Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has an item at the top of his offseason wish list and has a price he'd rather not pay.
The Sharks reportedly are pursuing a trade for Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, but details of a possible package still aren't clear, though talks have been deemed "promising."
One thing is for sure: Wilson doesn't want to give up any of his picks in the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft to obtain a goalie.
“You never say never," Wilson told reporters earlier this week (H/T SanJoseHockeyNow.com). "But the quality of this draft really dictates a lot of our decisions. If I’m looking to acquire, for example a goaltender, I would prefer not to have to use picks from this year. Would I listen to [an offer]? Absolutely.
"But this is a pretty good draft for what we’re looking for. Those picks are valued. Our first-round pick next year is valued. Somebody would have to knock my socks off to make me move around on that.”
While the Sharks don't have their own 2020 first-round draft pick, which was traded to the Ottawa Senators in the Erik Karlsson deal, they were able to acquire a first-round selection from the Tampa Bay Lightning when they sent Barclay Goodrow to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in February.
In addition to the No. 31 overall pick, Wilson has two second-round picks, No. 34 and No. 54. The Sharks also have two fifth-round draft picks and two seventh-round draft picks.
For a team that finished with the worst record in the Western Conference (29-36-5), the Sharks desperately need an influx of young talent.
Dubnyk, while he would form a solid duo with starter Martin Jones, is 34 years old, just came off his worst season as a member of the Wild and is entering the final year of his contract. So, unless Wilson gets Minnesota to include a young player with Dubnyk, it doesn't make sense to trade a draft pick for one year of control of Dubnyk.