Sharks trade defenseman Megna to Kraken for fourth-round pick


The deconstruction of the 2022-23 Sharks continues.

San Jose announced Sunday a trade of defenseman Jaycob Megna to the Seattle Kraken for a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick.

The 30-year-old, signed until the 2023-2024 season for the veteran’s minimum $762,500, has emerged as Erik Karlsson’s primary defensive partner during Karlsson’s return-to-form All-Star campaign. Megna averaged 19:03 a game, the third most among Sharks defensemen. He was heavily relied on to kill penalties and was the fourth most-used among Sharks blueliners.

To soak up Megna’s minutes, the Sharks could turn to recently-concussed Radim Simek, rehabbing Nikolai Knyzhov, recently-acquired Jacob MacDonald, veteran Marc-Edouard Vlaisc, or Scott Harrington.

The Kraken will send the Sharks the latter of their two 2023 fourth-round selections, theirs or the Colorado Avalanche’s.


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