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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.

Why Sharks' tension with Nazem Kadri boiled over in loss to Maple Leafs

Why Sharks' tension with Nazem Kadri boiled over in loss to Maple Leafs

SAN JOSE -- Barclay Goodrow wasn’t happy with Nazem Kadri.

The two jawed before the opening face-off Thursday night, and Goodrow grabbed the Toronto Maple Leafs center once the puck was dropped, trying to make him drop the gloves. Kadri would not, and the Sharks forward alone headed to the box for roughing eight seconds in.

It was a chippy start for teams that only play twice a season. So, what set off Goodrow?

“[Kadri] chose to fight Jumbo last year off of the opening face-off,” Goodrow told reporters after the Sharks’ 5-3 loss, “who quite frankly shouldn’t have to do that. So, I thought I would try to return the favor.” 

Let’s rewind to Jan. 4 in Toronto, when the teams last met. 

Kadri and Thornton jockeyed for stick position ahead of the opening face-off. The two traded slashes, then words, and finally punches after they were kicked out of the face-off circle before the puck was dropped. 

Kadri also grabbed a piece of Thornton’s beard in the fight, but said at the time that it was unintentional. He told reporters Thursday he figured that fight caused the immediate tension.

“I’m not quite sure why they were still so bitter about it,” Kadri said, “especially when he’s the one [who] initiated it with me, so it’s not like I went out looking for it. … I kind of knew they were pretty agitated from the start, and I figured I’d run with that.” 

The Leafs scored seconds after the ensuing power play expired. 

With the man advantage winding down, Toronto center John Tavares threw the puck in front of the net from behind the goal line. The puck bounced off San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s skate and helplessly through goaltender Martin Jones’ pads.

Up to that point, the Sharks allowed one shot on goal and three attempts on the penalty kill. 

"The biggest thing is [Kadri] got us a power play to start the game,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “They're gonna say it's not a power-play goal because I think there was one second or something [on the clock], but that's a power-play goal. It's a great way to start the game.”

Kadri, who is known for getting under his opponents’ skin, was hit a game-high six times. He drew another penalty later in the first period, then drew and received two of his own when he and Sharks winger Melker Karlsson were twice penalized for roughing in the third.

Still, the Sharks out-attempted (18-16), outshot (11-7), and out-chanced (9-5) the Leafs with Kadri on the ice five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick. San Jose tied the score 3:18 after Tavares’ tally, and held a lead at the end of the first period. 

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Goodrow and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said they did not think Kadri threw the Sharks off their game. DeBoer thought Kadri “crossed the line” fighting Thornton, but said the pre-puck drop confrontation “was the end of it.”

If there is any remaining tension, we’ll know in fewer than two weeks. The Sharks and Leafs conclude their season series Nov. 28 in Toronto. 

Peter DeBoer says Sharks' Tomas Hertl 'probably' won't play vs. Blues

Peter DeBoer says Sharks' Tomas Hertl 'probably' won't play vs. Blues

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks would’ve liked to see Tomas Hertl penciled into Saturday’s lineup against the St. Louis Blues.

It’s looking like that might not be the case.

Hertl participated in team practice Friday, but coach Peter DeBoer told the media the 25-year-old forward "probably" won’t suit up Saturday when the Sharks have their rematch with the Blues.

It will be the second consecutive game Hertl misses on the Sharks’ current six-game homestand, after he was taken out of Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators with a lower body injury.

The Czech winger missed San Jose’s last bout with the Blues on Nov. 9 in St. Louis after being sidelined with a head injury. The Sharks lost that game 4-0.

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There’s no denying the Sharks would like to have Hertl healthy and back in the lineup as soon as possible, given how well he has played so far this season. He has scored 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 16 games, including an assist on Joe Pavelski’s first-period goal in Tuesday’s win over the Nashville Predators.

With Hertl out of the lineup, it’s unclear how the Sharks' forwards will line up against Blues. DeBoer experimented with a number of line combinations with Hertl sidelined. It isn’t clear yet if the combinations used in Thursday’s loss to the Maple Leafs will be the same Saturday.