Potential 2016 trade deadline targets for Sharks
Will the Sharks make a move?
The NHL trade deadline is a little more than one week away on Feb. 29. The Sharks could use some depth at all three positions, and should have approximately $5 million in salary cap space to play with. Here are some players they could possibly target for a run at the Stanley Cup.
Roman Polak, D -- 29 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $2.75 million cap hit -- The big Toronto defenseman would slot in nicely on the right side of the third pair, adding a bit more physicality to the Sharks’ blue line. The six-foot-one, 227-pounder has limited offense with just one goal and 12 assists in 55 games this season, but leads the lowly Maple Leafs with a plus-eight rating while skating 19:44 a night.
Keith Yandle, D -- 29 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $2.625 cap hit -- Although he’s making $5.75 million in actual dollars this season, the Coyotes retained much of Yandle’s salary when they sent him to New York last season. He would likely require a pretty significant return (think Patrick Marleau), but Yandle is a skilled, offensive defenseman with 4 goals and 33 points this season. He would add some punch to the second power play unit, too.
Dan Hamhuis, D -- 33 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $4.5 million cap hit -- Assuming Vancouver is a seller, which it should be, Hamhuis will generate some attention from the many teams looking for help on the blue line. Although he has no goals and five assists in 34 games this season while battling back from a scary facial injury, Hamhuis is viewed as a responsible two-way blueliner that can play upwards of 20 minutes a night. He’s already been linked to San Jose in some reports, too.
Mike Weber, D -- 28 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $1.67 million cap hit -- A healthy scratch for the past five games in Buffalo (protecting an asset?), Weber has some size (six-foot-two, 217 pounds) and experience (340 career games played). A left-handed shot, he has five points (1g, 4a) and 32 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Sabres this season. He could be a decent insurance guy, while bringing some added physicality on the blue line. He plays a game similar to Brenden Dillon.
Tom Gilbert, D -- 33 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $2.8 million cap hit -- It wouldn’t be a sexy move by any means, but Gilbert is a right-handed shot that could add some depth on the blue line in case of injury, replacing either Dylan DeMelo in the starting lineup or Matt Tennyson as the seventh guy. In 45 games with Montreal this season, Gilbert has just one goal and one assist for two points and 12 penalty minutes.
Mikkel Boedker, F -- 26 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; 3.75 million cap hit -- The Sharks are thin at wing, as neither Matt Nieto nor Melker Karlsson has been able to take the next step, and Tommy Wingels – already struggling offensively – is now hurt. Boedker, who can play on the right or left side, would give that position a significant boost, as he’s Arizona’s third-leading scorer with 38 points (13g, 25a). One concerning stat with the forward is his minus-27 rating, the third-worst mark in the NHL.
Scott Hartnell, F -- 33 years old
Contract: $4.75 million cap hit through 2018-19 -- Make no mistake, Hartnell’s contract is a frightening one, and the forward has even been a healthy scratch at times this season in Columbus. Still, he’s contributed 18 goals and 37 points, and because of his contract he probably wouldn’t require a significant return. Hartnell is a big body (six-foot-two, 214 pounds), as well as a great locker room guy, and has experience in the playoffs when he was outstanding for Philadelphia on its run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
James Reimer, G -- 27 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $2.3 million cap hit -- While it’s perplexing that the Sharks haven’t made a change yet in their backup goalie, perhaps they are looking around. Reimer has more than 200 games of NHL experience with a 2.84 GAA and .914 SP in front of a bad team, and would be a decent insurance guy to have around in case Martin Jones gets hurt or needs a breather. By the way, if you need a reminder of how important a backup can be in the playoffs, just look at Scott Darling’s first round performance for Chicago last season.
Ben Scrivens, G -- 29 years old
Contract: Pending UFA; $1.748 million cap hit -- A cheaper option than Reimer is Scrivens, who was already traded once this season to Montreal from Edmonton. He and Jones have something in common, in that they are both former backups to the Kings’ Jonathan Quick. In 138 career NHL games, Scrivens has a 2.91 GAA and .905 SP, but like Reimer, has played for some bad teams during his five-year career.