Sharks Rumors: Mario Ferraro Trade Talks Heating Up

The San Jose Sharks are becoming a record-setting team this season for all the wrong reasons. GM Mike Grier understands he's in the beginning stages of a full rebuild and it's going to take some serious patience, however he's been recently quoted to say he'd like to hit the fast forward button on the timelines.

Expect to see Grier busy ahead of the March 8 trade deadline with a number of trade conversations ongoing at the moment. While most of the attention has been on the Sharks pending free agents, it's defenseman Mario Ferraro who contending teams continue to call about. 

Ferraro is a defensive defenseman who loves to block shots and is an above-average penalty killer. The 25-year-old blueliner has two more seasons left on his contract, paying him $3.25 million per season and he does not hold any trade protection and can be moved at will.

Recently, Sportsnet's staff listed Ferraro as a player to watch ahead of the deadline:

What do you get for being the San Joe Sharks leader in minutes played on defence? A minus-20-something plus-minus, that’s what. Ferraro, a second-round pick back in 2017, could be better slotted on a stronger D-corps. Maybe a No. 4 next to a partner with an offensive bent. Or a very good No. 5. He’s still young at 25, which means you might have to knock Sharks GM Mike Grier’s socks off to get a deal done. But when your team is where Grier’s is, you know he picks up the phone.

Ferraro remains one of the younger d-men on the market and there's no doubt if teams are looking to acquire him, expect Grier to ask for at least one top prospect and a mid-round pick coming the other way.

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