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Report: Sharks trying to trade veteran defenseman

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Report: Sharks trying to trade veteran defenseman

Paul Martin’s third season with the Sharks hasn’t quite been the charm.

He left the second game of the season with an ankle injury, and spent much of the year on injured reserve. In his absence, Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan established themselves as regulars along the San Jose blueline, and have seemingly forced Martin out of the lineup.

The 36-year-old has not played in an NHL game since Dec. 7, and is now reportedly on the verge of being traded. The Sharks are now “trying to find him another spot in the NHL,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported.

A trade could come quickly. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo is ready to be activated from injured reserve, and San Jose will need to make a corresponding roster move.

Timo Meier, Joakim Ryan, and Marcus Sorensen can be sent down to the minor leagues without being exposed to waivers, but the Sharks would risk losing any other player to a waiver claim. Otherwise, the Sharks will have to make some “tough decisions,” head coach Peter DeBoer told reporters Saturday morning, according to the Mercury News.

“We’ve got NHL players, in my mind, sitting out every night, so that puts everybody on notice when they’re in there to make the most of the fact that they’re in there, and take themselves out of that conversation for the next game,” DeBoer said.

Martin played in at least 78 games over each of his first two seasons in San Jose. He averaged over 19 minutes per night in ice time, and played alongside Brent Burns for the bulk of the last two years. Burns was a Norris Trophy finalist both years, and won the award last season.

Martin is under contract through the end of next season, and carries a $4.85 million salary cap hit. He can submit a list of six teams he will not accept a trade to, according to Cap Friendly.

Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

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Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

Tomas Hertl was pretty quiet for a majority of the NHL All-Star Game Final.

But with 2:36 remaining in the final period, Hertl gave the Pacific Division a 5-4 lead with a breakaway goal.

The Pacific would hang on to beat the Atlantic Division by that same score, taking home the $1 million dollar prize.

The goal was Hertl's only marker of the All-Star Game Final, but his fifth of the night as he scored four in the semifinal game.

Despite Hertl's gaudy numbers and game-winning goal, he didn't take home the All-Star Game MVP. That went to Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak.

Hertl will receive a hero's welcome when he returns to San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks open the second half of the season at home Monday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

Hopefully for the Sharks, Hertl can carry the momentum into the final few months of the season.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl scores four goals in NHL All-Star Game semifinal

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Sharks' Tomas Hertl scores four goals in NHL All-Star Game semifinal

It didn't take Sharks center Tomas Hertl long to get on the board in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday night.

Midway through the first period of the Western Conference matchup, Hertl gave the Pacific Division a 3-0 lead over the Central Division with a breakaway goal.

Hertl took the outlet pass from Kings center Anze Kopitar and beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington over his left shoulder.

But Hertl wasn't done. Not by a longshot, as he added three more goals to help the Pacific advance to the All-Star Game Final with a 10-5 win over the Central Division.

Hertl earned his first All-Star appearance as a replacement for captain Logan Couture, who fractured his ankle in early January.

In 46 games for the Sharks this season, Hertl has 15 goals and 20 assists.