has struggled to meet the expectations set by the team, particularly in terms of his on-ice production.

While his name frequently emerges in trade discussions, his hefty $4.725 million cap hit has posed a significant obstacle to any potential deals.

Labanc has shown promise in previous seasons, consistently netting around 20 goals.

With Labanc's impending unrestricted free agency next July, it's becoming increasingly likely that this season could mark his final stint with the Sharks unless a trade materializes, according to Max Miller and Lyle Richardson.

The Sharks may explore trade options during the season, potentially involving the retention of a portion of Labanc's cap hit to make a deal more palatable for other teams.

Alternatively, they might opt to wait until the March 8 trade deadline, potentially making him a more attractive trade target.

The uncertainty surrounding Labanc's future with the Sharks keeps the trade rumors alive and the hockey world on alert. Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports