San Jose Sharks forward Kevin labanc shooting the puck
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Pacific Division Forward Reveals He Wants a Change of Scenery in Emotional Interview

Published February 15, 2024 at 7:49

The San Jose Sharks have been one of the worst teams in the NHL over the past few seasons. One player that has been particularly disappointing this season is Kevin Labanc. With just 7 points this year, the forward revealed that he is looking to move on from the team.

Sharks Forward Discusses Possibility Of Being Traded

Since the Sharks have been in the hunt for the best draft lottery odds this season, it stands to reason that they will be sellers at the trade deadline. One player many expected to be moved is Kevin Labanc, who once scored 56 points playing on a line with Joe Thornton. However, his production this year has been underwhelming at best with just 5 points in 34 games. The forward has been a healthy scratch frequently and regularly gets 4th line minutes when he is playing. His trade value has certainly plummeted, but it seems as though he may be moved regardless. He discussed this possibility recently with Sharks reporter Sheng Peng.

«Maybe when you were younger, you thought you'd be with the same team for your whole career, but that's not necessarily the case. Not everyone can be Marc-Edouard Vlasic or Logan Couture or Tomas Hertl.»

Sharks, Labanc Looking To Mutually Part Ways

Recent reports seem to indicate that the Sharks are not alone in their quest to move Labanc. It has been confirmed by Sharks reporters that the forward's agent has been actively working with the team in an effort to have him traded this season.

Kevin Labanc's agent working with #SJSharks to find a new team for oft-scratched winger

Labanc was a big part of the Sharks in the 2018-19 season, the last year the team made the playoffs. Famously, he was part of the team's heroic comeback in game seven of the 1st round against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks scored four goals late on a major powerplay, taking the lead before ultimately winning the game in overtime. Labanc was the only player to record a point on all four goals of that powerplay.

That being said, Labanc's time as a Shark appears to be coming to a close. Stay tuned to see where the 28-year-old ends up next.
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