NHL Rumors: 2 Eastern Conference Teams Linked To Sharks Mario Ferraro

The latest buzz in the NHL trade market has the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders both showing significant interest in acquiring Mario Ferraro from the San Jose Sharks, according to Elliotte Friedman and NHL Trade Rumor. com's Rob Ellis.

Ferraro, with his relatively affordable $3.25 million annual cap hit and two remaining seasons on his contract, has emerged as a coveted asset for teams looking to bolster their defensive corps without breaking the bank.

The Devils, who have been grappling with injuries, particularly the absence of Dougie Hamilton, view Ferraro as a valuable addition to strengthen their blue line.

Meanwhile, the Islanders, renowned for their defensive prowess, see Ferraro as an ideal fit to further enhance their team's performance on the defensive end.

Thus far this season, the 25-year-old has zero goals and four assists, along with an ugly -18 plus/minus rating across 25 games played. He's also averaging 22:02 time on ice this season.

Over his five-year career in the NHL, spent entirely with San Jose, Ferraro has amassed nine goals and 57 total points over 277 games played, along with a -75 plus/minus rating.

He is a former second-round pick (49th overall) by the Sharks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Photo Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports