The Sharks acquired goalie Devan Dubnyk in a trade back in October, but as the team once again appears destined to miss the postseason, he could be on the market.
Dubnyk's contract is expiring at the end of the season, and although he has a 10-team no-trade clause in his deal, he "certainly would waive" it for the right organization if the Sharks elect to move him before the April 12th trade deadline, TSN NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun reported on Wednesday.
“He’s an [undrafted free agent] at the end of the season, I think the Sharks are going to look to go a different route in terms of their goaltending in the offseason, so Dubnyk will be available in all likelihood before April 12th,” LeBrun said on TSN Insider Trading (h/t NHL Trade Talk). “He’s got a 10-team no trade list, but I think for the right contender and right fit, he would certainly waive.”
Dubnyk has played in 14 games (10 starts) for the Sharks this season while platooning with Martin Jones, posting a 3-6 record and a .908 save percentage. He was acquired by San Jose in a trade with the Minnesota Wild before the 2021 season, as the Sharks sent a fifth-round draft pick in exchange for the 34-year-old.
The Sharks have young netminder Alexei Melnichuk waiting in the wings with the Barracuda, so moving on from Dubyk if a team wants to trade for him might make sense, especially given that the Sharks (11-12-3) are not in contention for a spot in the playoffs at this stage of the season.
Standing in second-to-last place in the Honda West Division, the Sharks might be looking at a rebuild after two brutal seasons in a row. Perhaps Dubnyk won't be the only player who gets shipped off to a contender before the upcoming NHL trade deadline.