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MAJOR: Sharks Give Up on Their Captain

Published September 22, 2023 at 7:26 PM
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB

San Jose Sharks Open to Major Changes



San Jose's recent performance, finishing among the bottom five in the league, signals the beginning of a fresh chapter for the team.

Already having offloaded significant assets like Erik Karlsson during this offseason, the San Jose Sharks have taken a turn towards re-strategizing their lineup for the future.

GM Mike Grier Open to Trading Key Players



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In a surprising move, Sharks' General Manager Mike Grier has expressed his willingness to consider trade options for Captain Logan Couture and star forward Tomas Hertl.

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"I check in with (Hertl and Couture) a lot, and if there ever were to come a time when they felt like they needed or wanted to go somewhere else, it's definitely something I would listen to, and if it made sense for us, I would explore it," - Mike Grier

Players' Commitment to San Jose Remains Strong



Couture and Hertl have extended contracts with the Sharks, committing them for multiple years ahead.

While Couture is locked in until the 2026-27 season, Hertl is just starting his second year of a lengthy eight year contract. Despite trade considerations, Grier emphasizes their dedication to the Sharks' mission.

"They're all in," Grier said, "They enjoy working with (head coach David Quinn) and the coaching staff. They're excited by some of the young players."

However, trading either of these players won't be straightforward. Hertl's contract has a no-move clause effective till 2025, and Couture comes with a substantial 29-team no-trade clause.


As Read on HockeyOTB - San Jose Looking To Move On From Their Captain
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