Report: Sharks likely to trade Sorensen before NHL deadline

Sharks' Marcus Sorensen

The Sharks' back-to-back sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Blues all but cemented their status as NHL trade deadline sellers, considering San Jose ended Saturday 11 points back of St. Louis for the West Division's fourth and final playoff spot.

As attention shifts to whether or not the Sharks' pending unrestricted free agents will remain in teal past 12 p.m. PT on April 12, at least one forward reportedly is attracting interest.

During the Sharks' 5-2 loss to the Blues on Saturday night, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reported on "Hockey Night in Canada" that Marcus Sorensen "has drawn some interest" from teams in the North Division.

"Maybe [he's] a fit in Calgary there," Johnston said during the "Saturday Headlines" segment. "We said [the Flames] were looking for an addition they can add up front, and I do think he will be someone moving before the deadline."

Sorensen, 28, is in the final season of a two-year, $3 million contract extension he signed on Jan. 14, 2019. He has a remaining cap hit of $633,321 as of this writing, according to Cap Friendly.

The Swedish winger has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 17 games this season, averaging 11:38 in ice time. Sorensen scored a career-high 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) two seasons ago, the only NHL season in which he has scored more than seven goals.

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The Sharks traded depth forward Barclay Goodrow to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline last year, fetching a first-round pick in the deal. It's unlikely trading Sorensen will bring the same kind of return to San Jose, as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, doesn't play as much on the penalty kill and hasn't scored as much as Goodrow over the last two seasons. He's also primarily a winger, whereas Goodrow could play center.


Still, the Sharks can afford to accumulate more draft capital. San Jose has six draft picks -- and none in the second round -- in 2021, as well as six -- with none in the fifth round -- in 2022.